Portales takes a break

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Elijah Alamideen, 3, plays with his toy cars as Atlas Floyd, 1, watches. Floyd and Alamideen came to Rotary Park on Monday with their respective families to play since it was Labor Day and neither of their parents had to work.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Monday was a quiet and sleepy Labor Day in Portales as residents enjoyed their free day from work and school by relaxing with friends and family, cooking up something good on the grill, or by simply hanging out at home. The local parks were a popular place […]

Fishing for family fun

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Sonya Montoya and her uncle Tommy Salas chat while fishing Saturday during the catfish derby at Oasis State Park. Montoya and Salas came to compete along with five other members of their
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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Patience was virtue at the fifth annual Biggest Catfish Derby Challenge Saturday at Oasis State Park. Some 177 competitors and their families lined the lake at Oasis, trying to win a cash prize and bragging rights for catching the biggest catfish. Competitors paid $5 to fish for […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Escorted by the motorcycles, the Clovis High School Wildcats football team hit the field for Friday night’s opener against Cherry Creek, Colo., at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Front door access returned

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Russell Critchell, top, and Paul Garcia set up the bases for new street lights on Main Avenue on Thursday. Construction will be ongoing in the downtown area until at least late October, according to construction officials.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Business owners on Second Street in the downtown area will get some relief now that front door access to their shops has been returned as construction officials for the U.S. 70 project are shifting gears to expedite their time in that area. But construction will be ongoing downtown, […]

Q&A: A time to rebuild

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Kristen Soukup has the task of rebuilding the Eastern New Mexico University women’s softball program after serving as the director of compliance for ENMU last year. After a successful playing career at Concordia University, where she was named NCAA Regional Tournament most valuable player in 2005 and 2006, Soukup joined the staff at Concordia. How […]

Hatchery conducting proper steps, state says

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Privett Hatchery is decontaminating all eggs before entry to its hatchery and is taking other steps to ensure consumer safety, according to the state’s health department, after the Portales facility was tied to a national salmonella outbreak last week. The hatchery, which supplies baby chicks, ducklings and other […]

Lady Rams beat Hobbs; Rams edge Clovis JV

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CMI staff The Portales High volleyball team oplened its season on Tuesday night by spanking Hobbs 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS pulled away in each game to win comfortably against the Class 5A Lady Eagles (0-2). “It was back and forth for the first few points (in each set),” Lady Rams […]

Q&A: Blades and his band

Courtesy photo
Jack Blades, center, of Night Ranger said the group has been touring a lot this summer, including shows with Journey, Loverboy and Cheap Trick.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com From the moment Jack Blades first saw the Beatles, he knew he wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, bassist, songwriter and producer with more than 30 years in the business, Blades has worked with the likes of Ted Nugent, Cher, Ringo Starr, […]

Saturday Success

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Fair officials said 4-H activities, including the swine show pictured here, as well as Saturday night entertainment made this year’s fair a success.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A crowded Saturday made up for a slow week at the fair, resulting in ticket sales being nearly the same as 2012’s fair, according to Roosevelt County Fair officials. Fair Board Treasurer David Craig said Saturday night’s ticket sales were the largest of any Saturday in the last […]

Coolest county companions

Companions

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Saturday might as well have been designated children’s day at the Roosevelt County Fair, as activities geared towards the little ones dominated the action early. The pet show brought out some of the coolest companions in the county and the stick horse race highlighted a family fun […]

Youth participate in livestock sale

WonderShow

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Between the loud cheering and toe tapping that matched the auctioneer’s rhythm, if audience members paid attention, they might have known they were being fooled by Tayler Fraze’s confident smile. While the 16-year-old reigned supreme as the steer grand champion at the Roosevelt County Fair, she said it was an emotional […]

Home Arts Barn has variety of exhibits

CMI staff photo: Kevin Baird
Reggie Yarbrough stops to look at a Boy Scout exhibit in the Home Arts barn at the Roosevelt County Fair. Yarbrough, who recently moved to Portales from Alaska, said this is the first county fair she has been to. Yarbrough is a police officer in Portales.

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com For Reggie Yarbrough, the Home Arts Barn at the Roosevelt County Fair was a chance to learn more about her new community. A Portales police officer and transplant from Palmer, Alaska. Yarbrough said Friday it was her first time at a county fair, and she was enjoying the fair as she […]

Police: Abduction warning a hoax

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis police say a warning about a man trying to abduct area children is a Facebook hoax. The report apparently duped police at Eastern New Mexico University and campus security at Clovis Community College. On Thursday, CCC Director of Campus Security Freddie Salazar passed along an email received […]

Competition spans three generations

Cowshow

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It was all family at the 2013 Roosevelt County Fair Replacement Dairy Heifer Show, as Dottie Tipton got to watch her grandchildren compete 40 years after competing herself. “When I was young I showed registered Herefords,” said Tipton. “I competed myself in these same fairgrounds from 1972-1974.” […]

Giving their all

Goats

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Children from 9 to 18 showed mixed expressions of nervousness, excitement, and anxiety during the 2013 Roosevelt County Market Goat Show. Some of the goats looked as nervous as their owners, but all went well as Raeona Sanders, 17, and Kynzi Crieghton, 15, repeated as Grand Champion […]

Xcel Energy educates customers

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders got a closer look at how Xcel Energy brings the local communities power and the company’s future plans at what Xcel calls its Customer and Community Xchange meeting Wednesday in Portales. The meeting was one of six in Xcel’s Texas-New Mexico service area this week and […]

My Turn: Fair is bouquet of memories

Betty Williamson

The News-Tribune website conducted a poll this week asking readers, “What is your favorite part about the fair?” Participants could choose “the food,” “the rides,” “the animal shows,” “the music,” or “I don’t go to the fair.” Another answer needed to be there. It’s the reason I go to the fair, and why I’ll bet […]

Show of the swine

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There was no bigger smile in the show arena than the one coming from 12-year-old Devin Medina, who proved to be a competitor to be reckoned with at his first try at the swine show of the Roosevelt County Fair. Medina, of Portales, wore his second-place ribbon proudly […]

Prepping for the show

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Heather Buzard said the hardest part about raising 22 animals this year was going from barn to barn in the heat of the day to check on them. She hopes her hard work and investment in her animals will prove to be a fruitful endeavor this year at […]

New ENMU professors incoming

New Professors

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Every semester, Eastern New Mexico University adds new professors and instructors to their faculty. Many are students themselves, and teach while attaining a higher degree. Others may have worked in the field they teach, and come back to be instructors. Classes start today. Here are five with […]