Striking a chord

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]

La Casa strikes deal for ENMU health services

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students will no longer have to be referred to Roosevelt General Hospital for medical needs that can’t be taken care of at the school’s clinic as officials finalized a deal to contract medical services from La Casa Family Health Center. The nurse practitioner who […]

Salmonella case at Portales hatchery considered closed

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A New Mexico Department of Health official labeled a nationwide salmonella outbreak connected to a Portales hatchery in August a “case closed.” The department’s Public Information Officer David Morgan said Privett Hatchery, which supplies baby chicks and other live baby poultry, has corrected the issues that linked a […]

Education feature: Class shows students how to take a dive

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by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com This fall at Eastern New Mexico University, exploration is just a dive away as a scuba diving certification course will be available to the public. The class is taught by Mike Hale, who has been holding scuba certification courses at ENMU for the past 11 years. “Mike […]

West Nile Virus cases reported

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CMI staff A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Shaking up business

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Drug shakes town

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Christian Garcia said it will take more than pep rallies to rid his school of synthetic marijuana, its street name known as spice, because it’s popular among students right now. “They have these pep rallies but the ones who are doing it aren’t going to stop because of […]

Q&A: Ex-marine leads police force

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Interim police chief Pat Gallegos has come a long way. Nineteen years ago he had just graduated from Portales High School and was headed to the Marines and now Gallegos is the Interim Chief of Police. With the police department in an uncertain situation after the resignation […]

Aiming for Glory

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Chiefs running back Griffin Hooker, 10, rumbles over Broncos defenders on his way to the goal line.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Grade school students from across Roosevelt County aimed for gridiron glory Saturday as Portales City Sports kicked off their youth tackle football season at the Portales Junior High football field. “I was pretty much born a football fan so I’m ready,” said Alex Cleveland, 9, of the […]

Groundwater discharge hearing set

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dairymen felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give them a platform to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December 2010 […]