Year in review: Sunland close leaves its mark

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Sunland Inc.., once the nation’s largest organic peanut producer, closed its doors for good in October, unable to recover from a national product recall in the fall of 2012 linked to salmonella.

Editor’s note: This is No. 1 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Portales, most of eastern New Mexico and even its workers were stunned in October when Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. Ultimately, the nation’s largest organic peanut producer was unable […]

County’s first same-sex license issued

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Stephanie Reynolds signs her marriage license Monday afternoon in the Roosevelt County Courthouse in the presence of County Clerk DeAun Searl and her soon-to-be spouse, Annie Garza.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Stephanie Reynolds and Annie Garza weren’t thinking about being trend setters when they applied for Roosevelt County’s first same-sex marriage license. They just wanted to exercise their newly granted right by the state Supreme Court. “We’re not doing this to make anybody mad,” Garza said after receiving the […]

San Jon native raised to rank of captain of spirit squad

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Morgan Foster at the Lone Star Football Festival in Cowboy Stadium.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Morgan Foster of San Jon joined the Eastern New Mexico University spirit squad in the fall semester of 2010. She became the team captain this year. Being the leader of the squad has posed many challenges, but for Foster the biggest challenge was trying to be the best […]

Escapes trouble county

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The hole allegedly torn in the roof by Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Two jail breaks with inmates using almost the same techniques to break through the roof earlier this year bring stepped up security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 2013. The jail will be receiving a new $57,000 roof from cash accumulated for housing inmates from other counties. […]

Long, winding road

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Constructors Inc. officials are saying they will wrap up phase two of what was supposed to be a year-long project in January and move onto phase three in March. The project began in May 2012.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A construction project on the city’s major throughway that will run well past its projected completion date proved a major inconvenience and source of complaints for drivers and businesses alike in 2013. Began in May 2012, the refurbishing of U.S. 70 was supposed to be a year-long project. […]

ENMU hoping for fall 2015 stadium opening

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

Editor’s note: This is No. 5 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com If everything goes as planned, Eastern New Mexico University will be playing home football games on campus as soon of 2015. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of its student body […]

10-year tradition

Dozens of people were lined up at the El Rancho buffet during lunch on Christmas day. Many newcomers could be found at the dinner this year.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com What started out 10 years ago as a means for Joe Garcia to share his family’s love has now become exactly what he envisioned it to be. “One day, I was just taken aback by how big and loving and giving my family is and I just wanted […]

Home for Christmas

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Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

New deputy no stranger to Portales

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A new face of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, Deputy James Beatty, 28, is not a stranger to Portales. Beatty, born and raised in Roswell,  went to New Mexico State University for his education, but found the second largest city in New Mexico too big. Transferring to Eastern […]

New clerk appointed

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Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer swears in DeAun Searl as Roosevelt County’s new county clerk Monday. The seat became vacant Friday after former Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned in protest because issuing same-sex marriage licenses conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission grudgingly filled the county clerk position Monday that was vacated last week in protest to New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. During an emergency meeting Monday, commissioners expressed their disappointment with state Supreme Court’s ruling but felt […]