Clovis Man probaby not first inhabitant

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Excavated bones at the Blackwater Draw dig site’s Interpretive Center.

  George Crawford and David Kilby said it is unlikely Clovis Man was the first to inhabit the Americas. But they haven’t seen evidence to disprove the theory either. “Scientifically, there had to be somebody here earlier than the Clovis people,” said Crawford, director of the Blackwater Draw Historical Landmark, where Clovis Man was discovered […]

Fight over grouse continues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., tells an audience full of landowners to hold the federal agency responsible for listing the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” accountable Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]

Principals of success

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Rick Segovia, principal at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary,
monitors the halls during the break on Wednesday. Segovia said he makes sure that the students behave well while they go to their next class.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Lindsey-Steiner Elementary Principal Rick Segovia waited in his office for one of his students. When the student entered his office, he appeared nervous because a visit to the principal’s office doesn’t usually mean a student did something well. But in this case it did. While Segovia may have appeared […]

Portales softball cruises past Ruidoso

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Portales freshman Daizia Looney fires a pitch in the second game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Portales.

Staff report Having a dominant pitcher in fast-pitch softball is nice. Having a backup plan is even nicer. That made Tuesday a very nice night for Portales, as it found a little bit of extra pitching while recording a 15-0, 16-3 doubleheader sweep of Ruidoso in the District 4-3A opener for both teams. Sophomore Kiersten […]

Spring cold snap

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Portales Recreation Center staff member Baron Barber lines up the center’s afterschool program participants Monday afternoon in 40-degree weather as they wait for the center shuttle at James Elementary. Barber and the students were bundled up in jackets and sweaters.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Lindsey-Steiner Elementary student Destinee Cerna said no one in her class was happy about spending recess indoors on Monday due to 30-degree weather. “We played basketball,” said 10-year-old Cerna. “I was annoyed that we couldn’t go outside.” Monday’s cold temperatures weren’t record-breaking, but slight snowfall and cool wind chills […]

Understanding, appreciation came over years

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

By David Stevens Editor William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in […]

Beautiful day for cleaning

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
From left, Petie Baca, Adri Baca and Alexis Gonzales are picking
|up trash from the side of U.S. 70. They were part of Great
American Clean-up on Saturday and they in the group from St. Helen Catholic Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Chyanne Copp, 13, spent her Saturday morning not sleeping in like most teenagers, but with a trash bag and gloves. Copp was alone in this endeavor, but that did not faze her. “I think it is a great thing to do on the weekend and I am keeping our […]

Chili for charity

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
Lynda Putzier, organizer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s chili and cake cook off, serves a piece of Tammy Lewis’ first place cake on Saturday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Tammy Lewis prepared one of her favorite cakes and waited silently for five judges to decide who had best cake. Lewis prepared a key lime cake she found in a cook book and has tweaked into her own recipe that she believes is close to perfection. “I wanted to […]

Not all measles experiences fodder for national news

Grant McGee

By Grant McGee CMI columnist The Lady of the House and I were sitting in the living room in our recliners watching the evening news guy tell of a mumps outbreak in Ohio, measles in Texas and California. “Hmph,” I said to The Lady of the House. “We didn’t make national news when we had […]

Choice is made


  By Christina Calloway Senior writer Two Portales High School seniors aren’t sweating their college choices at all. Jarret Faust and Jennifer Salomon, both honor students, already have their minds made up on where they plan to spend the next four years after graduation. The National Honor Society students were asked questions about their […]

Relay important

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Yolanda Sanchez, secretary at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary and the school’s Relay for Life coach, works on the flyers for selling popcorn. Sanchez has been conducting several fundraisers to help her team raise money.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.   By Lillian Bowe Staff writer It’s been a big part of her life for the last decade, but the Portales Relay for Life takes on even more importance this year for Yolanda Sanchez. Last May, Sanchez […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

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Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvyng Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquilo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Cemetery improvement meeting’s focus

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More than 30 citizens gathered Tuesday at the Portales Memorial Building to discuss the future of the Portales Cemetery.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Cemetery tours, the creation of conservancy, and reviewing cemetery policy were a few of the ideas pitched by citizens and city officials Tuesday evening to improve the Portales Cemetery. The ideas were just a start for the Friends of the Cemetery group’s first meeting. The group was created by […]

Decision time


  The clock is ticking for Dora high school senior Katie Bickley in choosing a college. As many students across the nation, Bickley is busy these days thumbing through college brochures and visiting campuses to make the best decision for her future. Bickley was asked a series of questions in regard to her decision making. […]

Mrs. Portales excited about pageants


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer It will be a first for Mrs. Portales Lorissa Marshall, 25, donning sash and crown and strolling down the catwalk in heels in front of hundreds. Marshall will do just that June 28 in Albuquerque at the African American Performing Arts Center, competing for the title of Mrs. New […]

Expanded hours


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Running a ranch and being a mother of four, Amanda Belcher of Dora spends lots of time juggling responsibilities. It doesn’t help that her two younger children are at an age when they’re prone to come down with the usual array of childhood illnesses. That’s meant plenty of […]

Dairy recovery steady

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The eastern New Mexico dairy industry is getting some relief from four years of decline, according to local officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Curry County dairyman Albin Smith said there were many days over the last four years when he wasn’t sure his business was going to make it. Smith, the owner of Curry County dairies SAS and Arrowhead, said trying to bounce back from four years of decline has not and […]

Future economy outlook mixed bag


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer The U.S. economy will have 55 million job openings through 2020 and not enough workers to fill them, according to a 2013 study by Georgetown University based out of Washington, D.C. According to the study, over the course of the next several years, the U.S. will see 24 million […]

Art meets the sidewalk

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There were 47 artists participating in the sidewalk chalk competition, sketching designs under the theme “Dreams and Nightmares.”

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Dreams and nightmares are what Portales High School senior Kaytlin Driscoll’s sidewalk art was about. One side — a seemingly innocent girl’s dreams. The other — someone turning her dreams into a nightmare. “She looks innocent, but she is really not and that is why her dream is turning […]

Columnist lives complicated life

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Wendel Sloan's complicated life includes regular encounters on the ENMU tennis court.

David Stevens Editor Everybody knows Wendel Sloan. He’s director of media relations at Eastern New Mexico University, commissioner of the college’s noon-time hoops league and a Sunday columnist for this newspaper. I’ve known Sloan for 20 years. We used to get in trouble together writing columns for the Amarillo newspaper. But does anyone really know […]