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Courtesy photo: Clayton Barber gives a demonstration on fire resistant clothing at the New Mexico Ag Expo, one of several seminars hosted at the two-day event.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Ag Expo organizers said this year’s seminars garnered good feedback from attendees. In its 22nd year, the New Mexico Ag Expo brought new trends and kept old traditions to cater to the agricultural communities of New Mexico and west Texas. The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday at the […]

Training to fetch

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Kyle Dillard has one of his dogs herd the sheep to him on Wednesday at Idsinga Pavilion. This male border collie is still in training.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Twister, a 1-year-old border collie, with the help of his owner, Kyle Dillard of Milnesand, herded six sheep into a pen at the Idsinga Pavilion on Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo. Dillard breeds, raises and trains border collies for herding cattle and other livestock. Dillard presented […]

VFW honors students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Gage Fontenot, left, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Paul Henderson at the VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Award dinner Wednesday night. Fontenot was one of 14 winners.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer K.C. Alatorre aspires to go to a good college and become an NBA player. The seventh-grade Portales Junior High student knows he only has a shot at his dreams because of the freedom he has to do so, and that’s what makes him a patriot. Alatorre was one […]

Man arrested on child exploitation charges

Robert Hawkins

  A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against […]

Rams return favor with victory at Lovington

Basketball in Flame

CMI staff LOVINGTON — After losing at home to Lovington last week, the Portales Rams returned the favor Tuesday night. Senior post Zach Campbell led three Rams in double figures with 14 points in a 59-53 victory over the Wildcats that puts PHS (13-11, 2-1 district) into the lead in the 4-3A race and in […]

Former Melrose coach arrested, charged


CMI staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

Do-it-yourself goes ag


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Glenda Belcher has found a use for all of those pallets that accumulate over the years in the barns of farmers. The Curry County extension agent and home economist kicked off the 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo by showing a group of about 75 people Tuesday how […]

Bigger things coming — Q&A


Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Stanley Livengood just got settled into Portales as Monday was his first day at the new director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. (RCCDC). Livengood was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, got his degree in Humanities from the University of Texas in San Antonio and then […]

Expo set for Tuesday

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Leroy Manzanares hang a sign Friday for the New Mexico Ag Expo. The two-day event begins Tuesday and includes workshops on horse training, paint mixing and healthy at-home cooking.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo is reaching out to modern farmers and ag producers. The two-day event is set for Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said there are several seminars that will appeal to the technology of […]

Sherri knows best

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Sherri Best holds her first granddaughter McKinley at her home. Best said she really enjoys holding and playing with McKinley, who is 5 months old.

Sherri Best is the first to greet you at the Roosevelt County Extension agency. With a smile, Best will help you with what you need. Moving from Wyoming to Portales in 1980 to attend Eastern New Mexico University, she now lives in Elida with her husband. Best’s children were participated in Future Farmers of America, […]

Romance in the air

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sean Martinez loads his truck with more Valentine’s Day floral arrangements Friday afternoon. According to Kathy Cox, manager of Clovis Floral, the floral shop made more than 500 deliveries Friday, which resulted in increasing the number of delivery drivers from one to eight.

  Even after 27 years of marriage, Bob and Lisa Farkas are still trying to one up each other  when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts and gestures. In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Clovis couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary Friday. Bob, an insurance adjuster, had to travel to Tucumcari on business, so Lisa […]

Healthy exchange


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University student Robbie Garcia said he’s prone to accidents. A former athlete, the sophomore from San Jon said he still exercises regularly, so he’s in the market to purchase health insurance, but the social work major didn’t have an idea of where to start. Garcia […]

ENMU presenting Hansel & Gretel this weekend


CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will present Hansel & Gretel, a Fairy-Tale Opera this weekend for the local community. The operatic adaptation of the fairy tale, originally written by Englebert Humperdink, is directed by ENMU faculty members Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and Kimberly Gelbwasser, and will feature actors from the school’s Stagecraft for Singers class, as […]

They’re all business

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Members of the Dora Business Professionals of America Chapter cut out paper hearts Tuesday for their kiss-o-gram fundraiser . The kiss-o-grams will have candy kisses attached to the hearts with a personal message on the hearts as well.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Shania Ramirez said she joined the Business Professionals of America at the beginning of the school year because she wanted to gain professional skills the club teaches, which includes how to run a meeting and how to write a professional letter. Now Ramirez is one of the nine […]

Lovington sweeps PHS


By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer Quantel Nash had 18 points, including a key three-point play in the closing minutes, helping the Lovington Wildcats escape a raucous Ram Athletic Center with a 50-44 win over Portales on Tuesday night. Stephen Lennox added 10 points for the Wildcats, who evened up the three-team District 4-3A […]

Portales City Council Ward A — Q&A


Ward A is the only contested race in the Portales City Council municipal election. Candidates were asked five questions. The questions and candidate responses:   Antonio Salguero Q The police department has been hit hard by scandal and turnover in the past few years. What changes would you push for to improve the department? A […]

What do you love to do?

Sandy Fields

I write. When I’m choking with grief, I find solace in putting my emotions into written words. A beautiful scene inspires me to find the perfect descriptive adjectives. A special moment brightening my day must be preserved in a paragraph. Over the years, I’ve written thousands of letters to family and friends. Funny… I was […]

Streamlining medicine


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer As part of a federal mandate of the Affordable Care Act, Roosevelt General Hospital installed a new patient registration system that is completely electronic in late-January. The $2.8 million program, which had been in development since April, is still in its beginning phases. According to RGH Spokeswoman Amber […]

Deleon found guilty of murder

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Enrique Deleon, middle, is seated by a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy shortly after the jury announced a guilty verdict. Deleon was convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2011 shooting deaths of his next-door neighbors, Joe Valero, 44 and Lupita Castaneda, 25.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Jurors took less than an hour Friday to convict Enrique Deleon of the first-degree murders of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25. Deleon faces mandatory life in prison on both convictions, plus another eight years for two counts of child abuse, […]

Chamber honors its own

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Rose Robbins was awarded with the Workhorse of the Year award for 2013 at Thursday night’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Yam Theater.

  Local business owners and community members filled the seats of the Yam Theatre Tuesday to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce members who exemplified service in 2013 during the chamber’s annual banquet. The chamber’s 2013 President Megan Hamilton became emotional when announcing the Workhorse of the Year because she […]