Cabledue claims win for PHS girls

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero 
Portales’ Hannah Cabledue takes first place in the 3A girls pole vault competition Saturday morning during the 2014 NMAA state championship at the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Hannah Cabledue came through big-time for the Portales Lady Rams. Seeded No. 1 going in, Cabledue broke her own school record and nearly set a Class 3A girls mark on Saturday in winning pole vault competition at 10 feet even. With the win already salted away, Cabledue had the bar set […]

Thrill of the hunt

Lillian Bowe:
Staff photo
Molly Glowacki, right, and teammate Wendy Turner read their clues for the scavenger hunt hosted by One Community, which began at Daylight Donuts on Saturday. There were 15 clues which Glowacki and Turner had to find around Portales.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Molly Glowacki and Wendy Turner read the clue. “The neon sign of Portales.” The reference escapes Glowacki, a Clovis resident, while Turner, a secretary at Eastern New Mexico University, tries to think of all the neon signs in Portales. It’s no easy task at high noon, with most neon […]

Furry friends

Courtesy photo
The Kirby family welcomes their newest addition, Trenton, after he was adopted through Hope Defined Animal Rescue.

Editor’s note: May is National Pet Month in the U.S. Area families celebrate their furry family members and the benefits they’ve brought to the family. By Christina Calloway At the end of a long day, Dan Paciello’s stress can be relieved when greeted by his black Labrador Sox. “He’s definitely my best buddy,” said […]

Lengthy service


Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Jackie Burns has been with the Portales Municipal Schools for 30 years working as a teacher, principal and currently as the director of special student services. Burns will be retiring in July […]

City commission hopefuls speak out


By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County Commission candidates were asked a series of questions to help voters understand their positions on the issues. District 3 and District 4 are the only contested commission races in the June 3 Republican primary. There are no Democrats running for those positions. District 3 Charles Bennett, 62, is […]

Students create jingle for water conservation

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students, from right to left, Kylie Niece, Taryn Wood, Brie Russ, Sean Carandall, Ruth Chavez and Juan Manuel Carbajal, talk about water conservation with their teacher Danna Smith on Wednesday at Lindsey-Steiner. Smith is showing them a poster about conservation.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Water conservation for Lindsey-Steiner student Taryn Wood is an important topic to her. “We have to conserve water for the future generation. We can’t survive without it,” Wood said. Wood and six other fifth grade students, with the help of their teacher Danna Smith, created a jingle to bring […]

Drug Court commemorates eight years with celebration

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Ninth Judicial District Adult Drug Court
participants gather up food they collected for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday at the Drug Court celebration in the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Pamala Combs looked onto a group of recovering drug addicts Wednesday as she gave an emotional plea for them to stay consistent with their efforts to be sober. A grandmother from Clovis, Combs told her story of drug abuse and the long road to recovery. She said she would reach […]

Student profiles: Floyd High School


Editor’s note: It’s graduation season. This is the second story in a series of Roosevelt County graduate profiles. By Christina Calloway Senior writer Four Floyd High School students shared their hopes for the future and reflected on their high school careers as their senior year comes to an end. Graduation is at 1 p.m. […]

Firefighters in training

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
 Firefighters assist in extricating new recruit Andrew Bernal who, in the scenario, had become unconscious and had to be carried through the window when leaving the building. The trainings are to help the novices adapt to real-life situations.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer It seems like a dream deferred, but at 38, Nole Pitts said being a firefighter is his calling. Pitts expected to join a department in Arizona after graduating from the fire academy several years ago. But after a state hiring freeze, he moved to Illinois where he was part of […]

Winning work

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Kathy Jennings does one of her daily duties as postmaster, time stamping all the mail that comes into the office on Monday at the Floyd post office. This year Jennings won the New Mexico Postmaster of the Year, which is voted by other postmasters around the state.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Kathy Jennings has lived in McAlister for most of her life and 16 years ago she took over the job of being a postmaster at the town’s post office. Then in 2004, Jennings took the postmaster job at Floyd and the community has taken notice of her hard work. […]

Graduation commences


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer After seven years of school, Judy Crockett is ready to go to work. Getting her master of business administrations, Crockett will be working as a certified public accountant. Crockett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with 561 students on Saturday at a packed Greyhound Arena. This was the largest […]

Women building

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Laura Morrison, left, is cutting headers for the Fifth Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday. Gary Rhode is supervising the build, teaching the women safety tips and other techniques for building.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The day before Mother’s Day, Anna Walker invited her mother-in-law, Becky Walker, to help build a house. Anna, originally from Brazil, wanted to spend more time with the mother of her husband. “She is so present in my life and she is my friend. We share everything and I […]

Soldier honored with ‘tiny detail’

Courtesy photo
Casper Eurlings said J. Laverne Nicklas deserves to ‘have his correct name on his grave,’ and so he helped make that happen.

By David Stevens PNT editor Nobody alive today remembers what the J stood for, if it stood for anything. But the man was a war hero and he deserved to be remembered by the proper name. And so last month, thanks to a World War II researcher and a man who regularly visits the American […]

County candidates showcase skills at Yam Theatre

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry tests the mic Thursday night at the Roosevelt County Election Forum held at the Yam Theatre. Behind him are the Republican Roosevelt County Commission candidates facing off in the June primary.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County candidates in the June primary election showcased their public speaking skills and showed voters their differences and similarities from their opponents Thursday at an election forum held in the Yam Theatre. The forum was sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and gave voters a better picture […]

Going places


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Kamarie Schmidt, 24, has many plans when she leaves Portales. One will be going to the University of Northern Iowa to get her master’s degree in music education. “I am a little apprehensive being 16 hours away from home, but I am very excited too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt, from […]

Protect and serve

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Detective Christopher Mitchell, right, talks to patrol Lt. David Meeks on outside the Portales Police Department. Mitchell has been a part of the department since 2013 and served in the Air Force for 22 years.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Detective Christopher Mitchell gets paid to talk to people, which is one of the many reasons he loves his job at the Portales Police Department “The people in this department are great […]

Brown gets grant for public preschool

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
 Tanya Baca, secretary at Brown Early Childhood Center, sets up paperwork that parents must fill out for the new preschool program on Wednesday at the school. Enrollment started on Tuesday and if more than 60 students apply, the students will be chosen by lottery.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Brown Early Childhood Center was awarded the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department grant, which provides money to create a public preschool for 4-year-olds. Rebecca Flen, the principal of Brown, said the school asked for 200 places for the students, but the grant only funds 60 students. “It […]

County clerk candidates weigh in


Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Clerk in the June 3 primary election. Both candidates responded to a series of questions from the Portales News-Tribune: Beverly Bennett Age: 58 Profile: She has been a real estate broker and manager since 1993 and has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission since […]

Out of commission

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command Commander,  gives his remarks at Tuesday’s afternoon AC-130H retirement and Grave Digger dedication at Cannon Air Force Base air park.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer It was clear Tuesday afternoon that being a member of a gunship is more than just a job. It’s a culture. And more importantly to those who have served on one, it’s being part of a family. “In my opinion, there’s only two types of people in the Air […]

Sisters share wedding day

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sisters Katelyn Aulson, left, and Emily Aulson set up the Under Ground Embassy for their wedding reception to be held there on Sunday.

By Emily Crowe Sisters Katelyn and Emily Aulson have been extremely close their entire lives. Both born and raised in Clovis and both labor and delivery nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center, the sisters got engaged just one month apart and will get married Sunday in a double wedding ceremony. “To me, there would […]