High school girls explore Girls’ State

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Dana Thalmann, left, Belle Toney, center, and Shondiin Lewis attend a meeting for their fictional city on Monday as part of New Mexico Girls’ State. The program started on Sunday and will continue until the end of the week.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com With the help of past alumni and volunteers, New Mexico Girls’ State is exploring the world of government at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) this week. Girls’ State is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and mimics local and state government to give juniors in high […]

Musician Andy Mason wins two music awards

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Andy Mason won two awards from the New Mexico Music Awards show held  Saturday at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Mason has been a musician for 20 years and is getting ready to headline a 57-stop tour this summer.

STAFF REPORT Portales musician Andy Mason took home two prizes Saturday from the annual New Mexico Music Awards. “I’ve submitted work and been nominated before, but this is the first time I’ve won,” Mason said. “It feels nice to get recognition for all of the hard work.” Mason’s composition, “Empty,” won in two categories for […]

A cleaning endeavor

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Chris Martinez, left, and Emmery Gay help clean up the community on Monday by picking up trash to raise money for the PHS band. They will return on Wednesday to also paint dumpsters.

Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com On Monday, the Portales High School (PHS) band cleaned up the community to raise money for new equipment. Jennifer Johnson, band director for the past eight years, directed the 20 students from colorguard, drumline and leadership in picking up trash in a three block radius around the courthouse. The students […]

Portales to have a winery in near future

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Doug Redmond planted over 150 vines on his land this spring in preperation for his new winery, which will open after the vines have had about three years to grow.

STAFF REPORT The first commercial winery to come to Portales is in the process of being built. Doug Redmond, the owner of 3 Mules Winery, said he began planning the business in September. “I have an acre and a quarter of grapes planted on my land, and in three years, the 155 vines will produce […]

45th Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

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Pioneer Days parade organizer John Montano expects about 100 entries for the annual Saturday morning parade down Main Street.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A 1978 speech by radio commentator Paul Harvey tells us God made a farmer on the eighth day. Some time after, Clovis Pioneer Days organizers reasoned, there would be other needs. “So God made a cowboy,” and it’s being celebrated this week. Wilma Fulgham, who’s been promoting the Western […]

Variety of talent, food found at fiesta

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Sally Romero, left, and Manuela Torres, right, is helped by Onavaya Sintas, 7, to collect ticket Friday evening at the fiesta dinner and variety show. Onavaya also took part in the variety and song the theme song from the movie “Frozen”.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Variety shows are just that — a variety. You never know what you’re going to get, what you’ll witness or what you’ll have to grin and bear through for the sake of the performers. The audience didn’t have to bear 7 year-old Onavaya Sintas’s talent, though, who performed at […]

Sounds of movie gunshots caught attention

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“Comancheria” bank robbers, played by actors Ben Foster and Chris Pine, speed away from shotgun fire during a scene filmed Friday afternoon on Pile Street in Clovis.

Star search The story of “Comancheria,” which is being filmed in eastern New Mexico, involves a divorced dad and his ex-con brother who resort to a bank-robbery spree. The brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, go on a collision course with a Texas Ranger, played by Jeff Bridges, who is determined to bring […]

Star search: Finally got a star sighting

Actor Chris Pine walks out of Western Bank, transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank, on Thursday during filming of “Comancheria” on Pile Street in Clovis.

The latest filming of “Comancheria” took place on Thursday at the Western Bank in downtown Clovis. The bank was transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank of west Texas. On my way to work Thursday, the roads were blocked off a few blocks from the office, between Seventh and 11th streets. At first, I was […]

New Mexico Boys’ State at ENMU

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Isaiah Thomas, right, and Kevin George start their career as Boys’ State Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday. Boys’ State teaches rising seniors in high school how government in their state works.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com New Mexico Boys’ State is occurring at Eastern New Mexico University this week. Boys’ State is a national program dedicated to teaching incoming high school seniors the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and how national, state, county, and city governments work in their particular area. The students are first […]

Kids’ College back for summer

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ENMU Kids College kicks off Monday with local children having the opportunity to interact with other kids in sports, art, swimming and more.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University is getting ready to bring back another summer of fun and activities with their annual program, Kids’ College. Ciara Gilliland, coordinator for Kids’ College, said the goal is to give children in the community a fun, safe place where they can learn throughout the summer without actually feeling like […]

Celebration of the summer season

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Chardonnay, left, and Nevaeha Brown play basketball while waiting for their lunch from the La Casa lunch program.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Classes let out for summer vacation Thursday and Portales students are gearing up for their days off. Keagen Chambers, 10, is very excited to spend his summer visiting various water parks, he said. His family will be going to both Oklahoma and Albuquerque to celebrate the summer season. Despite […]

Cannon breaks ground on new medical clinic

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Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has a conversation with Meredith Bender and Dave Wagner of JE Dunn Construction prior to the Tuesday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical clinic. Bender worked for 40 years and was present for the 1968 groundbreaking of the current facility, which will be replaced in 2018 by  the $53 million facility.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com With seven shovels — six silver, one gold — pointed into the earth, people associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s past, present and future in medical care dug into the future site of the new Cannon Medical Clinic. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday afternoon for the $53 million project, headed up […]

Library summer reading program launches Monday

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Tawna Luscombe, children’s librarian at the Portales Public Library, sets up for the Summer Reading Program. The program begins Monday.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Portales Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs themed “Every Hero Has a Story” launches Monday. The program features reading incentives for both young adults and children as well as activities every day. The reading incentive programs must be registered for but the everyday events are open to the public […]

Honoring those who sacrificed

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David Myers, left, and James Kyte raise the flag to half mass at the American Legion Memorial Day program on Monday. Myers is retired from the Air Force and Kyte is retired from the Navy.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The American Legion held their 69th annual Memorial Day program Monday led by American Legion Commander Joe Blair with guest speaker Staff Sgt. Anthony Nestasie. Every year, the American Legion gathers people in the cemetery to remember their fallen comrades. “It is a chance to remember our fallen brothers […]

Lights, camera, “Comancheria”

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No, Portales isn't getting a new bank ... it's just Hollywood moving in to Charles Brooks' optometrist office at Second and Abilene, where filming for "Comancheria" is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Portales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Bank robberies and shootouts are coming to Clovis — but never fear, they’re all part of the movie “Comancheria,” which begins filming Monday. “Comancheria” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, and is directed by David Mackenzie. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film is about […]

Portales students take next step

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Portales High School valedictorian Hannah Evans gives her speech,  encouraging classmates to be all they can be during Friday’s PHS graduation ceremony.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Portales High School saw 156 graduates off on Friday night at their graduation ceremony held at Greyhound Arena. “We are not excited to see it end, but we are excited to see our hard work pay off,” PHS salutatorian McKenzie Bucksath said in her welcoming at the PHS graduation […]

Portales leaders talk about relationship prospects

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Jean-Marc Gandonou, left, assistant professor of economics, and Dean Janet Buzzard from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business held a round table Thursday with the businesses of Portales to discuss opportunities for their students.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Business, government and education leaders came together in Portales Thursday to explore ways each could help the other. The event was the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon. It featured guest speakers from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business. ENMU wants to work on intensifying the relationship […]

Seniors educated in health

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Health Educator Debbie Gentry from the New Mexico Department of Health teaches senior citizens how to eat healthier and manage their weight Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center.

Staff Report For its final class of May, the Community Services Center in Portales tackled obesity in an effort to educate local senior citizens on how to stay healthy and fit in their later years. Senior citizens and care takers interested in battling obesity learned helpful tips from New Mexico Department of Health Educator Debbie […]

Local artist paints religious mural

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Pastor first to receive Wayland degree

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Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce received a high-five from Paul Sadler, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, after receiving his hood May 16 for the Master of Divinity Degree. Pearce is the first person to graduate Wayland with the degree.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce is the first graduate of the Master of Divinity degree program offered by Wayland Baptist University. Pearce received his diploma and hood at commencement May 9, at the same time two of his daughters were completing a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree […]