Floyd’s Benoit honored by peers

Paul Benoit

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com After being in education for 28 years, there isn’t much that can shock Floyd Municipal Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit, but last week he received in honor that surprised him. It’s not likely Benoit will wear a sash to let people know he was selected New Mexico’s Superintendent of the […]

Discovery of meaning of favorite word serendipitous

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I serendipitously ran across the fun fact that the word serendipity came from Sri Lanka. For the life of me, I can’t recall when this happy run-in happened. But, as is my custom, I grabbed a pen and wrote “Serendipity Sri Lanka” in my little leather notebook so I’d remember […]

Food bank struggles to meet area needs

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Mida Cadene, inventory and receiving clerk at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, prepares canned food to be checked for expiration dates before distribution last week.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com A rise in the number of hungry families and a lack of donations have contributed to the empty shelves at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to Interim Executive Director Daniel Blea. Blea said, “It’s a mixture of both. The big thing we need is donations, whether […]

Resources limited

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Families with the Cannon Air Force Base Spouse’s Club build boxes for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign scheduled for Saturday.

By Josh Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com United Way of Eastern New Mexico is gearing up for it’s annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign and needs volunteers in Clovis and Portales. Patricia Bazar, 2-1-1 coordinator for United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the campaign only has six volunteers signed up, with three in Portales and three […]

Border Town Days brings families together for fun

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Participants in the Border Town Days parade, which took place Saturday morning near and in Farwell, wave at spectators.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com “Coming back to our roots” — this his how Jennifer Robinson of Farwell described attending the Border Town Days celebration Saturday. “We come out here every year,” said Robinson, who recalled attending the event as a child. She brought her own children to this year’s event — 2-year-old Elijah […]

Free ride over

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Roosevelt County will stop paying trash dumping fees for county residents at the Portales’ Convenience Center. The center allows city and county residents to dump trash, metal, furniture and various other items.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County will no longer be paying the fee for county residents to dump trash at the Portales Convenience Center, it was decided Thursday at a special Commission meeting. With an increase in expenditures by the county due to replacing the HVAC system at the courthouse, County Manager Charlene […]

Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]

Passion for farming

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Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Margie Plummer is a busy women with coordinating the Portales and Clovis Farmer’s Market, working at Floyd Municipal Schools as the business manager, and working on her family farm and stand. Plummer said it’s a family affair. “It’s all family at the farm. We all help each other out,” […]

Five county 4-H teams place in top 5 at state

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Koby Cone gives his retiring address July 17 at the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Roosevelt County 4-H took 13 members to the conference.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com While giving his retiring address last week at the State 4-H Conference held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Koby Cone told the story of wondering what was behind some mountains. Behind those mountains were larger mountains, which Cone explained that when one goal is accomplished a […]

Rams players making switch to new positions

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By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In his Portales High career, Matt Martinez has shown himself to be a versatile athlete for the Rams. Now coming into his senior season in football, Martinez is hoping to make a successful transition to quarterback for third-year coach Jaime Ramirez. Facing mostly larger schools in Friday’s 7-on-7 competition […]

Friendly mobbing

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Decked out in red, white and blue, children wait to perform a flash mob for U.S. Air Force veteran Jeff Brown on Friday in front of the Roosevelt County War Memorial. The flash mob was done to patriotic and upbeat songs.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Natalie Schumpert saw that her best friend, Jeff Brown, a Air Force veteran from Oregon, needed to be cheered up. Brown had been away from home for too long and had been waiting for his retirement for eight months. Schumpert said she wanted to put a smile on her […]

High bids at ENMU auction

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Hannah Cabeldue was eyeing two bicycles at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena parking lot, but she had to wait. Sitting next to the bikes on chairs that were also being auctioned off, Cabeldue waited in the humid weather for the auctioneer […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

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Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

A decade of supporting cancer patients on High Plains

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By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

More than a job

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House mother Serenity Richardson plays with Sam Penal, 2, on Thursday at the Baptist Children’s Home. Richardson and her husband Scott have been house parents for a year. The couple moved from Louisiana to take positions at the home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Serenity and Scott Richardson are no strangers to being parents. The Richardson’s have an 11-year-old son and have been foster parents for five years, so when the opportunity to become full-time parents […]

Wife’s reluctance to leave surprised me

Kitsana Dounglomchan

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India. It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening. This wasn’t the biggest surprise of […]

Street facelift planned

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This stretch of 18th Street in Portales, from Avenue O to U.S. 70, will be rehabilitated soon. The cost of the project is a little less than $75,000.

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales resident Kathleen Turnbow said the city’s most recent project to be approved will be a bittersweet one. The retired resident lives along the stretch of 18th Street that will be rehabilitated, a project she says is long overdue but isn’t a real solution to the problem. “We get […]

Moving forward

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City and state leaders dig in Tuesday at the construction site of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. The $27 million project is expected to be completed in about a year.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com With gold and chrome-colored shovels in hand, area and state leadership broke ground Tuesday at the construction site for Portales’ new wastewater treatment plant, the largest investment in water infrastructure that the New Mexico Environment Department has made, according to NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn. Construction of the $27 million […]

Digging movies

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David Kilby, professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, shows artifacts he has found. Kilby is offering a class this fall called Anthropology on the Silver Screen.  The purpose is to show the differences between movies and real life.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Kilby, a professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, has a special love for movies. Whether its action, drama or comedy, Kilby is a fan. His love for movies gave him the idea to start a class about how anthropologists and archaeologist are portrayed in the blockbuster […]

What’s in a name? Plenty

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]