Miss Albuquerque crowned 2016 Miss New Mexico

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Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez gets emotional Saturday night as she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico on the stage of the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez, 23, was crowned Miss New Mexico on Saturday evening on the final night of the 75th Annual Miss New Mexico Pageant. “It’s such a blur,” said Chavez. “I know it’s such a cliché when I say it’s such a surreal feeling, but it really is.” […]

Two awarded at Miss preliminaries Friday

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Miss Otero County Brandi Blair and Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez pose for a photo with their preliminary award Friday at the Miss New Mexico preliminary competition at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Blair won the award for talent, and Chavez won the award for swimwear.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 2016 Miss New Mexico festivities continued Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center where five preliminary winners were chosen: Three outstanding teens and two Miss New Mexico contestants. Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, who won in a tie with Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa […]

Local teen wins pageant

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Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher waves to the crowd Saturday afternoon after she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, 16, was crowned Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Saturday at the finals for the Miss New Mexico teen pageant. Sharron Melton, 1993 Miss New Mexico and mistress of ceremonies, hosted the final show for the teen pageant. “There are so many young people […]

Heritage Days activities a hit

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Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, awards Ruth Moore with an engraved box Saturday for winning Pioneer of the Year at Heritage Days.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The 32nd Annual Heritage Days in Portales was commended this year on its ability to appeal to all ages. Several Roosevelt County citizens said they were impressed with the number of children’s activities offered this year such as bouncy castles, water balloon fights, a rock climbing wall and several […]

Miss Portales Outstanding Teen takes home talent award

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Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, left, and Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa Tran pose for a photo with 2015 Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen Sasha Butcher, center. Belcher and Tran both received the award for the preliminary talent portion of Friday night’s competition at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 2016 Miss New Mexico festivities continued Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center where five preliminary winners were chosen: Three outstanding teens and two Miss New Mexico contestants. Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, who won in a tie with Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa […]

Trials faced on pageant’s first night

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Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday night, said she […]

Teaching the teachers

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Students watch the news in Spanish Wednesday as their course work for the Spanish Immersion Institute.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is hosting its 17th Spanish Immersion Institute, a class geared toward teaching teachers fluent Spanish by not letting them speak English. The class requires that students speak only Spanish. If they break the rule, they are required to pay “el banco” a quarter for each […]

Pageant contestants tour town

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestants pose for photos on the steps of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday afternoon before starting their “Crown the Town” event, which kicked off the pageant’s weekly activities.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The city of Portales is going to be noticeably more beautiful this week as  Miss New Mexico pageant activities officially started Monday afternoon on the Portales town square. Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Teen contestants spent Monday participating in the “Crown the Town” event in the Portales […]

Heritage Days kicks off Friday

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The 32nd annual Heritage Days will take place Friday and Saturday in Portales. The Heritage Days car show will be part of the event again this year, taking place all day Saturday at Portales City Park.

STAFF REPORT Next weekend will see the return of Heritage Days to Portales, where residents will have the opportunity to reconnect with their community by participating in various activities, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. Terry said the 32nd Annual Heritage Days will feature everything from barrel racing to a […]

Car seat techs help at clinic

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Mike Loftis, left, talks about proper car seat weight distribution during a car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon in the shared parking lot for Hobby Lobby and Hastings.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Of the estimated 30 cars that passed through the Safer New Mexico Now car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon, 24 were likely to have faulty car seats. According to Safer New Mexico Now Chief Operations Officer Mark McCracken, four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Lisa Stansell, […]

Ladies learn governing

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New Mexico Senators Gay Kernan (third from right) and Stuart Ingle (second from right) give advice to participants of the New Mexico American Legion’s Girls State program at a simulated House of Representatives session Thursday in the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A session of the House of Representatives was in full swing Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University, with members reviewing pieces of legislation and making important decisions. However, something made this session unique: It was comprised entirely of high school juniors from throughout New Mexico. The New Mexico American […]

Election to be ‘phenomenal’

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From left, Petie Baca, Silvia Baca and James Prince work through the voting process Tuesday at the memorial building for the 2016 New Mexico primary.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Love him or hate him, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was the motivation for many Roosevelt County voters’ at Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters said they came to vote simply as a part of a movement to prevent the businessman candidate from making it to office. Ashley Wimberly, a 22-year-old […]

Area youth meet for ag contest

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Patrick Kircher, left, teaches Ryon Howell, 11, Monday how to complete his quiz for the agriculture skillathon. The skillathon involves a wildlife competition, wool identification, tool identification and meat identification.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Roosevelt County youth have been honing their problem-solving skills this week at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Ryan Craig, the 4-H challenge promotes “youth development and problem solving skills” in areas including home economics, horticulture, nutrition and livestock. “These are the future consumers of […]

Girls’ State ready for elections

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Portales Mayor Sharon King leads the elected officials of the fictional city Cactus in their induction Monday during 2016 New Mexico Girls’ State.

Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com New Mexico Girls’ State will elect their state and county officials today following their city council elections among their 80 delegates from across the state and region. New Mexico Girls’ State, which has been hosted at Eastern New Mexico University for close to 10 years, is a program for upcoming […]

Local ladies honored

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Frances Townsend, right, shows a tool involved in butter churning while daughter Debbie Spriggs churns during the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Pioneers, bonnets and hand-churned butter — things you wouldn’t often find in a 21st Century setting were brought together at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. As a long-standing tradition, local women were honored and heritage was celebrated at the 15th annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast. Nostalgia filled the […]

Good to be queen

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Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]

Thunderbird pilot OK after crash

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Maj. Alex Turner, left, is greeted by his crew chief, Staff Sgt. Pierce Gillis, last week at Cannon Air Force Base. Turner was the pilot of the No. 6 Thunderbird jet that crashed. He ejected and was not seriously injured.

The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The pilot of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird ejected safely into a Colorado field Thursday, crashing the fighter jet moments after flying over a crowd watching President Barack Obama’s commencement address for Air Force cadets. A short helicopter ride later, the pilot found himself shaking hands with […]

Mobile dairy classroom stops at park

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The Portales Public Library youth program traveled Thursday to City Park for a presentation by the mobile dairy classroom, taught by Cody Lightfoot, right. The children learned about cows, milk and dairy production from Lightfoot and Maggie, the cow.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A sizable crowd of children descended on Portales City Park on Thursday morning, along with a trailer containing one large dairy cow named Maggie. Maggie was there as part of the Portales Public Library’s summer program, and was introduced to the children by Cody Lightfoot, the mobile dairy classroom […]

Storms make for sloshy day

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Steaphan Shepherd shields himself from the rain with an umbrella as he walks down the street in Portales on Wednesday. Portales received rainfall all day on Wednesday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com When it rains in Portales, it pours, and that can sometimes cause complications for its residents. Sandy Vigil of Portales MainStreet said that she likes the weather but has been experiencing some difficulties with the rain. Because her house in Elida is undergoing renovations, she is currently living in […]

Local residents to fish for free Saturday

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Local residents will have the opportunity to fish in public waters throughout the state without a license on Saturday. The day of “free fishing” held by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish allows those without a license to fish.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday, residents will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with their families without the requirement of a fishing license. According to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the day of “free fishing” is being held to celebrate National Boating and […]