Portales MainStreet program makes its mark on downtown

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Portales MainStreet board members helped run the 14th annual Heritage Days Fun Run on June 21. The event raised $2,000 for the MainStreet program.

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 Amelia Christensen, a Portales native, always liked what the Portales MainStreet program has done for the community, so in 2011 she decided it was time for her to join. Christensen said she […]

Breakfast is served

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From left, Christian Martinez, Melissa Gilbert and Joseph Martinez enjoy the nice weather and lunches from the free summer lunch program on Wednesday at City Park. Christian and Joseph came with Gilbert, a family friend, and their mother Ashley Martinez.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brothers Christian Martinez, 4, and Joseph, 7, got to enjoy a small picnic with fresh fruit, chicken nuggets and milk on Wednesday at City Park. Ashley Martinez, their mother, said the best part of the picnic was that her sons’ meals were free. Their free lunch is part of […]

Unique summer classes offered by ENMU

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Jason Nielson, an Eastern New Mexico University senior from Tucumcari, files down one of his ring molds Wednesday during his jewelry class. The jewelry making class lasts for two hours and the students can make any item of jewelry they want.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Freedom to make whatever jewelry is in Michael Sanchez’s mind is one of the reasons he took Art 271 on jewelry making this summer at Eastern New Mexico University. Sanchez, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, has made a key chain and a ring during the four-week course and is now […]

Sprouting imaginations

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A fast-paced game of soccer was played Tuesday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com “Awesomeville” and “cat dragons,” are two phrases the imaginative children attending Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College have created. Of the projects the students get to do, this week involved drawing and painting and those were two ideas that sprouted from the minds of the 6 to 12-year-old students. […]

All about food storage

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Cora Stroud sets up the different grains that will be featured in the next Food Storage 101 class on Thursday at the Latter Day Saints Cultural Hall. Stroud said the class will mainly be about gluten-free grains.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Cora Stroud, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, knows the importance of being prepared for a disaster. Stroud knows how to prepare a three-day emergency kit with water, food and other supplies. This was one of the reasons she decided to start […]

Yucca Telecom to phase out Plateau phones


Staff report Yucca Telecom will be moving away from the sale of cell phones now that Plateau Wireless is being sold to AT&T, according to Yucca Telecom board member David Sanders. Plateau Telecommunications, Inc. has signed an agreement to sell Plateau Wireless assets to AT&T, pending FCC approval, according to a news release from Plateau. […]

Inspired local organizes pet microchipping clinic

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Nkoshe Seales has a puppy love moment with a dog at the clinic. Seales was one of four volunteers.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Wendy Turner is dedicated to helping area residents find their lost pets and has even made a Facebook page to assist in these efforts. Turner was inspired to go even further and organize a microchip clinic on Sunday for area residents. Turner has always had a heart for pets […]

Combined class reunion ‘a blast so far’

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Classmates of the Portales High School classes of 1980s talk and reminisce on Saturday at the main room of the Yam Theatre. The reunion had 80s music and a “sports bar.”

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The Portales High School classes of the 1980’s were reunited on Saturday at the Yam Theater with some traveling from as far as Toronto, Canada. The class not only had a party at night, but they also participated in the 30th annual Heritage Days. The classes entered a float […]

Annual Heritage Days Festival offers events for all ages

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Master Works plays gospel tunes Friday at City Park in Portales.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Whether it’s the sounds of bluegrass and country floating through the air, the smell of a grill firing up, the feeling of water splashing on your skin from a water balloon breaking on you — all the senses can be invigorated at the Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival. The annual event […]

Following in her sister’s footsteps

Hannah Giles, 
Miss Southern New Mexico, will compete for Miss New Mexico on June 24.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico and first-time pageant contestant, will compete for the Miss New Mexico crown next week. The event manager for the Clovis Civic Center has been living in the area for seven years. Her older sister also competed for the Miss New Mexico crown. The […]

A group effort

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From left, Valerie Russ, Cheyenne Lattin and Gabriel Garcia clean up a cactus garden Thursday at Oasis State Park. Russ said pulling weeds and cleaning around the park is one of many responsibilities Lattin, Garcia and herself have.

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 With a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and currently working on a master’s in biology from Eastern New Mexico University, Cheyenne Lattin has found the perfect summer job for her. Lattin […]

Jail escapee sentenced


Staff report A 21-year-old Portales man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for escaping from the Roosevelt County Detention Center and other numerous felony charges, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Stephen Phillips was one of two men who escaped from the county jail in June […]

Fosters a ‘blessing’


The Jayne family plays a card game Wednesday in their Portales home. Pictured from left are Jonathan, EJ, Pancha, James, Kate and Keith Jayne. The Jaynes adopted the four children in 2013 after serving as foster parents.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com On a typical Monday in the Jayne home, the family of six will enjoy dinner and watch wrestling, a house favorite. The family also likes to go swimming and play board games and parents Keith and Kate always make sure each child is safe and loved. The Jayne family […]

Jury duty the least a citizen can do

Betty Williamson

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I was one of the 171 prospective jurors who reported to a packed session in Roosevelt County District Court last week for upcoming service. It looked like an impressive turnout until jury clerk Mary Diaz-Rodriguez shared the numbers with us. For this particular panel, more than 800 summons were mailed […]

Time for rodeo

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Garrett Flowers takes a time of 6.37 seconds in the breakaway roping 6 to 9-year-old age group during the Little Wranglers Rodeo Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Fair Grounds. Flowers took first place in his age group.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Mark Banda, Bailey Barnes and Casey Faver may vary in age, but they all have one thing in common; a love for rodeo. These three members of Little Wranglers, a non-profit youth rodeo organization for students who attend school in Roosevelt County, were watching and competing Tuesday evening at […]

Lifeguard on duty

Fabienne Wilson, a lifeguard and swim instructor, watches over the
swimmers at the Portales Public Pool on Friday.Wilson, an Eastern New
Mexico University student from Alamogordo, said this is the first time she has been a swim instructor.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Fabienne Wilson said she gets excited to go to work every morning as a lifeguard at the Portales City Pool. Wilson said she has always loved swimming and its benefits, so becoming a lifeguard was an easy decision. “I get a great work-out, which helps my training for soccer,” […]

Meet new production manager, Steven Loock

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Steve Loock spent several years setting up printing presses in foreign countries.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Steven Loock has traveled the world, sharing the knowledge of printing as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Venezuela; and setting up a seven-story tall printing press in Hong Kong. Now in Clovis, Loock’s had a hand in creating this page. Loock became production director for Clovis Media Inc. on […]

Highly recommended

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Daphne Underwood converses with other writers from the ENMU writer’s retreat during a Wednesday evening barbecue hosted by ENMU’s Assistant Professor of Digital Film Making, Jon Barr. The writers competed for prizes by reading short selections of their writings during the barbecue.

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune is following one writer through their journey and participation in the Eastern New Mexico University Writer’s Retreat. By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Daphne Underwood learned she is not the only writer in her family. Her 9-year-old daughter Paige surprised her when she also sought a critique at the Eastern […]

United Way hopes to help needy chill this summer

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Danielle Swopes, left,  and Roy Gallegos add a  bucket to a shopping  cart for making an air conditioner.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com A five-gallon plastic bucket, insulating foam, PVC pipe and a small fan can be combined to help someone chill out this summer. These are the materials that are used to make a chiller — or a homemade air conditioning unit. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is coordinating the making […]

Showy send-off


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A radiant Mrs. Portales glided effortlessly in her high heels on the runway Thursday night until mommy duty called. Lorissa Marshall, 25, had to squat down to lift up her 2-year-old daughter Marrie while she modeled the outfits she’ll wear at the Mrs. New Mexico competition in two weeks […]