Food bank program in Portales growing


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Margarette Courteny tries to make it each month to the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank’s special distributions as she did Tuesday to receive food for her family. Courteny is on disability and money is tight. She is grateful for the food bank’s distributions. “It is really helpful and I […]

Portales basketball title marks busy, successful year of sports

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The Portales girls basketball team upset top-seeded Shiprock for its seventh title in school history.

It was a championship season for one Portales squad, a winning season for six others, and a busy playoff schedule for most of the Ram squads. The girls basketball squad claimed its seventh title in school history with an upset of top-ranked Shiprock. It was one of 11 teams to qualify for its respective state […]

Portales residents honor sacrifices

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The Portales American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations hold Memorial Day ceremonies each year to honor military members killed in the line of duty. Both organizations will be holding ceremonies on Monday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Sandra Newsom knows the importance of honoring Memorial Day. All four of her sons have served in the military and she has lost family members in past wars. Newsom came with her two grandchildren, who traveled from Tennessee, to the 68th Annual Memorial Day program Monday at the Portales […]

Despite weather, air show big draw


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer A little thunder and rain wasn’t enough to keep air show enthusiasts away Sunday morning as the second and final day of the 2014 Cannon Air Force Base Open House and Air Show kicked off. After a couple of hours of rain and a brief period of thunder, during […]

Thunderbirds wow crowd

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Portales resident Raytonio Moore Jr., 14, studies the controls inside a HH-60 Pave Hawk.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Awesome seemed to be the word of the day near the flightline on Cannon Air Force Base Saturday afternoon as area children described the experience of climbing into combat aircraft and seeing the Air Force Thunderbirds fly. Saturday was the first of two days for an open house and […]

Rotary club takes on Rec Center rehab project

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Portales Rotary club members and volunteers landscape the outside play area for the Portales Recreation Center. Rotary Club President Matt Hunton said the next step in the landscaping process is to put grass in the area.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Matt Hunton saw a basketball hoop outside the Portales Recreation Center with no fence around it, right next to a street and pocked with sticker burrs. Hunton, president of Portales Rotary Club and a city councilor, decided the Rotary Club should pick up this project and make the area […]

Portales class bids congratulations, farewells

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rads toss their caps in the air Friday night at the 2014 Portales High School graduation ceremony in ENMU’s Greyhound Arena. About 150 students walked ENMU’s stage.

By Christina Calloway Portales High School senior Meghan Urevig repeatedly glanced out at the excited crowd of hundreds Friday night in Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena then back down at her feet, nervously shuffling around. As she stood among her fellow graduating seniors as they lined up to be seated before commencement, she […]

Clovis grads told to leave legacy

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Honors graduate Lindsey Davis hugs Clovis High School principal Wayne Marshall after receiving her diploma at the CHS Graduation Friday night at Curry County Events Center.

By Vanessa Kahin Commencement speaker and Clovis High School 2014 graduate Danny Borwick presented his class with a challenge that only time — and possibly their death — could complete. “This is a challenge that cannot be completed until you die,” Borwick said to the 419 graduates that gathered for their commencement ceremony Friday […]

Clovis resident describes Thunderbird flight as ‘ultimate roller coaster ride’

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Maj. Tyler Ellison, front, and Ronnie Marez head to the runway Friday to begin their flight an the F-16 Thunderbird. The Thunderbirds are featured in this weekend’s air show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Alisa Boswell Clovis’ Ronnie Marez was the center of attention early Friday afternoon as members of the Thunderbirds prepped him for his “Hometown Hero” flight, which he earned in conjunction with this weekend’s Cannon Air Fore Base air show for his heroic effort early this year. With the flight still two hours away, […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer The grin said it all as Maj. Jason Curtis, of the Air Force Thunderbirds, stepped down from his plane. There was no doubting that the 33-year-old pilot loves what he does. “It’s  an extremely humbling experience to be a part of a team that is comprised of such amazing […]

Meet the veterans: Service life-changing

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Dennis Darrow reads the names of fallen soldiers Thursday at the Roosevelt County War Memorial. Darrow served in the Army six years from 1956 to 1962.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.     By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Robert Elliot traveled many places when he joined the Armed Forces in 1979, but his favorite location was Egypt. Elliot was stationed in Egypt in 1998 when he was in the […]

Glitz and glamour

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Portales senior Karimah Hulett enters Maypole as part of the queen’s court Wednesday evening at the Ram Athletic Center during the 2014 Maypole rehearsal. The rare rights of passage ceremony is in its 86th year at PHS.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Portales High School senior Anissia Lucero said dressing like a princess is “every little girl’s dream come true.” The senior had dress envy since she didn’t get to celebrate a quincenera, a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in parts of Latin America, and has been waiting for senior […]

Actively involved


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Jodi Kibbe grew up with her family actively involved in sports. Her father was a high school basketball coach and her siblings played basketball as well. Kibbe came to Eastern New Mexico University 10 years ago to get her degree in physical education and minor in sports management. She […]

Cabledue claims win for PHS girls

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]