Nostalgia in the air as class of ‘93 reunites

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Nostalgic was a word used to describe the feeling of being at the class of 1993 reunion this weekend in Portales. “Definitely nostalgic,” said Jason Thompson, a class of 1993 graduate who now lives in Seattle, Wash. The giddiness among adults was clear as they gathered Saturday […]

Even dumbest creatures can be useful


The pastor was making a point Sunday morning. He said, “Even God’s dumbest creatures can be useful.” I tried not to take it personally. However, if he’d seen my grade transcript from vet school, I would certainly qualify for half of it! But, he was talking about sheep. Most people would agree that sheep are […]

Finals are family affair


By Kevin Baird Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music. Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba […]

Recreation center programs continue to grow

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Recreation Center Summer Program participants exchange jokes as they eat lunch together at Rotary Park under a tree.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe says watching children grow has been a rewarding experience. As the programs at the recreation center continue to grow since she became director in January 2011, Kibbe says it gives her a chance to reach the children of Portales. “It’s one of […]

Q&A — ENMU multicultural affairs director is on 14th year

Eastern New Mexico University: Courtesy Photo
Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Diana Cordova is the director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Her office offers resources for all students on campus and its goal is to create cultural awareness. Her office includes the offices for Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and International student affairs. These offices help […]

Janitorial business started simply

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Wade Martin (cleaning TV), Wesley Martin, Sam Cantwell, and Anastasia Lutnesky form Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer In December 2011, their business was only an idea. By December 2012, they were all able to quit their other jobs. Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial has been operating since January 2012 under the direction of a a group of 20-somethings with one college degree between them. […]

Program feeds hundreds daily

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Matthew Shelly, 17, hands out chocolate milk to the last bunch of children who came to eat lunch at Rotary Park.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer There is such a thing as a free lunch for Mary Lou Payen’s children, but it’s more than just free from cost, for Payen it’s free from hassle. The foster mother of three brings her boys to the La Casa meal site, a participating organization in the Summer […]

Class has nice ring to it

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Zach Wachter makes his own tools in jewelry class.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Educational, entertaining, enchanting. For more than a quarter century, Eastern New Mexico University professor Greg Senn has tried to reach these ends in an elective class on jewelry making. “For me, the goal of the course is to give students a unique learning experience that is safe […]

New superintendent making return

Johnnie Cain
Raised on a
San Jon ranch

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Johnnie Cain is the new Superintendent of the Portales Municipal School District. After a stint as a superintendent for Logan Municipal Schools, Cain will bring 20 years of experience in education to Portales. Cain was offered the position at the conclusion of last week’s school board meeting. […]

Rodeo teens fight to snag national title

Lisa Walker: Courtesy photo
Teens from Roosevelt County are competing in the National High School Rodeo Finals this week in Wyoming. They are representing New Mexico and Roosevelt County in the events of calf roping, cutting and steer wrestling. From left to right are Dylan Marks, Koby Lovett, Will Watts and Joshua Walker.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer They’re the best of the best in New Mexico, and have spent countless hours practicing for one of the world’s largest rodeos and they’re Roosevelt County’s own. Four of the 1,500 teens competing at this week’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming will be representing Roosevelt County. […]

Locals bid on surplus at ENMU auction

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Auctioneer Kendall Terry bids off a bookcase Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction, held at the parking lot of Greyhound Arena.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University held its surplus auction Saturday in the parking lot of Greyhound Arena. An array of miscellaneous items were being auctioned off because of age, items being replaced, or simply because the university had no use for them. “Since we’ve got all this surplus […]

She’s a classic: Car show continues in Portales


By Emily Crowe Richard Rodriguez has loved working on cars since he was a young boy. “When I was little, my brothers had me underneath the cars,” he said. “I was their little monkey guy, so I grew up around this.” Rodriguez of Portales had his midnight blue 1956 Chevy pickup on display at […]

Summer-body boot camp


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Summertime is reaching its midpoint, but there is still time left to get into summer-body shape. Portales has a few different options for those looking to partake in some intense, boot camps. Tamara Johnson is a fitness instructor at Fitness & More in downtown Portales. Johnson is […]

Grade jumps from C to B


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department’s grading Thursday of Portales schools was a mix of highs and lows. Portales High School’s overall grade jumped from last year’s C to a B this year. The school scored an A in college and career readiness, indicating PHS graduates are […]

Q&A: Shaping students’ careers


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Michael Shaughnessy is entering his 31st year on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University. A native of New York, he started at ENMU in 1983 after finishing his doctoral work at the University of Nebraska. He is now a professor of special education. As one of […]

Live burn building to be ready by October

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman, center, inspects the new burn building Wednesday that is under construction behind Fire Station 5.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer For most of his 38 years as a Clovis firefighter, Chief Ray Westerman has been gradually working toward one goal — creating a place to train staff under live fire. Westerman’s dream is gradually taking real shape next to Fire Station Five on Brady Avenue. The steel framing […]

Sharing a summer experience

Brad Hamann: Courtesy photo
Hancock, an ENMU alumna who majored in interdisciplinary art, explains to participants in the 2012
Summer Art Workshop the use of color, saturation, texture and rhythm in a painting the trio created together during the workshop.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Arts Council want families in Portales to share a new summer experience. Inspired by an art workshop last year at ENMU, the two entities decided to create an eight-day workshop the next two weeks that would incorporate family-time with a hands-on […]

Ram camp in session

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local youngsters participate in a tackling drill on Monday at the 2013 Ram Football Skills Camp.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Football season is getting an early start in Portales, for all ages. The Portales High School football team began the 2013 Ram Football Skills Camp Monday and it continues through Friday at the PHS field house. Children from first through eighth grade received instruction from the PHS […]

Officials: Geothermal is future

Robin Inge: Courtesy photo
Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative employees drill in eastern Roosevelt County to install a geothermal heating system.

Editor’s note: This is the second feature in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer As Roosevelt County Electric moves forward and passes its 75-year mark, officials say geothermal energy is the way of the future. A geothermal heating system uses energy from the […]