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 […]