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 […]

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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

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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 […]

Portales schools concerned about meal standards

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>By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Changes to the nutritional standards of school lunches are causing concern among Portales Municipal Schools nutritional services. Director of Nutritional Services Shirley King said the school will have to increase the amount of fruit and whole grain foods to the breakfasts and lunches for the 2014-2015 school year. King […]

Unexpected expense

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The Roosevelt County Courthouse has had to use fans and a portable air conditioning unit (pictured) to cool the building while the HVAC system has been out of commission due to its age. Many of the courthouse offices will be moved to portable trailers in the parking lot temporarily when the new HVAC system is installed.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The estimated cost to repair the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s air conditioning system exceeds the initial quote county commissioners were given and they are not happy. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the project manager of Williamson Renovations, Dennis Geshel, reported the project cost is expected to total $2.9 million, nearly $1 […]

University professors by day

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By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Neil Rutland is the drums and percussion player for the Blackwater Draw Boys. The band is comprised of professors at Eastern New Mexico University. Other band members include Travis Erwin, Roger Gatchet, John Barr, Ed Avila, and Richard Schwartz. They teach in Digital Film Making, Com-munication, Music, and English […]

Tornadoes touch down briefly

A shot of the sky submitted by reader Nikki Payne of Clovis.

Staff report Weather officials and Curry County law enforcement reported two tornadoes “momentarily” touched down in Curry County early Friday evening. No major damage or injuries were was reported. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant […]

Area’s pioneering spirit honored at breakfast

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Isabella Reyes, 5, asks for autographs from Miss Rodeo New Mexico Alexandria Tapia, right, of Santa Fe, and Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley of Chinook,

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com It’s a job, a culture, a history. It’s rodeo. During the kickoff event for Pioneer Days on Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center, it was made clear that rodeo is a big part of the Southwest culture and the region’s heritage. Isabella Reyes was no less than idolizing the numerous […]

Boy Scout motto: Be prepared

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Boy Scout Troop 18 Leader Gary Riedel, far left, talks about past camps with his scouts, from left, Curtis Utley, Adam Sickles and Brandon Kelley, on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Brandon Kelley of Portales Boy Scout Troop 18 arrived at the zombie-themed Boy Scout Council Camporee, he was not prepared for the task at hand. While Kelley had no problem rescuing a person from a horde of zombies or finding a cure for the zombie virus, constructing a […]

Gallery: Girls State and ENMU Skills Camp – 6/4/14

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Beggs earns county assessor spot

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George Beggs,Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Assessor, hugs his sister Shawn Bohm at Roosevelt County Courthouse after winning the race Tuesday against incumbent Kenner Carrasco.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cheers were heard throughout the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday night when final voting numbers were passed out by election officials, when two incumbents retained seats and one challenger claimed victory in Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Several of those joyous sounds came from Republican Roosevelt County Assessor candidate George Beggs and […]

Commission winners rundown

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Poll worker Nancy Dunson, left, prints a ballot for Portales resident Sandra Salguero, 68, who came to vote Tuesday with her granddaughter GoGo Salguero at the Memorial Building.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There will be a new face added to the Roosevelt County Commission and a familiar one come January as a result of Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Former county commissioner Gene Creighton of Elida beat out incumbent Scott Burton by six votes, securing 97 votes for District 4. In another close […]

Natural to protect, serve

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Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols grilled hot dogs and smoked pulled pork to show appreciation for his employees and their family in recognition of Emergency Medical Services Week in Portales. Nuckols said it’s an annual tradition.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Considered by some as the heroes of the community, the emergency medical technicians and firefighters of the Portales Fire Department say the desire to protect and serve is in their nature. For all they do, each year they are honored by the city and their own leader Portales Fire […]

Stanfield song still touching hearts

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Clovis native Jana Stanfield said "If I Had Only Known" was inspired by an aunt and her grandparents.

By David Stevens Editor “If I had only known “It was my last night by your side “I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn.” — from “If I Had Only Known,” by Jana Stanfield and Craig Morris Some associate the song with Reba McEntire’s band members killed in a 1991 plane crash near San […]

Long love affair

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Aircraft mechanic and inventor Robert Love explains the work that he is doing on a 1947 Stinson airplane at the Portales Municipal Airport. Love will be putting in the engine and the interior of plane.

After living 80 years, local aircraft mechanic and church deacon Robert Love hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. The former Air Force mechanic and inventor owns and operates an aircraft maintenance company called Love Aero Service, which he established in 1963 after moving to the area with his wife Lu. Love has made a lasting […]

City of Portales trying to find flooding fix

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Hayes Street in Portales remained flooded two days after Monday’s storm. The city’s Planning Department is trying to assess why the flooding has become severe in the past few years.

y Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Residents of one Portales neighborhood call flooding on their street a nuisance, others aren’t complaining much. The city’s Planning Department, however, is trying to figure out what’s causing the lack of drainage. Residents of Hayes Street say the water from a heavy downpour, such as Monday’s storm, which produced more than […]

Fiesta helps bring former member back to church

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Erik Galvan shares his tamale dinner with his son, Thomas, 3, during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta kickoff dinner and talent show Friday evening in Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com The 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta, which kicked off Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, marked a return home after a 20-year hiatus for one Clovis family. It was that long ago when musician and active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church Toni Martinez died. Following […]

Helping children grow

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Tom Pittmon, a house father with the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, fixes one of the children’s bikes Thursday at the home. Pittmon has been working there since September and watches over four boys with his wife.

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 Tom Pittmon has an understanding for the emotions children often feel when coming to live at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for the first time, leaving their family to live in […]

New stadium funding secured

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said Wednesday the university has secured the $8 million it needs to begin the construction of its new multi-purpose stadium. Plans are underway to build the school’s new stadium, which will be built in town, replacing the 45-year-old stadium at Blackwater Draw […]