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 […]

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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

Courtesy photo: Bob Townsend
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 […]

Splashing good time

Portales Swimming Pool lifeguard Evan Tooley watches over
swimmers Wednesday afternoon. The recently repaired Portales
Swimming Pool opened for the season last Friday and will remain
open until mid-August when Portales public school starts.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Children were splashing around Wednesday at the Portales swimming pool, signifying the beginning of another summer season, but 10-year-old Maeison Arias wasn’t as thrilled about it as others. Arias, of Portales, said she wasn’t excited about school being out because she’s career driven and wants to get back to […]

Food bank program in Portales growing

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com 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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Eastern New Mexico University employee Don Criss sings the “Star-Spangled Banner” Monday during the annual Memorial Day service in Portales. Criss encouraged the crowd to sing along with him.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com 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

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com 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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 lbowe@pntonline.com 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 […]