Teachers prep for school

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Fourth grade teacher Ashley Ray trims laminated papers in her classroom on Wednesday morning. Local teachers have been preparing for a new school year by buying supplies and prepping their classrooms.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com School is almost back in session, which means local teachers are preparing for a new year. Kelli Ramirez, a first-grade teacher at James Elementary School, said the teachers come in early to get their classrooms ready, because much of their time in the upcoming week will be spent in […]

TRiO donates supplies

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From left, Vanessa McBee, Sonia Guizar and Annamaria Short fill backpacks with school supplies on Wednesday morning.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University organization is donating free school supplies to public school students across eastern New Mexico. TRiO Talent Search Professional Annamaria Short said they are trying to get the supplies, which include calculators, flash drives, earbuds, notebooks, binders, colored pencils and rulers, to the students before […]

Farmers: Grasshoppers out of control

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With heavy rains in the region this summer season, area farmers and other plant owners have been battling large amounts of grasshoppers.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Portales area has seen an unconventional amount of rain this year, and along with the benefits of the extra moisture have come a stream of unwanted pests that are detrimental to local farmers and gardeners: Grasshoppers. Carlos Paiz, owner of Bonita Vista Farms in Portales, said it has […]

Local family gets support from community

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Haley Faith Lovato was born June 19 to Ricky and Renee Lovato of Portales.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com County Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato has not been seen or heard from by county residents in the last several weeks. The reason for Lovato’s absence is the birth of his seventh child, Haley Faith Lovato, who was born on June 19. Haley was born with several heart problems, which […]

Summer workers beneficial to both sides

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Darin Bonem, first time lifeguard, watches over the City Pool on Monday as one of the 28 seasonal workers hired.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Throughout the summer, seasonal employees have made major contributions to business within Portales. Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) employs 300 students over the summer to do various jobs around campus from reception to upkeep. Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs, said their largest employer is the physical plant […]

Annual event short-lived due to thunder

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Brandon Murphy, 11, races and makes second on Monday as part of the Kiwanis Swim Club Meet at the City Pool.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com Porales children were able to enjoy the festivities of the annual Kiwanis Swim Meet for 45 minutes Monday afternoon before a thunderstorm hit, shutting down the city pool. Kiwanis member Rica Lee was at the event passing out ribbons to the participating children. Lee said Kiwanis members put on […]

Health center gears up for health fair

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Pediatrician Basil Anaele provides a wellness exam for an elementary student last year at La Casa Family Health Center’s annual health fair. Along with an afternoon of various 
activities, the event provides wellness exams, sports physicals and immunization shots for children ages 3 through 18.

STAFF REPORT As part of a national health center celebration, Portales La Casa Family Health Center is gearing up for their annual health fair that is to be hosted on Aug. 12. La Casa’s Marketing Director Kaitlyn White said the clinic is expecting around 500 people to attend the fair. “It’s a huge event and […]

Pool season coming to close

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Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the public pool has been business as usual this summer, and if they can maintain enough staff, the pool will remain open on weekends through Labor Day.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Portales City Pool has had a few closures over the course of the summer. The pool opened on time this summer, but the baby pool opened later, according to John DeSha, the public works director. “The baby pool opened a little later in the year, because we were […]

Band camp time to bond

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The Portales High School band practices their marching on Wednesday during their summer band camp, which began Monday.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Portales High School summer band camp, which started July 27, is about strengthening the bonds between students, according to those who participated. The band camp took place at the high school this week. Drum major Anna Erwin said the leadership team in the PHS band has spent the […]

Stretch of NM 88 to be repaved

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New Mexico Department of Transportation Maintainer Matthew Askew spreads materials on the road Tuesday afternoon while working on New Mexico 88. Residents on the highway complained about the condition of the road.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Complaints from residents living off New Mexico 88 near Arch have inspired the New Mexico Department of Transportation to repave a mile-long stretch of the road. But despite the department taking action, residents living off the highway don’t have a lot of hope the new road will last. “I […]

KENW casts eye on art culture

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Paul Hunton, left, creator of “24 Frames,” and Drew Merritt, a Clovis artist, speak on a live episode of “24 frames.” Merritt was featured in an early episode of the show aired on KENW.

STAFF REPORT Portales native Paul Hunton wanted to use his art form to recognize the culture, music and art of the southwest, and he has done just that with the show “24 Frames,” which just began airing on local television station KENW. “24 Frames,” created, produced and directed by Hunton, is a 30-minute show of […]

Local walking trail receives clean up

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Dora football team members assist in cleaning up the walking trail Friday in Portales.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com City of Portales officials and volunteers used a $7,000 grant to clean up the Portales walking trail last week. The New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Tourism Department awards grants to communities each year to work on improving and keeping communities clean. Clean and Beautiful Coordinator Veda Urioste said the […]

Leadership program kicks off again

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Veronica Cordova works on a challenge exercise as part of Portales Leadership at the ropes course at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in September 2014. The teamwork retreat in Roswell will be the first event for Portales Leadership this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Portales Leadership group is preparing for their second year after what participants call a wildly successful first run. Portales Leadership is a class that teaches 20 business professionals about Portales, being a leader and the inner workings of a small community. Karl Terry, […]

Library staff prepares to ‘book it’


By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is working towards replacing the Golden Library with a new $26 million building called the Golden Student Success Center. Melveta Walker, the director of the library, said the Golden Library has secured $15 million for the project from university commitments and a general obligations bond […]

High winds, hail pound Portales

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A tree outside of La Casa was brought down on Friday by wind and rain during the storm.

STAFF REPORT In Portales, when it rains, it doesn’t just pour; it brings torrential winds and a downpour of hail. After a forecast of sunny skies for Friday, Portales received a downpour of rain and hail for almost three hours Friday afternoon with some heavy winds. National Weather Service of Albuquerque Meteorologist Annette Mokry said […]

Fair time fast approaching in Portales

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The livestock shows at the Roosevelt County Fair are the most popular part of the annual event with children and youth showing and selling their livestock.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair is approaching quickly with less than a month left, area children are gearing up to show off their livestock while the county preps the fairgrounds. The fair will be featuring some new entertainment this year, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. “Carlos Medina from Las Vegas, […]

Fond farewell to summer

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com “Every Hero has a Story” was the theme this summer for the Portales Public Library summer program, which hosted its farewell party Thursday morning at Portales Public Library. The festivities included an obstacle course, a web toss, water balloon catching and snacks. Emma Chicovsky said she enjoyed the water […]

Residents concerned over railroad crossings

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Cars cross the railroad tracks on Main Street on Monday. In recent months, the railroad crossing has been malfunctioning by not going down when a train comes by or lowering without a train coming.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Portales drivers have become increasingly more concerned in recent months as Portales railroad crossings have begun regularly malfunctioning. In recent months, the crossings have been lowering with no train coming or remaining inactive as a train rolls through town. Kaitlan Massey, a Portales resident who lives over the tracks […]

Kiwanis Club holds event for local children

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From left to right, Brandon Renteria, Joel Chaj and Jose Carrillo jump into the deep end of the city pool Friday.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com Friday afternoon was the first free swim day sponsored by Portales Kiwanis at the Portales City Pool which allowed an unlimited number of children ages three to 12 to swim free of charge. “(The Free Swim) is a new inspiration from the club, because we want to do more […]

Native author visits Portales to talk literature

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People gathered around on Saturday to hear Nathan Dahlstrom, an author from Floyd, read the third installment in his “The Adventures of Wilder Good” series Saturday at the Portales Public Library.

By Anna George STAFF WRITER ageorge@pntonline.com Floyd native and young adult author S.J. Dahlstrom visited Portales Public Library on Saturday where he read to an audience, signed books and spoke about the inappropriate content rampant in young adult fiction. “It’s a much different world that I am raising my kids in than I was raised […]