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 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 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 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 […]

StarGazer holds second event

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“An Evening in Margaritaville” attendees enjoy drinks and conversation during the event Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The StarGazer’s second event got off to a slower start than its first one held less than a month ago. The venue opened its gates Saturday afternoon for “An Evening in Margaritaville” with a limited crowd. Officials speculated that the heat earlier in the day had an impact on […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

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McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

‘New Mexican Stories’ project draws to close

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Kathy Durand Gore participated with her son, Sam, in the “New Mexican Stories” community art project that was held in April. The art projects are on display in the Runnels Gallery at the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library until August 28.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A special art project is allowing Portales citizens an opportunity to create based on what New Mexico means to them. The community event, “New Mexican Stories,” kicked off April 25 in the Eastern New Mexico Art and Anthropology building and was open to anyone in the area who wanted […]

Cock-a-doodle doozy

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Mary-Beth Bouchard of Clovis in her front yard Monday with Henny, one of the chickens on her property.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Mary-Beth Bouchard said she won’t go down without a fight. “I am fighting it for everybody — they don’t realize that ‘next, it’s you.’ They are going to tell you ‘you cant have that pet, you can’t have that chicken’ … and you’ve had them for years and you’re […]

Preservation of history in the making

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Portales resident Caitlyn Streseman is preparing to make improvements to the war memorial in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse as part of her local National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) project.

STAFF REPORT When Caitlyn Streseman, 17, noticed a lack of wreaths and flowers at the Roosevelt County War Memorial, she knew she had to help make a change. Streseman, president of the New Mexico branch of The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR), said she noticed the memorial at the Roosevelt […]

Dora host all-school reunion

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Anna George
Donita Massey, right, sets up the Dora graduates from 1960-62 for their photo at the Dora All-School Reunion on Saturday. Each class, starting in the early 1940s, took a picture together.

By Anna George Staff Writer One of Lynda Moore’s fondest memories of her school days in Dora was a time she didn’t go to school. Moore, a member of the 1959 Dora graduating class, spent reunion time on Saturday chatting about a senior trip to the South. “Some people caught fish, some people got […]

Car show trip down memory lane

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Michael Jones, left, talks to Ron and Taylor Everett about the features of his 1970 Chevy C10 Friday night on the Portales town square. Jones said he has car everything at his house and has plans to keep working on his truck.

By Anna George Staff Writer Many of the 43 classic-car collectors who attended Portales’ fifth annual classic car show on Friday had their childhood brought to their mind by their fixed-up beauties. “Those were the best years of my life. It was easy,” said Jimmy Moore, a Portales native who showed his car on […]

Area teen marksman to compete in Junior Olympics

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Garit Graham, while holding his Beretta Silver Pigeon, yells “Pull,” and stands ready to shoot flying disks.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer Garit Graham of Texico first picked up a shotgun at age 5. Now, eight years later, he’s headed for the national finals as a marksman. Garit, 13, is one of 10 New Mexico residents competing in disk shooting during the Junior Olympics July 22 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Garit, […]

Game, life lessons taught at soccer camp

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Participants from Eastern New Mexico University’s female soccer camp warm up for a scrimmage on Thursday. The camp went from Tuesday to Friday.

By Anna George Staff Writer Girls high school and middle school soccer teams learned about passion and perseverance at the Eastern New Mexico University girls soccer camp. Taylor Cromeens, an assistant coach, said the camp teaches girls life lessons through soccer. “They can correlate soccer with the rest of their life,” Cromeens said. The […]

Roosevelt County All-Stars lose to Quay County

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Roosevelt County Little League contested losing their final all-star game last week in Tucumcari after a player was called out for throwing his bat.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County All-Stars 9-10-year-old league advanced to the sectional rounds following a controversial 14-13 District 3 Championship win Thursday over the Roosevelt County All-Stars in Tucumcari. There was a protest filed over the loss of the game, but it has been denied by Williams Sport, the Little […]

Teens raise money for church camp

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Dominic Mascorro, left, 15, and Ashley Ramirez, right, 15, rehearse on Thursday for their July 19 fundraiser show at the Church of the Nazarene. Money raised will  help send youth to church camp.

By Anna George Staff Writer The Church of the Nazarene’s youth group boogied in a Portales parking lot Thursday to raise money to go to church camp in Ruidoso. The kids were stationed in the parking lot of C&S Inc. on West Second Street where they were grilling chicken and hot dogs to sell. […]

Another water line breaks in Portales

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Mike Begay, a TLC Plumbing and Utility worker, helps fix the water line break Monday on 18th Street  near Rotary Park. The water line break left half of the city without water for an undetermined amount of time.

By Anna George Staff Writer Despite an original two block radius prediction, half the city of Portales was without water Monday night after TLC Plumbing and Utility struck an unmarked water pipe around 4:15 p.m. Allen Bolinger of Albuquerque’s Smith Engineering, the resident project representative for the water pipeline being installed throughout Portales, said […]

Portales farmer’s market kicks off

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Pam Wortham, left, sells asparagus to Patsy Jimenez at the Portales farmer’s market on Monday. Wortham has been selling at the farmer’s market for three years.

By Anna George Staff Writer Farmers and gardeners involved in Portales farmer’s market said this is the best crop they have seen in a long time despite it running later than usual. Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farms between Clovis and Portales, said this is the best crop he has seen in five […]

Melrose residents raise money for local child

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Eliza Dodd, 2, of Melrose, has been hospitalized for the last three weeks undergoing treatments for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Three men from Melrose banded together Saturday night to raise money for the family at a brisket dinner and silent auciton. The men raised around $26,000, all of which is going to Eliza’s family.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Melrose has a reputation of being a close-knit community due to its small size. Saturday night was one of its opportunities to come together, when three organizers pitched in to schedule a brisket dinner and silent auction along with the Melrose Fire Department to help out the Dodd family; […]

Fraternity raises money for people with disabilities

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From left, Sahand Yazdanyar, 21, Patrick Brophey, 19, and Hank Barnes, 20, cycle to their resting spot for the day after a 90 mile ride on Friday for The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope. The riders arrived from Roswell to sleep for the night have dinner at Southside Church of Christ.

By Anna George Staff Writer After a 90-mile ride, 26 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from all over the nation cycled into Portales on Friday on their Journey for Hope, a fundraiser for those with disabilities. The cyclists and 10 crew members are traveling 3,700 miles across the country from Long Beach, California, to […]

Independence Day an exercise in freedom

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Portales held its annual fireworks show Saturday night for the Fourth of July holiday with more than 100 Portales residents showing for the event.

By Anna George PNT Staff Writer It’s not hard to find Ernie Aguirre on the Fourth of July. Every Independence Day for the past 10 years, he’s been at his mom’s house on Avenue O in Portales, near Greyhound Arena where the city fireworks display lights up the night sky. “Since the fireworks are […]

Changes happening at detention center

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Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Danny Espinoza sweeps and mops with Sgt. Manuel "Manny Gallegos Friday afternoon at the detention center. Espinoza said he feels like he and the facility have both been redefined with inmates now being allowed out of their cells to work.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Roosevelt County Detention Center has made headlines over the last two years for all the wrong reasons. Five inmates escaped in two separate incidents in 2013. And last year, a murder suspect was allowed out on a work detail and given an ax that he used to beat […]