Fourteen to compete in county bee

By Betty Williamson: Special to the PNT Fourteen students from area schools will compete at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. The competition for junior division spellers, those in grades five and lower, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Becky Sharp Auditorium in ENMU’s College […]

Six vie for Curry County spelling bee crown

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Spelling Bee starts at 9 a.m. today at Clovis Community College in Room 512. The winner of the county bee will participate in a statewide spelling bee in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque bee will determine the winner representing New Mexico at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in […]

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Events Calendar May 29

Today Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Monday Board of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental […]

Events Calendar May 28

Thursday Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. City of Portales reception […]

County spelling bee returning

PNT Staff Report A county spelling bee is coming back to Roosevelt County and spellers are busy studying their Paideas in anticipation. Winners and runners-up from school spelling competitions will meet on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium to compete in the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Betty Williamson, county bee director, said […]

Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national […]

Spelling bee champ buzzes with excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, an 11-year-old […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

Killer Bees permanent addition to local area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State University’s […]