Eighth-grader advances in Spanish spelling bee

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Alisa Boswell The competition grew in intensity Thursday as it got down to two final contestants — eighth-grade student Alejandro Munoz and fifth-grade student Magaly Najera. The words presented by announcer Antonia Salaz grew in difficulty in the final round of the Portales Municipal Schools’ annual Spanish spelling bee. It ended with Munoz winning, spelling […]

Portales past: Sept. 28, 1955

Portales Daily News: Holt Irby, a 13-year-old Rogers 4-H Club member, was the first-place winner of the commercial “pen of five classification” at the New Mexico State Fair. He won a trip to Kansas City. (contestants exhibited pens of 5 fat calves for judging)

County teen wins youth hunter education contest

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By Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County teenager beat out almost 60 contestants Saturday to win a statewide hunter education contest. Garrett Lee, 17, scored 2,065 points in the annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, according to the YHEC website. Garrett’s father, Shannon Lee, said 2,400 points were possible. Competitors shoot muzzle loaders, .22-caliber rifles, […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas contest seeks contestants

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is searching for contestants before the cut off date Monday. Right now, five girls are in the running for the spot. Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Manager Mandi Park said people can call her or come by the chamber to fill out registration forms […]

Junior rodeo under way in Clovis

By Keely McDowell The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around 500 people to […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins today

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than 8, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Competitive eating has its drawbacks

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Finally the Mustard Belt has returned home. It makes me proud to be an American. If you missed it, the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest held on the Fourth of July at Coney Island was won this year by Joey “Jaws” Chestnut from San Jose, Calif. He […]

County fair kicks off new home arts competition

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A new competition added to the home arts and crafts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair had contestants preparing their baked goods and homemade delicacies in advance. This was the first year for the overall home arts sweepstakes competition. The winner of the competition is based on a points […]

Clovis fifth grader wins regional spelling bee

By Andy Jackson Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson pounced on the opening, spelling the […]

Spellers hit their Paideias for Saturday’s spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The fate of the young contestants hinge on words that are rarely used in daily speech and rarely seen in ink: “Samovar,” a metal urn; “nisse,” a friendly goblin of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings; “torrenticole,” an organism that lives in swiftly flowing water. But it isn’t the rarity, nor the […]

Oct. 24 Elida School News

Elida FFA chapter housed the 2004 Greenhand Quiz and FFA Creed Speaking contests. The contest took place Oct. 18 at Elida High School. Forty-four contestants from 11 neighboring schools participated. The judges were Tommy Thompson, San Jon; Arkie Kiehne, Portales; Mike O’Connor, ENMU; Jesus Trujillo, Hagerman; Glen Trammel, Dexter; and Kelly Jones, Goddard. The students […]

City holds dedications, celebrations

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By Tony Parra Everything worked out perfectly for Heritage Days’ organizers and vendors as Portales residents participated in the events without it being rained out. The recently built Portales Junior High Gymnasium was dedicated to Kenneth Livingston, who was a longtime PJH principal before his death in 1987. “It’s amazing,” Bill Livingston, Kenneth’s son, said. […]

GeoCaching part of Heritage Days fun

By Tony Parra The intrigue of Heritage Days are attracting people from across the United States to Portales with events such as GeoCaching, the Portales High All-Class Reunion, the Pioneer Reception and the Rough Rider Relay Challenge. GeoCaching is catching on across the United States, according to Doug Lynch, the GeoCaching coordinator for Heritage Days. […]

Country show a feature at county fair

PNT Staff John Michael Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride all used the Colgate Country Showdown as a steppingstone to jump start their music careers. And at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair, 18 will try to follow their path toward country music’s elite. The event is one of many to will fill a tight schedule […]