Graduation prompts mixed emotions

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old senior Isaiah Dawson has faced a few challenges on his path to graduation. In four years, he had attended five different high schools, three in Albuquerque, then Clovis and Portales, he said. “I’ve just been bouncing around,” Dawson said. Dawson, along with, 141 of his Portales High School […]

Area seniors look forward to graduation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The final countdown has begun as area seniors prepare for graduation ceremonies that are set to take place over the coming weekend. Originally not a believer of the old adage that time flies …, Elida senior Tanner Burrows has learned that it actually does as he prepares to graduate […]

Board honors past members

PNT Staff Report Past Portales Municipal School Board members will be honored with a new plaque displayed in the board room. Michael Terry, principal at James Elementary, updated the board on the progress for the updated board member wall at Monday’s board meeting. Terry showed off the new plaque, created by Clyde Powell, which shows […]

Cannon slims aircraft transfers

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Representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard work as part of the Transfer/Acceptance Inspection Rapid Improvement Event to slim a 16-day task to five days as part of AFSO 21. 2nd Lt. George Tobias Huddled in a small conference room with walls covered in post-it-notes, representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command […]

Mornings provide sense of peace

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t […]

A century to celebrate

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Red, white and blue decorations filled the pavilion as several generations of Roosevelt County families and community members gathered to celebrate 100 years of fairs in Roosevelt County Friday at the fairgrounds. “It’s an important part of our history,” said Tim Allison, event organizer and fairboard member .“The fairs […]

Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the […]

Making history – one day at a time

Chief Master Sgt. Ricky Balolong The poet, Robert Penn Warren, wrote, “History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” The ironic thing about history is that rarely do those who are […]

Obituaries for April 20, 2006

Mary Lou Combs Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently […]

Freshman explores universe for regional science fair entry

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By William Thompson Portales High School freshman G.T. “Teddy” Gordon began his foray into science at the age of seven when he began taking the engines out of remote-controlled cars. He wanted to see how they worked. He also made electric fans out of the engines. Gordon’s latest scientific effort, a display called “The Soaring […]

Aug. 24 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Laveta Patterson; Chad Smith; Polly Bigler. Anniversaries: Jason and Amanda Potter (six years). Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6pm and games begin at 7. Roosevelt County Fair The community and school would like to […]

Dairies impact area school enrollment

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy industry as well as requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. Muleshoe, Grady and the Clovis Christian all expect slight enrollment increases, with Muleshoe installing eight […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s important […]

Lubbock Christian sweeps past Rams

PNT Staff LUBBOCK — Nick Quigley had four extra base hits, including a home run in each game, and picked up the second-game pitching victory Monday night as the Lubbock Christian Eagles swept past Portales High’s baseball team 15-5 and 18-8. Both games ended in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule. Lubbock Christian (14-5) […]

MLK a day to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Vigil family operates from afar

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: This story is part of a weekly series on Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for at least five years. For Mark Vigil and his family, owning Mark’s Restaurant and Catering has taught them the importance of lasting relationships that stand the test of time. For […]

Sept. 29 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain and more rain the past week. There are signs on the road north of Dora, 2 to 4 miles that warns of water on the highway. The fields look water soaked in the area. All of the area west of Donald Massey’s home looks like a big lake. Still don’t hear […]

Aug. 18 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There was more rain in Dora area the past week, and weeds are thriving along with the crops. One dairy owner said the rain made it harder on the cattle and on those feeding and doing the milking, but said the moisture is needed and it is growing feed. He had no […]

The drive in movie isn’t dead yet

By Helena Rodriguez As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past […]

June 2 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The area is still high and dry and still needing rain. The irrigation crops are looking good but as far as I know there have been some dry land crops planted. It is shocking how the wheat has dried in the past week. It looks dead ripe and ready for harvesting. It […]