Dairy Fest kicks off Saturday

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico For anyone who has ever wondered about life on a dairy, one local summer event has the answers. This year’s third annual Dairy Fest will take place Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis. “Dairy Fest is a day of family-oriented fun where we encourage and invite the […]

City pool undergoing renovations

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Parents of young children hoping to escape the heat of the summer will have to wait until next summer to be able to take advantage of an all new baby pool at Portales’ city pool. The complete redesign of the baby pool began about a month ago, and is […]

Hobbs pounds Portales in summer softball

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Hobbs beat Portales 10-2 Monday afternoon. The Lady Rams are 5-7 in summer league play, and travel to Clovis on Thursday.

Golden Library hosting exhibit of Southwestern art

PNT Staff Report The Walker/Whitethorne families have an art show on exhibit this summer in the Runnel’s Art Gallery and the foyer at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. Melveta Walker, director of the library, has some of her own arts and crafts in the exhibit, plus those of her grandchildren and adopted Navajo family, […]

Local summer happenings

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Freedom New Mexico Looking for something to do this summer? Here is a list of some events happening in the eastern New Mexico area. Today • Pioneer Days — 8 p.m., PRCA Rodeo at Curry County Fairgrounds. • Curry County Trade Days — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 762-8827. Sunday • Curry County […]

Dora School News June 8

Summer remediation begins Dora High School students who did not pass a course for 2007-08 are to report to the school library for summer remediation at 8 a.m. Monday. David Bass, Principal, notified parents of these students by mail last week of the upcoming classes, which will allow students the opportunity for credit recovery at […]

City begins water conservation campaign

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Drive around Portales and you will see many front yards covered in dark green grass. Those dark green lawns suck up thousands of gallons of water each summer, paid for in higher water bills. The city of Portales wants residents to learn how to conserve water, in the yard […]

Children’s summer program offers variety of fun activities

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Instead of bored children glued to the television this summer, they can be involved in activities at locations around the area through the Portales Recreation Center’s summer program. Program director Johnny Ledbetter has been at the Center for seven years, and this is the fourth consecutive year the program […]

Library adds summer reading program for teens

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Public Library is launching a new summer reading program designed to get teenagers booked while giving them a chance to win an MP3 player. Librarians hope younger children also “catch the reading bug.” “Catch the Reading Bug” is the theme for the summer program for children in […]

Wesley Martin earns Eagle Scout rank

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Wesley Martin, 17, was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor by Boy Scout Troop 18 on May 18 at First United Methodist Church of Portales. Martin joined Cub Scout Pack 11 at age 6 and earned its highest award, the Arrow of Light. He has been active in Boy Scout troops in Japan, […]

Coby Carter not just fiddlin’ around

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A local fiddler is starting to make his name known and will play with some big boys this summer. Even more impressive, though, is that Coby Carter is only 12 years old. Coby recently took first-place in the 12-and-under division at the Bob Wills fiddle contest in Turkey, Texas, […]

Local Brief May 28

Head Start accepting enrollment The Texas Migrant Council is accepting applications for enrollment in its summer program for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. There is no cost for services. To be eligible, children must be from migrant and seasonal farm worker families who meet income guidelines. The program emphasizes all areas of […]

Summer lunch program expects more participants this year

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Record-high fuel and grocery prices may translate into more children seeking free meals in a summer lunch program, sponsored by Portales Municipal Schools, which begins on Tuesday. “I’m actually anticipating our participation to go up this year because of high gas prices and grocery prices,” said Shirley Chatterton, food […]

Dora School News May 25

Summer break Dora School ended the spring semester on Thursday. Regular classes resume Aug. 11, for the fall semester of the 2008-2009 school year.

Youth group plans trip to help repair Louisiana home

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Thirty-two members of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales will help fix a hurricane-damaged home next month in New Orleans while attending a youth conference in Houma, La. The St. Helen youth group will continue to hold fundraisers to help finance the seven-day trip to Steubenville on the Bayou, […]

Summer science institute scheduled

New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Inc. is hosting the Summer Science of Energy Institute June 15-20 on the campus of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. The registration fee is $20 and three hours college credit through ENMU-Roswell is available. Information: Betty Chancey, 624-7129.

CAFB parents publish kids activity list

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June with their three young sons. Last summer also brought a move to eastern New Mexico for Maj. Daniel and Brenda Dunn, who have two […]

2-3-08 Local Briefs

Library Friends to meet Heather Christensen, youth services librarian for the Portales Public Library, will present the program at the next regular meeting of the Friends of the Portales Public Library at noon on Thursday in the meeting room at the library, 218 South Avenue B. Christensen will be reporting on a number of efforts […]

MDA seeks summer camp volunteers

Freedom New Mexico The Muscular Dystrophy Association needs summer camp volunteer counselors to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases, according to a news release. Volunteer applicants must be male, at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between ages 6 and 21. Volunteers will help campers with daily […]

Hofstetter headed to nationals

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor She admits it was a nerve-wracking way to do it, but Portales native Brittany Hofstetter has made it to the National Finals Rodeo in barrel racing set for next month in Las Vegas, Nev. Hofstetter found out Sunday at the Texas Stampede Rodeo in Dallas, where she was forced […]