Volunteer profile: Noelle Bartl

Name: Noelle Bartl Occupation: Executive Director of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation Background: Bartl was studied at ENMU and moved back to Portales from Wisconsin in June 2000 with her husband. Volunteer work: Bartl is active in Portales Rotary Club, where she volunteers in the community. Last year, she worked with Habitat for Humanity [...]

Yucca Telecom closing for funeral

PNT staff reports Yucca Telecom will close all day Friday for the funeral of Steven Richards, who worked with the business for 37 years, said Nancy Gentry, administrative assistant and public relations employee.

Councilman Watkins announces Mayoral bid

City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales. The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman. He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth [...]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot [...]

Clovis league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder [...]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals [...]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have [...]

Former skeptic will share findings on faith

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A scientist who became a Christian after finding evidence he felt logically supported the faith is scheduled to speak Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church. Don Bierle, who earned a doctorate in biology and worked as a researcher and professor for 25 years, is set to talk about scientific, [...]

Dry cleaner’s mother worked in the business

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By Blake Downs: PNT Staff Writer

Probate Judge Candidate: Mark Paternoster

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Name: Mark Paternoster Age: 61 Occupation: District court bailiff Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Democrat Elected offices held: none What is your background? After living and working in Albuquerque for over 20 years, my wife and I moved our family to Portales in 1988. Here, I have worked at a local title company and [...]