Insights from back of police car

A friend I’ve kept in touch with since our graduate counseling program days recently discussed the manic-depression he’s dealt with for decades. In his depressive states, “Tom” sits around practically unable to function. In his manic states he is “on top of the world with profound truths shooting like meteorites from my head.” His definition […]

Martinez needs to expose details of expenditures

Gov. Susana Martinez has a public-relations problem that could become her political nightmare if she doesn’t come clean on simple records requests. Martinez needs to disclose details of an expensive security detail in 2012 that cost taxpayers more than $33,500 to pay for more than 1,600 hours of overtime worked by state police. And while […]

Electric cooperative celebrates 75 years

Courtesy photos: Robin Inge
A cooperative employee stringing one of the first lines in 1940.

Editor’s note: This is a first in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It’s a service that thousands of Roosevelt County residents depend on, it’s been powering homes for decades, and now Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative celebrates 75 years. It’s a milestone that […]

Jail director shares escape details

Photo courtesy: David Casanova
This metal bunkbed leg was used by inmates Ruben Lozano and Stephen Phillips to break through the ceiling of their jail cell and also the roof of the Roosevelt County detention center to escape from jail.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Oasis guidelines way to safe summer

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Oasis State Park employee Valerie Russ gives a presentation on the park’s wildlife trunk. On the table are different furs, skulls, tracks, and scat of the animals of this area.

Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Oasis State Park has provided summer safety guidelines for our area. This information can help you and your family have a safe, enjoyable summer. All of the following risks are relevant to this area, so keeping yourself and others aware can help everyone be safe. Animal Safety Rattlesnakes […]

Events Calendar — June 30

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 356-5307 Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: […]

Some horses are as good as gold

Some horses are as good as gold. They take care of kids just learning, old cowgirls with osteoporosis, cowboys of any age who should have a designated driver, and homeward bound riders lost in a blizzard. I classify these gold horses in the same category as those equidae who performed routinely heroic duties in the […]

Poverty underlies vacation paradise

Last week, this columnist focused on the natural beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, and its surrounding waters. Today I am remembering another side of that island, a side which I suppose is largely rooted in the slave trade history of this small island. St. Croix is still dotted with sugar mills, […]

Engagements — June 30

Karchner/Mobley Rodney and Tina Karchner of Carlsbad announce the engagement and approaching of marriage of their daughter, Chanley Karchner of Carlsbad, to Wade Mobley of Carlsbad, son of Randy and Kathy Mobley of Portales. The couple will exchange vows July 6, 2013, in Carlsbad. The reception will be at Washington Ranch. The bride-elect is a […]

How to help — June 30

Fallis Local painter David Fallis suffered a serious brain injury. He is hospitalized in Lubbock. The family needs help with expenses. Donations can be made at Western Bank of Clovis the a under account “For David.” For information call Veronica Sandoval at 218-8004.

Creative living: Swimsuits, wall decoration to be featured on show

Information on making a swimsuit and personalizing a wall decoration will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Apparel designer, Laura Keith will demonstrate how to sew a custom-fit swimsuit using easy sewing methods that are handy for any stretch knit fabric as well as for swimwear fabric. […]

Honors — June 30

Nagel Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Norma Nagel as Auxilian of the month of May 2013. Nagel joined the auxiliary July 2004. She has served as president-elect and president. She trained Candy Stripers and was on the gift shop committee for three years. She is currently the service coordinator and also volunteers in the […]

Anniversaries — June 30

Boersma Andy and Grace Boersma of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 29 in Cimarron, Kan. The couple was married June 30, 1953, in Artesia, Calf. They have 10 children, including in-laws, 32 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is a retired dairyman. She is a homemaker.

Some real rats lurking out in cyberspace

We might be living in a brave new world, but there are some real rats lurking out there in Cyberland. I’m not necessarily thinking of our president and the federal government here but if the shoe phone fits … I’m constantly amazed at all of the business, entertainment and media that can be grasped through […]

Our people: Guard duty

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By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer lbowe@cnjonine.com Caitlin Dial, 17, keeps a vigilant eye on the swimmers as she has to be ready any minute to jump in and rescue a swimmer in distress. Dial has been lifeguarding at the Clovis Aquatic Center for four years. She was born and raised in Clovis and will […]

Reunions — June 30

The Anson family will be celebrating a family reunion and potluck 11 a.m. July 13 at Ned Houk Park in Clovis. All friends and family are welcome. For information call Jean Workheiser at 763-6710.

On the shelves — June 30

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “First Words: A Parent’s Step-by-Step Guide to Helping a Child with Speech and Language Delays” by Barbara Offenbacher provides tools, information, and helpful day-to-day strategies to help parents supplement professional therapy and stimulate their child’s communication skills. “Prescription for Murder” by Jessica Fletcher brings the celebrated […]

Police Blotter — June 30

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 12:45 a.m.: Alarm, 500 block of 18th Street. • 1:04 a.m.: Alarm, 100 block of South Knoxville. • 6:38 a.m.: Trash on fire, N.M. 202. • 8:58 a.m.: Dead dog, 300 block of East Juniper. • 9:52 a.m.: Officer requested, 1700 block of North […]

Van Soelen picked for judge vacancy

CMI staff Former city commissioner and deputy district attorney Fred Van Soelen of Clovis was appointed Ninth Judicial District Court judge Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. “I’m excited,” Van Soelen said when contacted by phone. “It’s very humbling but I’m excited to get going.” Van Soelen was picked from among four candidates to replaced retired […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
The men who flew on the MC-130E Combat Talon I when it was the lead aircraft in the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam unveil a commemorative plaque at the plane’s retirement ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]