Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird PNT senior writer On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was […]

Local student scores align with state results

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. Locally, test scores tell a similar story. Clovis High School students in grades 10-11 saw gains in reading scores […]

An encounter with John Law in California

Paperwork and all the little things that can get you into several hundred dollars worth of trouble; those are things I don’t miss about truck driving. One of my trucking journeys took me to San Diego. After delivering my load I waited two days for another one. In trucking if you’re sitting you’re not making […]

Animals perfect conductors of emotional contagion

It’s downright logical to extend rights to animals, especially when it comes to having the right to a fair shake at living, the right to not be injured maliciously or negligibly — all living creatures inherently deserve such things. Maybe even in certain circumstances there are other rights that are appropriate. But one thing is […]

Breaking news: Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]

Volunteer rarely gets free minute


Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Kellie Bilbrey of Milnesand wears many hats, including that of a volunteer firefighter. As a mother, wife, EMS director at Milnesand Fire Department and a second-grade teacher at Dora Elementary, Kellie […]

ENMU seeks stronger STEM

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Kenwyn Cradock says the demand for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math, widely known as STEM, has had a snowball effect, further driving the need for funding at the education level. Cradock, a project director for the STEM Grant at Eastern New Mexico University and director […]

DOMA ruling sees split locally

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Bill Cathey says he’s not looking forward to the possibility of same-sex couples getting married right here in town at the courthouse. The Roosevelt County commissioner says he was disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Wednesday to kill the Defense of Marriage Act, a law […]

My turn: Kid’s film, junk food make perfect pair

I had a childhood flashback Tuesday night when I watched Rock-a-Doodle with coworker Christina Calloway. We were both having one of those moments of reverting back to childhood when you decide you must eat junk food and watch animated children’s movies. It’s a girl thing. The film is from the early 1990s and is about […]

Police blotter — June 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Wednesday: Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Possible suspicious activity, 1900 block of South Avenue I. • 11:37 a.m.: Identity theft, 1700 block of North Avenue K. • 11:40 a.m.: Officer requested case number, 100 block of South Houston. • 11:50 a.m.: Requested an officer, 100 block of […]

Events calendar — June 28

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Rise of the Guardians” will be featured. The movie is rated PG. Information: 356-3940.   Saturday Superhero Party 2013 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: Blackwater Draw presentation — 7 […]

Family trip full of miracles

I have been staying with my son in Fort Worth. I want to thank you for the many prayers you have prayed. Lance is getting better. He is able to laugh and love. He still has a long battle of fighting cancer ahead of him, but with your prayers he will get there. Thank you […]

Free-market roads concept possible

Are you under the impression that free-market roads would be impossible, or at least impossibly complicated? Then I have good news for you. There are many possible ways for roads to be provided in a free society, even assuming unfettered technology wouldn’t make roads obsolete. Business owners could voluntarily join forces to provide roads and […]

Letters to the Editor — Our country facing severe problems

We have global warming staring us in the face, infrastructure that needs a trillion to update, millions unemployed, some long-term, students, the country’s future,  looking at a mountain of debt and what are a large number of congressmen, House and Senate, members looking at? Repealing The Affordable Health Care Act, 32 times, putting up road […]

Women’s health choices remain theirs, for now

— The Santa Fe New Mexican The notion of the little guy battling powerful institutions is one of the strongest myths Americans share — and anyone staying up late Tuesday night saw those forces in action on the floor of the Texas Legislature. With a firm majority determined to pass a law that, in effect, […]

What you can do about mental illness

Sitting on my desk is one of those book club cards I’m supposed to return if I do NOT want this month’s selected book. Two books, actually. Book clubs like to bundle books together. A pernicious practice. Anyway, one book they want me to buy this month evidently has to do with “What You Can […]

Fishing report — June 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle […]

Councilor: Park upkeep uneven


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Public Works Director John DeSha says the swings at Lindsey Park on West Ivy have been repaired since they were brought to his attention by the area’s city councilor. Antonio Salguero told DeSha last week at the Portales City Council meeting that the swings had been broken for […]

Fireworks update


The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is still accepting donations for the Portales July Fourth Celebration, according to Executive Director Karl Terry. Live music, a fireworks display, and food vendors will be showcased for the celebration, which will take place on July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field and practice football field. […]

Lesser prairie chicken decision delayed

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s judgment to extend its decision on whether to federally protect the lesser prairie chicken will play into the favor of local landowners. The USFWS was slated to make its decision on whether to list the grouse […]