October perfect for victories

We are now into October, which means many exciting small victories are around the corner: • Every sweet thing to eat or drink has the potential to be laced with some sweet pumpkin. I’ve already got my pumpkin spice tea, pumpkin pie coffee and pumpkin salsa ready. • You can now buy bulk candy that’s […]

Goddard outlasts Lady Rams in five


CMI staff Portales High and Roswell Goddard went back-and-forth for four sets Tuesday night before the Lady Rockets pulled away in the tie-breaker set for a 25-23, 24-26, 30-28, 24-26, 15-11 win at the Ram Athletic Center. The win was the first this season in three tries for the Lady Rockets (10-4) against PHS (8-2). […]

Zias fall in three to LCU

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ENMU freshman outside hitter Courtney Lawson goes up for a kill during Tuesday’s volleyball match against Lubbock Christian at Greyhound Arena. Lawson had nine kills and 11 digs as the Zias lost to the Lady Chaps 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.

CMI staff Kacey Deterding compiled 18 kills and 14 digs Tuesday night to lead Lubbock Christian to a 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 non-conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. Deterding also had three total blocks for the Lady Chaps (7-7), whIle Amy Edwards posted 11 kills and five total blocks. The Zias […]

NM prep football rankings

Maxpreps.com Class 5A 1. Las Cruces High 5-0; 2. Mayfield 5-0; 3. Rio Rancho Cleveland 4-0; 4. Valley 4-0; 5. Rio Rancho 4-1; 6. Sandia 4-1; 7. Manzano 4-1; 8. Cibola 3-2; 9. Eldorado 2-3; 10. Atrisco Heritage 3-1. Class 4A 1. Roswell Goddard 3-1; 2. Los Lunas 4-1; 3. Belen 4-1; 4. Farmington 4-1; […]

Meetings watch — Portales City Council (Oct. 2)

Three things you should know about the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night: • It got heated when councilors discussed a proposed family entertainment center. A fun center in Portales, what the council was excited about at one time, seems to have become an afterthought now that councilors aren’t sure if the time is right […]

Police blotter — Oct. 2

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 10:51 a.m.: Civil matter, Portales. • 11:31 a.m.: Harassing phone calls, 100 block of South Knoxville. • 12:25 p.m.: Cat in a trap, 400 block of Monticello Parkway. • 12:31 p.m.: Shoplifting, 1000 block of West Second. • 1:07 p.m.: Stray dog, 1300 block of South Avenue […]

Meth bust suspects on loose

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Two Portales residents accused of drug trafficking saw their chance to escape while New Mexico State Police secured a search warrant on their home Thursday at 1015 North Main St., according to state police. Kandis Merrill and Wayne Beck left the residence after a search of their […]

Shutdown guts base’s civilian workforce

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on Cannon Air Force Base and its civilian workforce. While Cannon’s military personnel will see no lapse in work, just more than 250 of the base’s nearly 400 civilian workers were placed on emergency shutdown furlough Tuesday, according to 27th […]

Inmate captured in Salt Lake City


PNT staff Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for a homicide committed as a […]

Q&A: Fiddlin’ student has eyes on fame


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Coby Carter, a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University, may be headed for the big time as a member of StateLine, a country music band from Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. The youngest member and only Portales native has been playing the fiddle for the group […]

Fugitive still at-large

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This is the metal bunk bed leg used to create a hole in the ceiling of the jail in Friday’s escape.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com An inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County’s jail and remained at-large late Monday night served time for second-degree murder in Colorado, according to the jail’s administrator. Administrator David Casanova said he did not know the details of Robert Claudio’s case, which he said occurred in Colorado. Claudio, 31, […]

Greyhounds move win streak to four games

CMI staff Severin Niessen made three saves for a shutout, and Eastern New Mexico University capitalized on defensive miscues to take a 3-0 victory Monday at University of the Southwest in Hobbs. The win moves the winning streak to four games and the undefeated streak to five for Greyhounds (6-3-1), who also got head coach […]