Toy run produces about 40 toys, $300 in donations

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo: Los Reyes members drop off new toys into the Santa Cop donation box at the police department. Each toy run participant brought a new, unwrapped toy to be donated during Saturday’s event.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club and the Portales Police Department teamed up Saturday to bring Roosevelt County children a toy-filled Christmas this year. Bikers and car enthusiasts were invited to enter Saturday’s toy run for a fee and an unwrapped toy to donate. Participants were escorted by police […]

Youths join with seniors to make holiday ornaments

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Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program participants get to work painting ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree Wednesday with the help of senior center volunteers.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Paint and smiles were abundant Wednesday afternoon at the Portales Senior Citizens Center as volunteers and children came together to decorate Christmas ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree. Portales Recreation Director Jodi Diaz said the Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program kids teamed up with senior center ceramics class volunteers […]

Williamson building nearing completion

Joshua Lucero: Staff writer
The exterior of the Jack Williamson 
Liberal Arts building seen as workers pour concrete and lay bricks outside the facility’s west entrance. The exterior of the building is set to be completed within the next two weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Updated looks and modern classrooms are a few of the things Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty can expect to find in the newly renovated Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. According to Bradbury Stamm Superintendent David Burks, the building is less than two weeks from completion after receiving […]

Habitat short on homeowner candidates

Photo courtesy of Joyce Davis
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on Gay Luna’s house during Habitat’s Women’s Build Day in July 2013 as part of Habitat’s affordable housing program. Habitat for Humanity Director Joyce Davis said the program has been unable to find a qualified candidate for the program this year.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With no families qualifying for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program this year, the eastern New Mexico organization is looking to take on smaller projects until it can find a qualified applicant. The organization, which has built 12 homes in Curry and Roosevelt Counties since it became an HFH […]

Sunday’s snow results in minor accidents, delays at area schools

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Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer qcsunomline.com Portales police said they responded to eight traffic accidents on Sunday with no serious injuries, but first the season’s significant snowfall — 2 inches in places — mostly was an inconvenience. Accompanied by temperatures in the teens and low 20s, the weather did delay school and some business openings […]

Purr-fection

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The Elida Lady Tigers celebrate after winning the Class 1A volleyball championship Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Elida beat Carrizozo 25-9, 25-10, 18-25, 25-10 in the title match for the school’s seventh state crown.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — The Elida Lady Tigers are the B team no longer. Elida finished off a resounding return to Class 1A Saturday, beating Carrizozo in four games at the Santa Ana Star Center to wrap off a 26-0 campaign and take the seventh volleyball blue trophy in school […]

Santa Cop gears up toy drive

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Jankia Mims, center, drops a toy into the donation box with New Mexico Christian Children’s Home house parent Rachel Truex, right, and her son James Truex at the Portales Police Department’s SantaCop toy drive Saturday morning at Walmart. The toy drive has raised $3,000 dollars and hopes to exceed the $7,000 raised last year, according to organizer Mickie Gonzales.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Portales Police Department Master Patrol Officer Raul Rosa, the annual Santa Cop toy drive is about bringing smiles to young faces. Police officers set up shop Saturday morning at Walmart to collect toys and monetary donations throughout the day as part of the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

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El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Road work on cusp of completion

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Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Staff report As winter weather makes its way into Portales, city officials plan to wrap up construction and prepare for snow and ice. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the city will be finishing out road work at the intersection of South Avenue B and Third Street by the end of November, weather permitting. […]

Honoring our vets

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Reta Neal, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s College Success program, places the names of veterans by flags at DeBaca Park Tuesday morning after the university’s Field of Flags event honoring veterans. Neal said her husband served in the military for 28 years and her son is a current member of the National Guard.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Jim Warnica, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor veterans who are still living for their service to the United States. Warnica, a World War II veteran who attended the American Legion’s 68th annual Veterans Day program Tuesday morning, said the day is important to honor those who’ve […]

13-year-old’s murder conviction overturned

DeAngelo Montoya was 13 when he was accused of killing Angel Vale in 2010.

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com A state court has overturned a Portales teen’s 2011 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, according to court documents. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in an opinion posted Friday that statements DeAngelo Montoya made to investigators were inadmissible because his age precluded him from waiving his […]

Vet’s military career dedicated to three branches

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From left, Herschal Wall, Felipe Martinez and Richard Baldridge represent the U.S. Navy at Thursday’s Veterans Day breakfast at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Martinez also served in the Army and Air Force.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is home to many generations of veterans who served in conflicts around the world. Here is the story of one man who led a life of dedication and sacrifice for three branches of the military. Felipe Martinez was born in Cuervo in 1936 and his family moved […]

The science of writing

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ENMU Professor Geni Flores, center, and fifth-grade teacher Cynthia Flores-Gonzales sit with the winners of their essay contest, from left, Josue Vargas, Carmelo Nunez, Zayra Alvarada and Angela Plascencia on Thursday for their working lunch.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Every year, fifth-graders at Lindsey-Steiner Ele-mentary School take a field trip to the wetlands at Goodwin Lake Trail in Clovis. This year, teacher Cynthia Flores-Gonzales tied a writing assignment to the trip. “The kids have been writing in science journals since the year started and I wanted their writing […]

Job fair offers options

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Plains Regional Medical Center’s Connie Vinson speaks with Donald Jones of Clovis Wednesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Fall Job Fair at the Greyhound Arena. The job fair featured 38 businesses looking for potential employees.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For recent Idaho transplant Senovia Garcia, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico fall job fair at was just what she was looking for. The fair, which is organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, had options for […]

Golden Boy remains mum on plant plans

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Golden Boy Food’s officials have yet to comment on their plans for the peanut plant on Highway 70. Golden Boy purchased the plant in April for $26 million.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc., Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the plant’s future. There have been signs of activity in the last month at the former Sunland peanut process plant, including a company sign. Post Holdings, […]

One dead in ‘possible homicide’

Law officers are outside the scene of an early-morning death on North Avenue J in Portales

Staff report A Portales man is dead and police are investigating the case as a “possible homicide,” officials said Saturday night. The victim has been identified as Fabian Madrid, 26, of Portales. No charges have been filed in the case, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb said a suspect in the shooting is being held in […]

Bible study members save pinned man

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as an average Wednesday evening Bible study at Church of the Nazarene turned into a heroic act. Church members rushed to the aid of a man trapped under a pickup, lifted the vehicle off of him, and pulled him to safety. John Reilly, 47, was in a […]

Gas average lowest since December 2010

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Morgan Arguello pumps gas at a Phillips 66 station in
Portales. Gas prices have been dropping over the past 
month and are now below $3 in most stations in Portales and Clovis.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Gas prices are dropping across the state and the country and the trend could continue. According to the website Gasbuddy.com, which gathers retail price data via crowd-sourcing for more than 133,000 gas stations across the country, the number of stations selling gas below $3 climbed to 50 percent of […]

Tricks and treats

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Portales Recreation Center's Karen Sanchez prepares the "Butcher Shop" room Monday for a haunted house. Organizations and businesses in Portales are gearing up to provide entertainment and candy for this year's Halloween festivities.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com With Halloween on Friday, area organizations are gearing up for a safe and entertaining week. The Portales Recreation Center will kick off the Halloween festivities Wednesday evening with its annual haunted house. Recreation Center director Jodi Diaz said the haunted house is open to all ages and will be […]

Holiday can be healthy

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Israel Cortez, left, and his son Noah Cortez, 1, search for pumpkins on Prince Street Friday afternoon to decorate for Halloween. Curry and Roosevelt County Extension service officials say it is best for young trick or treaters to add healthier low sugar alternatives to their bag this year.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Halloween is around the corner and local youth will be showing up at doorsteps in search of treats all over the region. Treats don’t always have to be candy though, and the less sugar the better, according to officials at the Roosevelt and Curry County extension offices. Roosevelt County Extension Nutrition […]