Giving thanks

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos, right, hands a plaque to Johnny Pacheco at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Pacheco and nine other Portales citizens received Outstanding Citizen Awards for saving a man’s life by lifting a truck off of him.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Ten Portales citizens were honored at Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting for saving another Portales man’s life in October 2014. John Reilly said his ignition switch in his truck was broken so to start it, he had to put the ignition switch into the on position then go […]

Portales residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Joshua Lucero: staff photo

Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s Multicultural Affairs carry a banner celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday evening during the MLK Day march.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Portales records keeper Ted Sharpe, the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was informative and enjoyable. The city of Portales and Eastern New Mexico University joined forces Monday evening to celebrate King and his legacy with a symbolic march and a program that aimed to inform as […]

City, college team up

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Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Events Coordinator Robert Graham puts up posters on campus Thursday in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday.  The celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse to Buchanan Hall at ENMU.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University and the city of Portales are teaming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday afternoon. The annual celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse on the square to Buchanan Hall at the ENMU campus, according to ENMU Alumni Events Coordinator […]

Detention center operations under increased scrutiny

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A guard at the Roosevelt County Detention Center works the main security room Tuesday. The facility has 36 cameras, which all can be viewed from this room.

By Derek Major Staff writer When Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova went through his first walk-through of the facility after being hired in 2010, one thing stood out to him. “The first thing I noticed was that they had butcher knives in the kitchen and there was no accountability for them,” said […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

County maps plan to cut deficit

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Roosevelt County department and office heads met with county commissioners Thursday morning to discuss areas they can cut back in their budgets to help the county out of its $8,000 deficit.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Roosevelt County Commission on Thursday mapped out a plan to reduce its $800,000 budget deficit by half, but still needs to find more places to cut. The amount the county is in deficit recently rose from $500,000 to $800,000 as administration officials discovered more incorrectly budgeted items scattered […]

Police training goes online

Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart takes a test Wednesday morning on the department’s new online training system, V-Academy.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Portales Police Department has cut its spending costs for training by more than half by embracing modern technology, according to department officials. Public Information Officer Detective Charlie Smart said Portales police officers are getting re-certification training through an online program called V-Academy, which reduces the time dedicated to […]

Elida basketball coach remembered

J.D. Isler returned to coaching this season in Elida.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]

Basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident

CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks
J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

Staff report Longtime area basketball coach J.D. Isler was killed Sunday afternoon in an auto accident north of Clovis. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release that Isler, driving a 2013 Dodge pickup, was traveling south on NM 209 when his vehicle crossed left of center and struck a northbound 2015 Volvo […]

Honoring community impact

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Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Vehicle crashes into local newspaper

Joshua Lucero: Staff photos

Staff report A silver Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into the backside of the Portales News-Tribune building at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday. The 19-year-old male driver of the pickup told Portales Police Department officials that he tried to slow down as he rounded the curve in the road behind the newspaper building, and his brakes […]

Utility preps for major upgrade

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Xcel Energy is making a massive upgrade to its transmission infrastructure.

By Derek Major Staff writer A $53 million project was approved earlier this week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for Xcel Energy to add new transmission lines in Eddy and Lea counties. In addition, Xcel will be working on other projects throughout the state, including the Clovis and Portales areas. One of […]

Portales chamber retains executive director


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]

City manager resigns for second time

Doug Redmond

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Less than two months after withdrawing his initial September resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond handed in his official resignation again Monday. Reasons for his resignation have not changed. Redmond said he has two side projects going on, which he declined to discuss until they are closer to being […]

Residents tap frustration on water rates

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Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Portales City Councilor Matt Hunton talks to concerned Portales residents about the increase in water rates at a public hearing Tuesday night at the Memorial Building as Mayor Sharon King listens.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales residents gathered in the Memorial Building Tuesday evening to express grievances over the City of Portales increasing water rates. The rate increase, which is to help pay for the $24.5 million loan the city obtained to build its new waste water treatment plant, was initially set to increase […]

City Council will hold public meeting to discuss rate concerns

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

The Portales City Council will be holding a town hall meeting tonight to address concerns about a proposed water-rate hike to pay for the city’s new $16.4 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer More than four months after a proposed $30-per-month water bill increase, Portales city councilors will hold a town hall meeting tonight to gather public input and address concerns about the rate hike. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building. City Councilor Matt Hunton said the meeting […]

Residents deal with snowy deluge

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A front-end loader shovels a mound of snow on West Second Street in Portales Saturday morning.

By Derek Major Staff writer Overnight snowfall didn’t come as a surprise to many, but the amount that fell did. “I knew it was going to snow, but I didn’t think it would snow this much,” said Dan Jones, a student at Eastern New Mexico University. “I really don’t want to dig my car […]

Worst of weather should end over weekend

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
A lull in the deep freeze Friday allows Emaan (left), Yahya and Fatima Kazmi, all of Clovis, to feed bread crumbs to Canada geese flocking on the lake of Greene Acres Park in Clovis.

By Steve Hansen Just as the holiday weekend, or week for many, is ending, the weather is expected to begin a return to reasonable Sunday. For today, however, the area remains under threat from winter storms and bitter cold. A winter storm warning Friday morning was expected to stay in effect until 11 a.m. […]

Snow expected to impact travel

Forecasters predict up to 10 inches of snow overnight.

Staff reports A winter storm warning is in effect for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m Saturday. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are expected, with up to 10 inches possible along the Texas state line, the National Weather Service is reporting. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight will become […]

Portales couple welcomes first baby of year

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Ezra James Aguilar joined the family Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center, along with parents Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar and older sister Olivia Aguilar. Ezra was the first baby born at PRMC for 2015.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer As they took turns holding Ezra James, Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar briefly gave their bios. She’s a stay-at-home mom, and he’s in graduate school for school counseling. “I graduate May of next year,” Gregory said, before his wife laughed. “No, this year,” she said. “It’s 2015.” “That’s right,” he […]