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 […]

Health fair enters fourth year

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Clovis Community College nursing student Krystal Gonzales gives her instructor, Gayle Richerson, a flu shot during the 2013 Roosevelt General Hospital health fair. The 2014 RGH health fair will feature free screenings and flu shots as well as bike helmet fittings and car seat clinic.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital is making it easier for area residents to stay healthy this fall. RGH is holding its fourth annual health fair from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The fair will feature free screenings that include those for blood pressure, vision, and diabetes. The first 400 adult […]

Downtown returning to normal

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Traffic flows under the new fully-operational stoplights at the Main Avenue intersections of 1st and 2nd streets. Portales residents are glad the road construction on U.S. 70 has been substantially completed after 28 months.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Perla Nunez is relieved that the long overdue street construction through the heart of Portales is substantially finished after more than two years. “I’m glad they’re finally done,” said Nunez, a salesperson at Prestige Carpet on South Avenue A. “It looks a lot cleaner now. The lights are working. […]

Portales couple keeps coming back

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Peanut Valley Festival attendees browse booths at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the event had more than 110 booths set up and expected to host 5,000 visitors over the weekend.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo of Portales said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]

ENMU maintenance crew has field day

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Doug Lee, left, and Dust Cathey walk off the field after completing an end zone. Dent McGill, ENMU grounds manager, said each letter in the end zone is painted by hand.

Staff report With game day only one day away, Eastern New Mexico University’s grounds and paint crews worked Friday to get the field at Greyhound Stadium for play. ENMU Grounds Manager Dent McGill said the grounds crew spent the days leading up to the game striping and grooming the field in preparation for the Hounds’ […]

Zias turn trust into wins

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ENMU senior midfielder Alyssa Prince takes a shot during the Zias’ match against Southern Nazarene on Sept. 16 at the ENMU pitch. Prince was named the LSC’s offensive player of the week after scoring both goals in Sunday’s 2-0 upset of eighth-ranked and previously unbeaten LSC leader Angelo State.

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team has had an up and down season as their longest winning streak has been two games. The Zias, though, have won three of their last four outings after a shaky start to the season. Senior goalkeeper Fabienne Wilson of Alamogordo has […]

RGH prepares for possibility of Ebola cases

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Tony Lucero, left, Roosevelt General Hospital director of plant operations and materials management and Dr. Larry Leamer, hospital CEO, erect a plastic barrier to block off hospital rooms as part of the hospital’s preparations for possible Ebola cases in the Portales area. Hospital officials said the facility has been training almost daily since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the U.S. at a Dallas hospital.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital is on high alert at the remote chance that the Ebola Dr. Larry Leaming, RGH’s chief executive officer, said the hospital is taking steps to prepare for an Ebola case as news of three Ebola cases in Dallas have garnered national attention. Leaming said RGH officials […]

County records 100 years of peanuts

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Photos from the Bradley family will be on display at the 41st Annual Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, John M. Bradley was the first person to plant a peanut crop in the Portales area.

Staff report Peanuts have been a part of the Roosevelt County culture for years, and as the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce learned, they have been in the area for 100 years this year. Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said he was surprised to learn that this year marked 100 years since the first recorded […]

Bank robbery suspects arrested

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Matthew Gonzales, left, and Richard Little

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It took Clovis police barely more than 24 hours to hunt down, arrest and charge two men with Tuesday’s daring daylight armed robbery of U.S. Bank on north Prince Street. The two, Matthew Gonzales, 25, and Richard Little, 59, both of Clovis, were in Curry County jail by Wednesday […]

ENMU students give through tutoring

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Kathleen Donalson with the children at the Inlow Mission Camp in July.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University students are giving back to the community and earning class credit by tutoring kids at the Christian Children’s Home, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and the Bonem House — which provide housing and guidance to children in need. The ENMU student tutors are enrolled […]

Time to watch plants

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Hestands Floral owner Rose Richards shows a chrysanthemum, which adapts to colder temperatures, Tuesday afternoon at the flower shop. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, the first freeze is expected to hit by Nov. 9.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com The first freeze has yet to hit the Portales area, but according to National Weather Service meteorological technician Troy Marshall, it’s right around the corner. Marshall said the average first freeze happens by about Oct. 19, but this year it could be as late as Nov. 9 as the […]

Gunman robs U.S. Bank in Clovis

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask pulled off the second bank robbery in Clovis in less than two years early Tuesday. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robbery of U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., […]

Portales High students to put on show

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Sarah Durand, left, and Ryann Privett  discuss the suspected murderer in “Trifles.” Privett and Durand worked together as doo-op girls last year in the Portales High School theater department’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

By Anna George Staff correspondent On Sept. 14, a tight knit group of student actors at Portales High School began rehearsals for production of two one-act plays. And four weeks into those rehearsals, director Bill Strong said they are really pulling the plays together. “The kids have their characters well-developed and are almost off script,” […]

Taco Bell hoping to open doors this week

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The newly constructed Taco Bell restaurant on West First Street is receiving the finishing touches this week as it is prepared for the first day of business. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the week if state and city inspections are completed in time according to Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC Asset Manager Laura Chacon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After about a six-month delay, Taco Bell is hoping open its doors to the Portales community this week. The restaurant is looking to open for business by Thursday, according to Laura Chacon, asset manager for the restaurant’s parent company, Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC. Chacon said construction got off […]

Eyes on the prize

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Elida Tigers coach Darrell Chenault talks to his team during a timeout against the Floyd Broncos Thursday night. The Tigers defeated the Broncos in three games and have won all 16 games they’ve played this season as they attempt to win a fifth straight state title.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When senior Kenzee Criswell was a freshman, she was pushed into a starting role and expected to be a leader while the Elida Tigers were trying to win their second straight state championship. Now, three years later as a senior, Criswell is following in the footsteps of those before […]

5 things to know about pumpkins

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Just-picked pumpkins at C&T Produce west of Clovis Thursday afternoon. The farm grows pumpkins

 on about 200 acres for distribution to large buyers, and only sells locally at area farmers markets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]