Volunteer rarely gets free minute

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com 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 […]

Councilor: Park upkeep uneven

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com 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

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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. […]

Farmers market starts Monday for Portales

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By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Q&A — Theatre grad helps college hopefuls

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Briana Pilon, 23, is an Upward Bound instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. Upward Bound is a program designed to help underprivileged students enroll and graduate from college. It is a federally funded program that has been at ENMU since 1966. Pilon is a Los Alamos native […]

Records: Escapee had tried to flee before

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the jail’s […]

Kids’ College makes learning active endeavor

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Most children don’t get to college until they’re 18. However, the Kids’ College program at Eastern New Mexico University provides children the opportunity to not only stay active during the summer, but experience fun and educational activities on a real college campus. Kids’ College is an annual […]

Administrator: Jail will stay on lock-down

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night. Stephen Phillips, 20, who was held on burglary charges, has been captured since the jail break. Ruben Lozano, […]

Escapee drama unfolds close to home

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

U.S. 70: Long road ahead

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A U.S. 70 reconstruction project official says project that has limited access to businesses by reducing the highway to one-lane roads for more than a year is far from being complete. The most recent prediction for an end-date to this $8.3 million project that is said to increase […]

Director: Feral eradication on horizon

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By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]

Jail boss: Inmates escaped through AC vent in cell

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The two Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who escaped Friday night went through an air conditioning vent in the ceiling of a cell, jail administrator David Casanova said this morning. Casanova said jail video footage shows inmates Ruben Lozano, 42, and Stephen Phillips jumping off the roof at 9:02 p.m. Phillips was captured soon after […]

Jail escapee at large (updated, 12:35 a.m.)

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com One of two inmates who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was still at-large at midnight, according to the Portales chief of police. Area law enforcement agencies were searching for Ruben Lozano, 42, of Portales at press time. Chief Doug Jones said […]

Serial watchers

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Show creator Vince Gilligan, center, directs actors Bryan Cranston, left, in green and Aaron Paul, right, while on location in Albuquerque for the fourth season of AMC's “Breaking Bad” in 2011. The show, entering its sixth season this summer, is a draw for area television fans not only for its character and story development, but for its occasional references to New Mexico culture.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix. Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has […]

City seeks loan for wastewater plant project

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This aerated pond is one of four at the city’s wastewater plant that treats the city’s used water.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The proposed construction of a new wastewater plant in Portales is necessary to meet state standards and address the city’s growing population, says Public Works Director John DeSha. The city will be applying for a $27 million loan with the New Mexico Environment Department for the construction of […]

Firefighting father faces flames for Floyd

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Volunteer Fireman Keith Nixon shows his son Klayton how to operate a fire truck hose last October at Floyd Elementary School.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of features about volunteer firefighters. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Keith Nixon, 26, of Floyd always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. When he was a child, he would be in awe when the Portales Fire Department would come to his school […]

CEO: Clinic expansion creates new space

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Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming talked about the hospital’s expansion and growth at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon Thursday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming talked about an updated hospital information system, among other improvements the hospital plans to make as it continues to grow at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday. Leaming spoke enthusiastically about the growth the hospital has had since reopening […]

Tall order at pool

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The baby pool at the Portales City Pool has a maximum height limit of 44 inches because of the slides. The height limit has created an issue for Portales resident Elly Marez, who says her 5-year-old granddaughter is too tall for the baby pool.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Elly Marez said she won’t be returning to the Portales City Pool until the city changes the rules of accessibility to the baby pool, an issue she describes as height discrimination. Marez, a grandmother and Portales resident, says she took her two granddaughters, ages 5 and 18 months, […]

Q&A: Carpenter comes home

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Jack Carpenter, a 23-year-old field representative for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., works at the senator’s new office at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The 2008 Clovis High School graduate has returned to the eastern New Mexico community after attaining a bachelor’s degree at New Mexico […]

Adopt-a-Flower Pot program is effort to beautify downtown

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Fern Goodson of Bar G Western waters the flowers outside of her store Tuesday on West Second Street. Bar G is one of the MainStreet businesses participating in the Adopt-a-Flower Pot program.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van der Veen and Portales Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste want to brighten up the downtown area with splashes of purple and green. In an effort to beautify downtown, Portales MainStreet businesses will be recipients of New Mexico Clean and Beautiful funds, which will go […]