Firework sales mark Fourth

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales
Yruegas, 34, counts
inventory at the firework booth on the corner of North Chicago and East Canadian. Yruegas has been running firework stands in
Portales for five years.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Independence Day is upon us, and that means fireworks stands are popping up around the city. Fireworks have long been affiliated with Fourth of July celebrations, and this year the firework vendors of Portales have been doing their part to uphold the tradition. Some have been in […]

Electric cooperative celebrates 75 years

Courtesy photos: Robin Inge
A cooperative employee stringing one of the first lines in 1940.

Editor’s note: This is a first in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer It’s a service that thousands of Roosevelt County residents depend on, it’s been powering homes for decades, and now Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative celebrates 75 years. It’s a milestone that […]

Jail director shares escape details

Photo courtesy: David Casanova
This metal bunkbed leg was used by inmates Ruben Lozano and Stephen Phillips to break through the ceiling of their jail cell and also the roof of the Roosevelt County detention center to escape from jail.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Oasis guidelines way to safe summer

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Oasis State Park employee Valerie Russ gives a presentation on the park’s wildlife trunk. On the table are different furs, skulls, tracks, and scat of the animals of this area.

Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park has provided summer safety guidelines for our area. This information can help you and your family have a safe, enjoyable summer. All of the following risks are relevant to this area, so keeping yourself and others aware can help everyone be safe. Animal Safety Rattlesnakes […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
The men who flew on the MC-130E Combat Talon I when it was the lead aircraft in the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam unveil a commemorative plaque at the plane’s retirement ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Volunteer rarely gets free minute


Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer 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


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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


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


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer 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


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer 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


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer 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


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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


By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer 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

Ruben Lozano

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.)

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 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

MCT photo: Jay L. Clendenin
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 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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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 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 […]