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 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

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 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

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 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

Keith Nixon: Courtesy Photo
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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
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

Jack Carpenter
Represents Tom Udall, D-N.M.

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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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 […]

Portales celebrates its heritage

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Citizens from throughout Roosevelt County converge to observe the 29th annual Heritage Days celebration.

By Eric Norwood Jr. Portales News-Tribune enorwood@pntonline.com A second night of rain didn’t deter the citizens of Roosevelt County as residents lined down up and down 18th street early in the morning in anticipation of the 29th annual Heritage Days parade. Excited children sat roadside eagerly awaiting the parade and all that comes with it, […]

Father shares rodeo with son


Teen says his confidence and strength to compete in rodeo from from father’s support By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Joshua Walker knows that when he’s astride his horse, ready to dominate in tie-down roping, he can look back and his father will be there. It’s something he can count on because is father […]

Dishonor in the ranks


Police chief says he knows he inherited problems; working hard to fix them By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One evening in January, a Wal-Mart employee alleged uniformed Portales Police Officer Fred Hamner walked up to her and  unzipped her jacket. She gave investigators this account of what happened next: “(Hamner) says he has […]

Photos link to past


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jeanette Pitcher says the buffalo grass grew freely in New Mexico during the early 1900s, well at least that’s a tale she heard passed down from her ancestors who homesteaded in Elida. Pitcher, who lives in Oregon and is a native of Artesia, has collected photos that she […]

Community comes together to help victims of thunderstorm

Eric Norwood Jr: Portales News-Tribune
From left, Patrick Rogers, Ben Pritchett, Will Fair and Aaron Goodwin begin repairs to the roof of Ben Pritchett’s house on Wednesday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Floyd residents Ben and Roxie Pritchett are recipients of community goodwill, as family, neighbors and friends banded together this week to help rebuild their home damaged in last Friday’s storm. A volunteer workforce of 27 people arrived early at the Pritchett’s that following Saturday, not counting the […]

Tradition is underlying theme of Heritage Days

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Heritage Days organizers Sandy Van der Veen, left, and Karl Terry test the children’s carnival games for Saturday’s celebrations.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Tradition is an underlying theme of Heritage Days celebrations in Portales and this year one tradition has returned to the Heritage Days parade; the presence of the Portales High School Marching Band. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said it’s been seven years since the band […]

Blackwater Draw site hosts archaeology students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Meng Zhang, a Chinese archaeological student studying at University of New Mexico, water screens soil to find any fragments that weren’t discovered during excavation.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The sun beat down on Emily Jones as she crouched down to dust off the area she just excavated. It was almost quitting time for a snack, but Jones didn’t let the searing 90-degree heat bother her Wednesday because she was still feeding off the energy she got […]

Rumors spark police training

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales police officers practice firing their guns while moving toward their target Tuesday at a gun range southeast of Portales. The exercise was part of a special response team training.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Knees bent and backs curved, the officers walked forward and fired their guns in unison at their target. The eight Portales police officers were in training Tuesday at a city-owned shooting range just southeast of town to become a special response team. The team was receiving techniques to […]