Pages past — May 19

On this date … 1976: Funding and instructors were in place; the only thing holding up the start of a DWI school in eastern New Mexico was lack of students. Michael McGinnis, designated to head the school in Clovis, said students had to come from courts that made DWI school a condition of retaining a […]

Lubbock man arrested for fatal crash in March

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Lubbock man was arrested Wednesday morning regarding a fatal vehicle crash that occurred in Portales in March. Jerry Nale, 18, was the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash, which occurred in the early morning hours of March 29 in Portales. Three people were in the […]

Q&A: Air Force Secretary visits Cannon

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James takes time Tuesday afternoon at Cannon AFB to answers a few questions from the media during her visit.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. She agreed to a short interview before an aerial tour of the facilities. Can you tell us about your mission here? What do you want to see? What have you seen already? Well, this is my first trip to Cannon Air […]

Q&A: ENMU student to return as officer

Saina

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of stories on local police officers for National Law Enforcement Week. The Eastern New Mexico University Police Department is set to get one of their officers back from the state this week. Elijah Saina, 28, a criminal justice graduate from ENMU, is set to graduate […]

Elida mayor requests funding for fire department

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com At Tuesday morning’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Elida Mayor Durward Dixon expressed concern over the county funding given to the Elida Fire Department. Last year, the budget decreased from $6,700 to $3,500, according to Dixon, who pointed out that this year’s budget proposal is set to decrease the amount […]

Pages past — May 18

On this date … 1966: A motorbike belonging to Clovis’ Guy Yarborough was found in Fort Sumner. The bike had been stolen from Marshall Junior High, officials said. Two juveniles were being held in connection with the theft. 1961: Several practice bombs had recently been accidentally released by F-100s in the vicinity of Cannon Air […]

To do list — May 18

Today • Maypole dress rehearsal — 6 p.m. for video, 8 p.m. for photos at Ram Athletic Center. Information: 575-356-7000 • Child Find pre-screening clinic — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at House schools. For children birth to age 5. Information: 575-279-7353 Thursday • Maypole event — 8 p.m. at Ram Athletic Center. Information: 575-356-7000 • Bennett’s […]

Man faces additional charges after attempted escape

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Portales man is facing additional charges after an attempted escape from Roosevelt County Detention Center. An arraignment hearing was held Monday morning for Anthony Ortega, 28, on charges of aggravated battery, disarming a peace officer and resisting, evading an officer. Ortega was arrested April 11 after allegedly battering […]

Two arrested in burglary

Staff report Two Portales men were arrested last week for allegedly burglarizing two local businesses. Doro Romero, 20, and Daniel Munoz, 19, were arrested Friday after Romero admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he had stolen a vehicle from one local business and broken into another one. After a red pickup truck was stolen from a […]

To do list — May 17

Today • Valencia Elementary violin recital — 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Child Find pre-screening clinic — 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for last name A-L, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. for last names M-Z at Logan schools. For children birth to age 5. Information: 575-487-2252 • Portales City Council meeting — […]

Police blotter — May 17

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 8:47 a.m.: Battery, 700 block East Third Street, report taken • 8:53 a.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block South Avenue A, report taken • 11:40 a.m.: Fraud, 1700 block North Boston Street • 11:50 a.m.: Theft, 1300 block […]

Family starting local winery

Staff photo: Anna George
Joe Archuleta, a “jack-of-all-trades among Max Merrick’s employees, files down the poles at the beginning and end of the Enchantment Vineyard rows on Monday. He said this allows them to fit caps on top to prevent rust within the poles.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com At today’s Portales City Council meeting, city councilors are set to decide when a new Portales vineyard can start producing wine. Max Merrick and his daughter, Megan Hamilton, enjoyed a walk on their five-acre family grape farm Monday morning as they talked of their excitement over the prospect of […]

Elida seniors take stage

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Hannah Bilbrey gives her valedictorian speech Saturday evening at Elida High School graduation. Bilbrey talked to her fellow graduates about overcoming fears and letting God guide your life.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Elida High School’s senior class took the stage Saturday evening to receive their diplomas before their friends, family and faculty. According to guest speaker Shannon Norris, of the Department of Agriculture, graduation is an opportunity for the students to strive for continued success in the future. “If God created […]

Local roundup — May 17

University to host trainings Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting two training courses in May: The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) instructor training course and a management and personnel styles training course. The ALICE course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 and 24 at the Jack Williamson Liberal […]

Pages past — May 17

On this date … 1971: A nationwide Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen union railroad strike had failed to halt freight services in Clovis. Picket lines sprang up at Clovis’ Santa Fe rail yards at 6 a.m., and railroad officials said 500 to 700 local workers were involved. The railroad continued to move freight with “supervisory personnel,” […]

Real estate season in bloom

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The spring season is in full bloom — and apparently so is real estate. Both national and local trends show it’s a seller’s market this time of year, as the demand for homes proves to be higher during late spring to early summer. Many companies like The Huffington Post, […]

Looking to the future

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Cassidy Dogherty of Melrose, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism, receives her degree at Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 spring commencement on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday morning, Eastern New Mexico University celebrated its largest commencement ceremony yet, with over 1,100 students graduating, according to President Steven Gamble. After presenting faculty with awards and recognizing retirees, Gamble introduced commencement speaker Gary Tonjes. Tonjes, a 1978 graduate of ENMU himself, is the current president of […]

Dora graduates looking forward

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Dora High School senior Lindsey Fletcher, right, accepts her Salutatorian Award Saturday afternoon before giving her speech at the Dora High graduation. See more graduation photos on page 3B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Focus was the theme of the day for guest speaker Caleb Gustin at the Dora High School graduation Saturday. Gustin opened his speech by telling audience members and graduates to hold out their hands, then turn them upside down with thumbs pointed out, then cross them and hook their […]

Pages past — May 15

On this date … 1956: A Ninth District Court jury found two men innocent of providing alcohol to a 15-year-old girl. Testimony showed the girl had passed out from drunkenness at a west-side Clovis skating rink. The girl testified the men had given her a Coke to drink and that the men had whiskey, but […]

To do list — May 15

Today • Rise Above Republic concert — 4 p.m. at Lindsey Park. Truth 2 the Streets Tour. Information: 575-562-1011, AnnaMaria Short Monday • Child Find pre-screening clinic — 9 a.m.-noon at Melrose schools. For children birth to age 5. Information: 575-253-4266 Tuesday • Valencia Elementary violin recital — 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. […]