City, college team up

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Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Events Coordinator Robert Graham puts up posters on campus Thursday in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday.  The celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse to Buchanan Hall at ENMU.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University and the city of Portales are teaming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday afternoon. The annual celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse on the square to Buchanan Hall at the ENMU campus, according to ENMU Alumni Events Coordinator […]

Detention center operations under increased scrutiny

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A guard at the Roosevelt County Detention Center works the main security room Tuesday. The facility has 36 cameras, which all can be viewed from this room.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova went through his first walk-through of the facility after being hired in 2010, one thing stood out to him. “The first thing I noticed was that they had butcher knives in the kitchen and there was no accountability for them,” said […]

New county manager talks budget, legislature

Amber Hamilton

Editor’s note: Amber Hamilton became Roosevelt County manager late last year. We asked her about pressing issues: What has been most surprising for you as a new county manager? What did you not expect? This is a great question, and honestly, I think it’s been most surprising to learn the vast responsibilities of the county. […]

To do list — Jan. 18

Monday • MLK march and program — 5 p.m. march starts at Portales courthouse. 6 p.m. program starts at Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: 575-356-8541. • Chamber Ambassador meeting — noon, chamber board room. Information: 575-356-5354. • La Escalera Art Guild meeting — 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Electric Coop, Hospitality Room 121, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 18

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:18 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 4:59 p.m.: verbal domestic, 2300 block San Juan Court • 5:50 p.m.: Domestic report, 1800 block South Avenue I • 10:53 p.m.: Narcotics in […]

On the shelves — Jan. 18

The following books are available for checkout at: Portales Public Library The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg J.B. Collins, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, already knows that al-Qaeda factions are planning on taking down the governments in both Iraq and Syria, but when he hears from one of his sources that ISIS […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

Getting medical help from our furry friends

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies When the days are shorter, the dark is longer and it’s cold outside, avoiding the whole shebang seems like it would be the best thing in the world. It’s easy to see how it would be great to find a nice cozy nook to hide in, hunker down […]

Little helpful man causing trouble

By Grant McGee Local columnist After the big snow the time had come to venture out of The Stucco Hacienda and dig out our vehicles. “I’m gonna go out and clean off the cars,” I announced to The Lady of the House. “OK, remember, just your truck not my car,” said The Lady of the […]

Melrose man convicted on felony sex charges

Staff report David Brown, 55, of Melrose was convicted by a District Court jury in Clovis Friday of third-degree felony charge of criminal sexual penetration, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Brown attacked his 18-year-old victim in December 2010. “The crime was committed when Brown knew that the victim […]

Supreme Court upholds Mitchell’s reappointment

By Steve Hansen Staff writer The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday upheld Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-appointment of Judge Albert Mitchell to preside over the courtrooms of the Tenth Judicial District. The decision was unanimous among the panel of five supreme court justices and court of appeals judges who heard the case, the supreme court […]

Volunteer gifts labor of love

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By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Community Services Center in Portales will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. today by taking homemade blankets to residents in need of warmth. The blankets are handmade by volunteers who are senior citizens; they will be given to other seniors. “We cater to people 55 and over who […]

County maps plan to cut deficit

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Roosevelt County department and office heads met with county commissioners Thursday morning to discuss areas they can cut back in their budgets to help the county out of its $8,000 deficit.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission on Thursday mapped out a plan to reduce its $800,000 budget deficit by half, but still needs to find more places to cut. The amount the county is in deficit recently rose from $500,000 to $800,000 as administration officials discovered more incorrectly budgeted items scattered […]

To do list — Jan. 16

Today • Blankets to Those in Need — 1 p.m., Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way. The center is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by taking homemade blankets to Portales residents in need of warmth. Information: 356-8577. Monday • MLK march and program — 5 p.m. march starts at Portales courthouse. 6 p.m. program starts […]

Jail log — Jan. 16

Jail Log As of 7 a.m. Thursday Released in the past 24 hours: • Christopher Arias, 23, on bond • Grady Beachum, 23, time served • Juwan Gallo, 20, court order • Steven Gonzalez Jr. 28, court order • Ramiro Madrid 30, time served • Donald Martinez, 43, on bond • Shane Douglas McNicoll, 24, […]

Chamber board to fill two vacant positions

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Two Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive committee members have resigned, but their reasons were not made clear. Ron Jackson and Megan Hamilton, two of the three executive committee members who approached Executive Director Karl Terry for his resignation earlier this month, stepped down from the chamber board Wednesday. […]

No charges pending in fatal crash

Staff report The driver of the semi-truck involved in Sunday’s fatal crash north of Clovis is recovering at home, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said on Thursday. “Mr. (Carlos) Valle has been released from the hospital, and it’s my understanding he’s back at home here in Clovis,” Waller said. Valle, 51, was initially identified as […]

Police training goes online

Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart takes a test Wednesday morning on the department’s new online training system, V-Academy.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Portales Police Department has cut its spending costs for training by more than half by embracing modern technology, according to department officials. Public Information Officer Detective Charlie Smart said Portales police officers are getting re-certification training through an online program called V-Academy, which reduces the time dedicated to […]

MainStreet on its own once more

Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Portales MainStreet Program is once again its own entity, separating from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce for the second time in just over a year. The positions of chamber of commerce promotions coordinator and the MainStreet executive director were combined into a one-person job about a year ago. […]

Police blotter — Jan. 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 3:49 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 300 block South Avenue D • 8:07 a.m.: Theft report, 1400 block South Avenue D • 1:08 p.m.: Hit and run, 600 block West 17th Lane • 2:11 […]