Candidates talk goals, challenges

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Christina Calloway Portales municipal candidates agreed the issues facing the city aren’t limited to the individual wards they want to represent. This sentiment was in response to questions asked in a live candidate forum held by local radio station KSEL-FM Thursday evening. The forum was moderated by KSEL News Director Kevin Robbins, who asked the […]

CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: l The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. […]

ENMU facing Angelo State in Clovis

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Lone Star Conference basketball is coming to The Rock tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams welcome Angelo State to Rock Staubus Gym for a Lone Star Conference doubleheader, beginning with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. ENMU men’s coach Andrew Helton said the games were originally scheduled for San Angelo, […]

Clovis men facing felony charge for wire thefts

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday said the arrests of two Clovis men ends a string of thefts from local farmers that began in June. Dustin Martin, 35, and Lyle Gant, 57, are each charged with three third-degree felony counts of larceny, two fourth-degree felony counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of larceny. They […]

Portales teen facing burglary charges

A 16-year-old Portales boy has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to Portales Police reports: • About 2:30 a.m. Friday, an officer responded to a report of an auto burglary in progress in the 200 block of North Indio Avenue. • En route, the officer was told the vehicle owner […]

HALT Act just another ploy to garner votes

Freedom New Mexico With so many problems facing our government, it appears that many politicians plan to base campaigns on immigration, just as they have for the past 12 years. That’s unfortunate for those on the border who have been waiting, and hoping, for substantive action on the issue for all that time. As long […]

Elida mayor facing felony charge

Freedom New Mexico Elida Mayor Durward Dixon, 45, has been charged in what Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officials described as a domestic dispute with his girlfriend June 25 at their home. Dixon, arrested July 2, is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and four misdemeanors — battery against a household member, interference with communications, negligent […]

Tucumcari woman facing burglary charge

PNT Staff Reports A Tucumcari woman has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, after two men said they caught her in the act. Beth Olguin-Romero, 19, of Tucumcari is charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to police reports: • Officers were sent to the 700 block of West 18th Street about 3:40 a.m. […]

Portales man facing burglary charge

PNT Reports A Portales man is accused of burglarizing an acquaintance’s house and attacking the victim on the way out. Manuel Duran, 49, is charged with aggravated burglary, a third-degree felony, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers were called to the 500 block of […]

Portales man facing felony charges

Freedom New Mexico After a short chase, a Portales man was arrested Friday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender and resisting arrest, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Covington, 43, was apprehended near South Roosevelt Road 5 Lane and South Roosevelt Road U about 11:30 a.m., according to a […]

Now facing shortage of pitchmen

Kevin Wilson We’re coming to a shortage in this country. We should have seen it coming, but it may be too late now. Fossil fuels? No, I’m talking about pitchmen. The small group of informercial celebrities just got smaller this weekend, with the passing of fitness guru Jack LaLanne, a man who, at 96, on […]

Elida, Texico face loss of grant money

Argen Duncan The towns of Elida and Texico are facing the loss of grant money, and further stalling on key projects, and town representatives are blaming what they say are unreasonable requirements from the New Mexico Environment Department. If the towns can’t meet state requirements due to the loss of the money to finish the […]

Student facing felony charge for bringing knife to school

A Portales High School student accused of carrying a knife to school is facing a felony charge. According to Portales police records, officers were requested at Lindsey/Steiner Elementary around 7:55 a.m. Thursday on a complaint about an unruly student on Bus 20. According to police reports: • Officers discovered a 16-year-old female had a knife […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug charges. Larry Martinez, 36, […]

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

State facing foster home shortage

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ten years of being foster parents in Nebraska wasn’t enough for the Stacys. Four months ago, the couple became foster parents again in Clovis, filling a need every community deals with, Marti Stacy said. Stacy said the couple learned from a friend that the area was short on foster […]

Portales man facing felony drug charges

A Portales man faces a felony charge of intent to traffic methamphetamine, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office news release. Javier Prado, 33, of Portales was arrested on May 9 after a search warrant was executed at 792 Roosevelt Rd. S 1/2. Officers reported they found a .45-caliber handgun, digital scales and plastic bags […]

New tax fails to pass

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is no longer facing a new gross receipts tax. The proposed sales tax of 6 cents on every $100 died for lack of a motion at the County Commission meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. The tax would have helped fund indigent health care. No members of […]

Guest Column: Ute Water Pipeline vital for future

By David Lansford The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Pipeline Project, is the most important issue facing the communities of Curry and Roosevelt counties.