Portales Police Department’s accreditation first in state

PNT Staff Report By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. It’s a step the Portales Police Department has already taken. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the Clovis […]

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter pointed at a blue van driving down North Oak street in front of their home. “Bless their hearts, they took off after her,” she recalled, describing how, like a flash, […]

Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock after the two had an argument in the early morning hours Thursday. The witness, an employee of a Roswell milk testing company, said he, Brandon Barela and Ronnie Hittson had left a Clovis bar together and, “went to […]

Greyhounds earn series split

Freedom New Mexico Designated hitter Jereme Johnson’s walkoff single capped a three-run seventh inning to help Eastern New Mexico University claim an 11-10 comeback win over Abilene Christian on Sunday at Greyhound Field. The win earned the Greyhounds a split with the conference-leading Wildcats, which grabbed a 7-6 win in the nightcap. The teams split […]

Hounds earn split with Angelo

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University earned its second walkoff win of the weekend against ninth-ranked Angelo State on Saturday. Paden Vendrely drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning and pinch-runner Jeremy Johnson scored from first base when Angelo center fielder Isaac Garcia misplayed Ethan Wagner’s single, giving the Greyhounds […]

Stabbing, shooting on Ross Street

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a stab wound to the neck. Both men live […]

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Johnson-Moreno Robinson Sandra Johnson-Moreno and Oscar H. Robinson, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at the home of Rose and Gary Robbins. Rev. Galen Issaacs performed the Christian ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom W. and Mary Ann Johnson of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of […]

It’s their job: Justin Johnson, Fitness and More Gym owner

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Name: Justin Johnson Job: Owner of Fitness and More Gym Time: Ten months Background: Johnson moved from Raton to Portales to study accounting and business administration at ENMU. He plans to graduate this December. What does your job entail? I usually just try to keep the day-to-day operations going. I keep track of the bookkeeping […]

College business major purchases local fitness center

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Justin Johnson is starting a local business, while wrapping up his education. Johnson, originally from Raton, is the owner of Fitness and More, a gym on the downtown square in Portales. He opened up the newly renovated sweat box in early December. Several years […]

Barbecue can be healthy

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By Liliana Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger meat, use ground turkey,” Johnson suggested. “It’s a lot leaner and is high in protein. You can also get turkey hot dogs.” Johnson is a certified personal trainer in Portales and makes […]

Johnson/Visage engagement

Johnson/Visage Johnny and Sabrina Johnson, of Portales, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kelli Johnson, of Las Cruces, to Eric Visage, of Las Cruces, son of Robert and Lynn Visage of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 17, 2008 at 307 W. 22nd Street in Portales. A reception […]

14th-ranked Abilene Christian handles Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Playing with a short deck, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team gave 14th-ranked Abilene Christian all it wanted for most of Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash. But the Wildcats went on a 16-2 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from senior guard Brandon Callahan, and pulled away […]

Curry County jail officer arrested

By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Dec. 2 Engagement

Johnson/Pritchett Carol Wood of Portales and Robbie Johnson of Indianapolis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Caron Lee Johnson of Portales to Benjamin Franklin Pritchett IV of Portales. He is the son of Roxie Pritchett of Portales and Ben Pritchett III of Halfway, Mo. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. […]

Cameron sweeps Zias

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Fernando Queiroz, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, compiled 14 kills, nine digs and three aces Thursday night to help Cameron hand Eastern New Mexico University a 30-14, 31-29, 30-13 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss. Freshman middle blocker Ruth Johnson added 12 kills for the Aggies (12-13, 5-4 […]

Open government loses proponent

Editorial Sunshine lost a good friend last week. Bob Johnson, who spent the last two decades fighting for the public’s right to know what its government is doing, died in Albuquerque on Saturday after suffering a stroke. He was 84. Johnson helped start the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government in 1989. Media outlets across […]

Bob Johnson, champion of open government, dies at 84

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Robert H. “Bob” Johnson, a champion for open government and a former Associated Press executive who during a 42-year career wrote AP’s first bulletin on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 84. After retiring from the news cooperative in 1988, Johnson […]

Golden Library to host Smithsonian exhibit in 2008

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Key Ingredients: America By Food, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit will arrive in Portales in late February for a six-week stay. The exhibit will be hosted by the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library, Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The exhibit is also […]