Detention center officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Monday, charged with sneaking marijuana and tobacco into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Raul Lopez, 23, told investigators he was having financial problems and when an inmate offered him to pay to smuggle in the contraband, according […]

Fire substation could be on horizon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors discussed the feasibility of adding a fire substation on the north side of Portales and the possibility of expanding the law enforcement center at Tuesday’s meeting. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez addressed councilors on the topics, saying he had received several calls from people in North […]

Couple honored with road naming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez. Killed in an auto accident last year, the Portales dairyowners are being honored with a sign bearing their name on the road to the Southwest Cheese plant. Turning […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Transit system steers toward more business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales city councilor raised questions this week about whether the Portales Area Transit system is being marketed well enough. Councilor Jake Lopez said he knew of a resident who had recently walked to La Casa Health Center with a baby in arms for a doctor’s appointment. When he […]

Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring […]

Officials debate substation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Representatives from the city and the county discussed the advantages that an emergency services substation could bring to the north side of Portales. Currently this area is not covered by emergency services and various factors have caused delay in emergency response time. The two major factors contributed to the […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]

City Council reviews projects

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council got a rundown from staff at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s capital project needs that total roughly $6.2 million, with the lion’s share coming in street improvements. “We’re looking tonight to get a finalized listing of what you want us to get bids on,” City Manager […]

Rams host Rattlers for homecoming game

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram head coach Andy Correll wants the Rams to “stop stopping themselves.” They’ll have that opportunity tonight, as the Rams (1-3) host the Tucumcari Rattlers (1-4) for Portales’ homecoming game, 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium. The Rams’ defensive focus will be centered on Tucumcari senior running back Brian […]