Insights from back of police car

A friend I’ve kept in touch with since our graduate counseling program days recently discussed the manic-depression he’s dealt with for decades. In his depressive states, “Tom” sits around practically unable to function. In his manic states he is “on top of the world with profound truths shooting like meteorites from my head.” His definition […]

Martinez needs to expose details of expenditures

Gov. Susana Martinez has a public-relations problem that could become her political nightmare if she doesn’t come clean on simple records requests. Martinez needs to disclose details of an expensive security detail in 2012 that cost taxpayers more than $33,500 to pay for more than 1,600 hours of overtime worked by state police. And while […]

Electric cooperative celebrates 75 years

Courtesy photos: Robin Inge
A cooperative employee stringing one of the first lines in 1940.

Editor’s note: This is a first in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It’s a service that thousands of Roosevelt County residents depend on, it’s been powering homes for decades, and now Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative celebrates 75 years. It’s a milestone that […]

Jail director shares escape details

Photo courtesy: David Casanova
This metal bunkbed leg was used by inmates Ruben Lozano and Stephen Phillips to break through the ceiling of their jail cell and also the roof of the Roosevelt County detention center to escape from jail.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Oasis guidelines way to safe summer

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Oasis State Park employee Valerie Russ gives a presentation on the park’s wildlife trunk. On the table are different furs, skulls, tracks, and scat of the animals of this area.

Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Oasis State Park has provided summer safety guidelines for our area. This information can help you and your family have a safe, enjoyable summer. All of the following risks are relevant to this area, so keeping yourself and others aware can help everyone be safe. Animal Safety Rattlesnakes […]

Events Calendar — June 30

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 356-5307 Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: […]

Some horses are as good as gold

Some horses are as good as gold. They take care of kids just learning, old cowgirls with osteoporosis, cowboys of any age who should have a designated driver, and homeward bound riders lost in a blizzard. I classify these gold horses in the same category as those equidae who performed routinely heroic duties in the […]

Poverty underlies vacation paradise

Last week, this columnist focused on the natural beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, and its surrounding waters. Today I am remembering another side of that island, a side which I suppose is largely rooted in the slave trade history of this small island. St. Croix is still dotted with sugar mills, […]

Engagements — June 30

Karchner/Mobley Rodney and Tina Karchner of Carlsbad announce the engagement and approaching of marriage of their daughter, Chanley Karchner of Carlsbad, to Wade Mobley of Carlsbad, son of Randy and Kathy Mobley of Portales. The couple will exchange vows July 6, 2013, in Carlsbad. The reception will be at Washington Ranch. The bride-elect is a […]

How to help — June 30

Fallis Local painter David Fallis suffered a serious brain injury. He is hospitalized in Lubbock. The family needs help with expenses. Donations can be made at Western Bank of Clovis the a under account “For David.” For information call Veronica Sandoval at 218-8004.