Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird PNT senior writer On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was […]

Local student scores align with state results

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. Locally, test scores tell a similar story. Clovis High School students in grades 10-11 saw gains in reading scores […]

An encounter with John Law in California

Paperwork and all the little things that can get you into several hundred dollars worth of trouble; those are things I don’t miss about truck driving. One of my trucking journeys took me to San Diego. After delivering my load I waited two days for another one. In trucking if you’re sitting you’re not making […]

Animals perfect conductors of emotional contagion

It’s downright logical to extend rights to animals, especially when it comes to having the right to a fair shake at living, the right to not be injured maliciously or negligibly — all living creatures inherently deserve such things. Maybe even in certain circumstances there are other rights that are appropriate. But one thing is […]

Breaking news: Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]

Volunteer rarely gets free minute


Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Kellie Bilbrey of Milnesand wears many hats, including that of a volunteer firefighter. As a mother, wife, EMS director at Milnesand Fire Department and a second-grade teacher at Dora Elementary, Kellie […]

ENMU seeks stronger STEM

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Kenwyn Cradock says the demand for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math, widely known as STEM, has had a snowball effect, further driving the need for funding at the education level. Cradock, a project director for the STEM Grant at Eastern New Mexico University and director […]

DOMA ruling sees split locally

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Bill Cathey says he’s not looking forward to the possibility of same-sex couples getting married right here in town at the courthouse. The Roosevelt County commissioner says he was disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Wednesday to kill the Defense of Marriage Act, a law […]

My turn: Kid’s film, junk food make perfect pair

I had a childhood flashback Tuesday night when I watched Rock-a-Doodle with coworker Christina Calloway. We were both having one of those moments of reverting back to childhood when you decide you must eat junk food and watch animated children’s movies. It’s a girl thing. The film is from the early 1990s and is about […]

Police blotter — June 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Wednesday: Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Possible suspicious activity, 1900 block of South Avenue I. • 11:37 a.m.: Identity theft, 1700 block of North Avenue K. • 11:40 a.m.: Officer requested case number, 100 block of South Houston. • 11:50 a.m.: Requested an officer, 100 block of […]