Administrator: Jail will stay on lock-down

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night. Stephen Phillips, 20, who was held on burglary charges, has been captured since the jail break. Ruben Lozano, […]

Escapee drama unfolds close to home

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

U.S. 70: Long road ahead

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A U.S. 70 reconstruction project official says project that has limited access to businesses by reducing the highway to one-lane roads for more than a year is far from being complete. The most recent prediction for an end-date to this $8.3 million project that is said to increase […]

Director: Feral eradication on horizon

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By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]

Fishing in dark not just song, but way of life

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a hit song called “Fishin’ In the Dark” that stirs me toward the nearest body of water every time I hear it. The tune is a love song in which a couple heads out to the river one early summer night without much regard as to whether the fish […]

Some bucket list items require no passport

There is one thing more exciting, more amazing, than snorkeling in clear turquoise Caribbean water, like those we encountered in our trip to St. Croix. That is being privileged to watch young adults who have never done so, who in some cases have never seen the ocean, do so for the first time. There is […]

Creative Living — June 23

Information on wafer-papering cookies, how to protect children from bullying, and ways to cut down on coughs and colds will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Julia Usher is a pastry chef, author and food stylist, and she’s going to demonstrate a speedy way to add impressive cookie […]

Births — June 23

Landers Zariah Izabella Landers was born May 7, 2013, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla., to Crystal and Ben Landers. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Cindy and Sandy Landers of Clovis, Paula Johnson of Orlando and Greg and Susie Bailon of Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa. Great-grandparents are Nora Casaus and Eddie […]

Club notes — June 23

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly program and officer installation meeting on June 10 at Roma’s Italian Restaurant. Members present were: Sylvia Bean, Judith Glikas, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Sherry Turner, LaDean Jameson, Kelly Dunwell, Gaye Cooke, Judy Cox, Glenda Hileman, Patricia Bazar, Emily Nail and Laurie Westerman.  Guests in attendance […]

On the shelves — June 23

The following books are available: Clovis-Carver Public Library Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood by David Holtby exposes the heroes and scoundrels who played important roles in New Mexico’s hard-fought battles on the road to statehood, recounting the complex set of obstacles that delayed the process for sixty-four years. Sleight of Hand by Phillip […]

Senior happenings — June 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo in Clovis; Sewing class 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Portales Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Bingo 1 p.m. Thursday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. […]

Honors — June 23

Pelfrey Elliott Pelfrey of Texico received a $1,500 scholarship awarded by the Cannon Air Force Base Commissary. He will began his freshman year at the University of New Mexico this fall.

Jail boss: Inmates escaped through AC vent in cell

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The two Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who escaped Friday night went through an air conditioning vent in the ceiling of a cell, jail administrator David Casanova said this morning. Casanova said jail video footage shows inmates Ruben Lozano, 42, and Stephen Phillips jumping off the roof at 9:02 p.m. Phillips was captured soon after […]

Jail escapee at large (updated, 12:35 a.m.)

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com One of two inmates who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was still at-large at midnight, according to the Portales chief of police. Area law enforcement agencies were searching for Ruben Lozano, 42, of Portales at press time. Chief Doug Jones said […]

Serial watchers

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Show creator Vince Gilligan, center, directs actors Bryan Cranston, left, in green and Aaron Paul, right, while on location in Albuquerque for the fourth season of AMC's “Breaking Bad” in 2011. The show, entering its sixth season this summer, is a draw for area television fans not only for its character and story development, but for its occasional references to New Mexico culture.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix. Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has […]

McGee: Anyone lose a llama?

I encountered a llama in an open field the other day. Actually it was the local industrial park. I knew it didn’t belong there. I stopped my bicycle. This made the llama prance a bit. I’m glad that’s all it did. Llamas and their kin are known to spit at people. “Well what are you […]

In search of ponies: Dogs may provide help for recovering addicts

Their ability to calm the anxious, sooth the traumatized and break through barriers is well established — leading dogs to be welcomed into classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes and a slew of therapeutic environments. Something about interacting with them miraculously brings out smiles on the faces of people who have plenty of reasons to do anything […]

Curry County commissioner certified

Curry County commissioner Wendell Bostwick earned the designation of New Mexico Certified County Commissioner on Thursday, according to a county release. Bostwick completed 24 classes with New Mexico Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector, as well as a portfolio demonstrating what he learned in these courses. “I took the NM EDGE classes […]

City seeks loan for wastewater plant project

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This aerated pond is one of four at the city’s wastewater plant that treats the city’s used water.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The proposed construction of a new wastewater plant in Portales is necessary to meet state standards and address the city’s growing population, says Public Works Director John DeSha. The city will be applying for a $27 million loan with the New Mexico Environment Department for the construction of […]

Firefighting father faces flames for Floyd

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Volunteer Fireman Keith Nixon shows his son Klayton how to operate a fire truck hose last October at Floyd Elementary School.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of features about volunteer firefighters. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Keith Nixon, 26, of Floyd always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. When he was a child, he would be in awe when the Portales Fire Department would come to his school […]