Jail escapee remains at-large


By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood PNT staff writers ccalloway@pntonline.com and enorwood@pntonline.com Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and […]

Manager: Airport sees uptick in fuel sales, traffic

By Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Planes like this one pay hangar rent to the Portales Municipal Airport, one of the main sources of income.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Operations at the Portales Municipal Airport are looking up, according to operations manager Mike Parkey. “We’ve seen one of our largest months ever as far as I can remember this past May,” said Parkey, referring to fuel sales. Parkey said there has been a definite uptick in […]

Students: Stadium election about giving back

ENMU: Courtesy photo
Students will vote whether to support this proposed Eastern New Mexico University football stadium from Wednesday to Friday. Students are being asked to pay half of the $8 million cost.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Full-time Eastern New Mexico University students planning to vote in favor of a proposed $8 million football stadium say it’s about giving something to the community that will go beyond benefiting them. The election will be held online Wednesday to Friday. “It would attract more of an on-campus […]

The one and only Diesel Dawn

It’s been said, “Free advice is always worth more than advice you have to pay for.” Barb said she remembered a time when farmers used what we call today “alternative medicine” on themselves and their animals. They had lots of uncles, medicine men and quacks to seek advice from. One gave himself a cow dose […]

Q&A: Health insurance marketplace enrollment begins Tuesday

Enrollment for enhanced Medicaid and the health insurance marketplace under the federal Affordable Care Act starts Oct. 1. New Mexico is participating and has set up a state marketplace, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, through which qualifying individuals, families and small businesses receive health insurance benefits from a variety of established health insurance providers. […]

Road Construction — Sept. 29

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Clovis North/South traffic on Martin Luther King Driver is closed from the main PRMC entrance to approximately 300 feet south of the intersection with 21st Street. Primary access to the hospital during all construction phases of the project will be on 21st Street. The public is […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

Robert Claudio

CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Dexter hands Rams first setback

CMI staff DEXTER — The Dexter Demons dominated early and never let up Friday night. Dexter opened a 21-point lead before Portales High broke through in the second quarter, and the Demons never looked back in a 46-13 rout of the previously unbeaten Rams. Dexter, ranked fourth in Class 2A, improved to 4-1 for the […]

Cats fall at Rio Rancho despite eight TDs for Cass

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Kamal Cass turns the corner against Rio Rancho defender Brady Patterson in the first quarter of Friday night’s game at Rio Rancho. Cass rushed for 343 yards and seven touchdowns, and added a touchdown reception in the 62-59 overtime defeat.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — It was a night of sevens that just didn’t work out for the Clovis Wildcats and Kamal Cass. With a school record seven rushing touchdowns already in hand, the Wildcat senior helped Clovis force overtime in the final minute Friday night at Rio Rancho. But […]

Friday area prep football summaries — Sept. 27

Fort Sumner 21, Tucumcari 6 • Records: Tucumcari 1-3, Fort Sumner 3-2 • Difference: The Foxes played a bend-but-not-break defense. They allowed 15 first downs and 265 total yards, but only one score. • Difference-makers: Tucumcari, Javier Villanueva caught three passes for 65 yards. Fort Sumner, Michael Giannini rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries, […]

PHS squads lose at Santa Fe Prep

CMI staff SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins turned the tables on Portales on Friday. The Rams posted a 2-1 District 2/1A-3A boys soccer win over Santa Fe Prep at home last Saturday. In Friday’s rematch, though, the Blue Griffins posted a 3-0 victory. “They were missing two or three players last […]

Cats, Lady Cats fall to tourney hosts

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — It was a rough day for Clovis High’s soccer teams against the host school in the Sandia Prep tournament. The girls dropped a 4-0 decision to the Sundevils, then the boys were handed an 8-1 shellacking. Both Clovis teams play for third place today. The Lady Wildcats (7-4) take on Moriarty […]

Hounds set to do battle with former league rival

CMI staff After spending three seasons in the Lone Star Conference, Incarnate Word is in the process of transitioning to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), or the lower half of Division I. Suffice it to say, it’s a process. Like fellow former LSC member Abilene Christian, the Cardinals (2-2) had trouble putting a schedule together […]

ENMU will honor eight during homecoming

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University has been part of B.B. Lee’s life for the better part of six decades. Graduating from ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1952 and a master’s degree in 1957, Lees later went on to coach football, baseball, track, tennis and golf, and serve as […]

Award offered for bomb info

CMI staff The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the construction and delivery of six destructive devices recovered in the Roswell and Clovis areas. ATF is requesting that anyone that has any […]

Whatever you do, don’t feed the mosquitoes

By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist When did the hummingbirds start biting? It’s a flickering thought that comes seconds before it becomes clear that the thing attached to your arm is actually a prehistoric-sized mosquito. It’s just a simple fact of life, things prosper when it rains — and that includes the bloodsuckers. So while it […]

Yelling at TV might be hard habit to break

By Grant McGee CMI columnist Do you yell at the TV? Well, I’m not allowed to do that anymore at The Stucco Hacienda. It’s not a law or anything, it’s a courtesy to The Lady of the House. It all came out in a conversation the other day. “Now I’m going to watch this new […]

Guns, cash, meth are seized from a Portales home

The Associated Press PORTALES — Authorities say they have seized guns, cash and $98,000 worth of methamphetamine after serving a search warrant at a Portales home. Agents with the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and a regional task force executed a narcotic search warrant Thursday. They reported seizing more than two pounds of methamphetamine, […]

Ruck march kicks off POW/MIA week

By Senior Airman Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing kicked off Prisoner of War/Missing In Action week with a ruck march Sept. 16 at Cannon Air Force Base. Remembering those who have come before is a long-lasting tradition in the military. Members of Cannon took time from their […]

Cannon remembers

By Senior Airman Whitney Tucker 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Local veterans and Air Commandos stood at attention as the familiar notes of the national anthem reverberated through a loudspeaker, enveloping the assembly as it has for more than 230 years, and signifying the commencement of a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action retreat ceremony […]