Supreme court agrees to hear judge arguments

Staff report The state supreme court will hear arguments Dec. 4 in a request for a writ that would prevent Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from staying on the bench after failing to be retained by voters in the Nov. 4 general election. The request was filed by a committee that advocated Mitchell’s ouster […]

Tolar explosion marker unveiled

DEREK MAJOR: Staff photo

Tom Drake, the coordinator of the New Mexico historical marker program, gives a speech during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tolar historical marker

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Dennis Wynn had a personal reason for being at Friday’s unveiling of a historical marker that commemorates a train accident that leveled the town of Tolar almost 70 years ago. On Nov. 30, 1944, his grandfather was the conductor of an 81-car World War II freight train that was […]

Be careful but include pooch in feast

Sharna Johnson CMI Columnist Slivers of turkey covered in gravy, potatoes, green beans, corn, bread, cranberry sauce and much, much more — it’s almost here. It takes time and effort to get through the planning, shopping, preparation, cooking and presentation, but when the forks are in hand and the signal is given to chow, time […]

Not everybody has some place to go on Thanksgiving

Grant McGee CMI Columnist Thanksgiving is up ahead. It’s a good time to get together with family and friends and spread the love, even though we all know spending time with family over the holidays can get weird quickly. But sometimes there are folks who don’t have any family or friends to hang with. I […]

ALCO stores will close Dec. 4, according to website

Staff report All ALCO Stores, Inc., including outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, will close their doors on Dec. 4, according to an advertisement on the home page of the ALCO Stores website Friday. All merchandise is on liquidation sale, the advertisement said, and store hours will remain unchanged. The ALCO store in Tucumcari displayed a […]

Pages Past: Nov. 22

On this date … 1975: Clovis High School band members harvested sugar beets to help fund a December trip to Los Angeles. Officials with New Mexico State University Plains Experiment Station north of Clovis invited students to top and load an estimated 12 to 15 tons of excess beets, worth about $40 a ton. 1971: […]

Former Clovis landmark restaurant building destroyed in fire

Staff photo: D'Nieka Hartsfield
A Clovis Fire Department spokesman said the fire had been extinguished by late afternoon but smoldering was expected to continue into Saturday

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com The former Guadalajara restaurant building, a landmark for decades on La Casillas Boulevard in west Clovis near the railroad tracks, was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. Firefighters were called to the blaze about 7:45 a.m. Flames could still be seen at 10 a.m. and firefighters were expected to […]

Police locate ‘persons of interest’ in Clovis homicide

Staff report Clovis police have taken two “persons of interest” into custody in connection with the Nov. 9 slaying of a Clovis mom. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said police at 4:50 p.m. Friday brought Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, into custody “for questioning only” after receiving an anonymous tip. The pair were located […]

Construction on wastewater treatment plant in full swing

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
 Workers coat the walls of the treatment train in Xypez on Wednesday afternoon. DeSha said the coating prevents water from seeping into the concrete and bleeding into other treatment units.

Staff report Construction is moving along smoothly at the city of Portales’ new $16.4 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center, according to Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said the plant is set for completion in September and has a life expectancy of more than 80 years. The plant will clean wastewater using micro […]

Water utility board in negotiations with executive director candidate

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board announced Thursday it is entering negotiations with James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, for the authority’s executive director position. “We’re excited to bring him onboard if everything checks out. We believe it’s definitely time to bring our own employee on …. He […]

Homicide tips reward climbs to $15,000

Staff report Curry County Crime Stoppers and an anonymous group of area citizens have combined to offer $15,000 as reward money in hopes of solving Clovis’ most recent homicide. The cash is for information that leads to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for the Nov. 9 stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri, said […]

Winter time to tend to cattle herd

  Winter approaches quickly. Hopefully, all the peanuts and milo have been harvested, the hay cut and maybe even baled, the wheat planted and grown to a good stand, all the farming ready for what one hopes will be a wet winter. As the daily demands of farming slow slightly from the normally busy rhythm, […]

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Well, as Mr. Rogers used to remind us so well, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood … It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood …” Aye, and so it is. It’s cold and clear, still and beautiful. An inch or so of white stuff blankets the ground. The sun […]

Hints on making homemade fruit fly trap

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist In the past, I never considered fruit flies to be a problem in our home. Afterall, any animal restricted to a fruit diet has to be harmless. That is not the case for houseflies and their kin. They eat everything. They must remain outside our home. Now here is an […]

Petition started to keep KENW on air in Albuquerque

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Eastern New Mexico University junior Manuel Benally gives a rundown of local weather during KENW News 3’s 5 o’clock news broadcast Thursday evening at the KENW station.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pnonline.com Satellite television customers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and western New Mexico will not receive KENW-TV, a New Mexico affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service, starting next year. KENW was notified in September that due to FCC regulations, after Dec. 31, Dish Network and DirecTV will no longer carry the […]

Playoff football pairings

(Records in parentheses) Class 6A Quarterfinals Friday   Las Cruces High (6-5) at Rio Rancho (10-0, 7 p.m. Onate (8-3) at La Cueva (7-2), 7 p.m. Clovis (6-5) at Mayfield (9-1), 7 p.m. Saturday  Cibola (6-4) at Eldorado (9-1), 1 p.m. Semifinals Nov. 28-29 winner Onate-La Cueva winner vs. Clovis-Mayfield winner Championship Dec. 5-6 Semifinal winners Class […]

Cold-shooting Hounds fall at Fort Lewis

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University hoisted 84 shots, 19 more than Fort Lewis. The Sky Hawks were much more accurate though, shooting nearly 62 percent from the field en route to a 104-72 romp Thursday in a non-coference men’s tilt. Center Alex Herrera led a balanced attack with 21 points and […]

Rams face tough test

11-21 ram fball

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In a battle of a high-scoring offense versus a stingy defense, Portales faces Silver in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Silver City. The third-seeded Colts (7-3) haven’t allowed more than 17 points in a single game this season. In their last five games, all wins, the […]

Tod do list — Nov. 21

Today • Almost Maine production — 7 p.m., ENMU studio theater. Admission: free for ENMU students, $5 general public. Information: Shirlene Peters 575-562-2711. Saturday • Almost Maine production — 7 p.m., ENMU studio theater. Admission: free for ENMU students, $5 general public. Information: Shirlene Peters 575-562-2711. Operation Meltyerfaceoff Concert — 7 p.m., tickets $10, featuring […]

Police blotter — Nov. 21

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 10:53 a.m.: Larceny, 700 block East Third Street • 11:24: a.m.: Assault report, 1900 block South Avenue I • 1:52 p.m.: Criminal damage, 600 block South Main Avenue • 10:05 p.m.: Burglary report, […]