Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

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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, […]

Kinetic founder Kelsey Prince says group trying to give back to community

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kelsey Prince’s hopes to make her city better, especially the parks she grew up playing in, turned out to be more than a pipe dream. The 19-year-old Portales native said she was hanging with her friends at the city’s skate park, bouncing ideas off one another on ways […]

Airman enjoys laid-back feel of Portales

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Editor’s note: This is the thirdmonthly series of profiles Portales transplants. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Senior Airman Nate Lunders chose Portales over Clovis when he was first stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. “I like the mentality here. It’s a little more relaxed than Clovis. It’s real laid back,” said Lunders, […]

Police raid businesses

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Deputy TJ Gibson wraps glass pipes in newspaper that were confiscated as evidence from a Portales smoke shop on Wednesday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Hundreds of bags of organic herbal potpourri were confiscated from two Portales smoke shops Wednesday by local law enforcement executing search warrants. The search warrants, based on information from a police informant, said police had probable cause to search the smoke shops because they believe the potpourri was […]

Month designated for Hispanic heritage

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing at Eastern New Mexico University. The office of Hispanic Affairs is celebrating this period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. by putting on multiple events on campus that are open to the public. “Our goal is to bring cultural awareness […]

Health seminar leaves questions unanswered

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Local small business owners still had questions after attending a seminar held Tuesday at the Yam Theatre regarding new state health insurance options for small businesses. “I have employees, five of them. We may have to scale back on our operation, as far as the cost,” said […]

Not all students can vote on new stadium

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Only full-time Eastern New Mexico University students will decide the fate of a proposed $8 million football stadium to be built ion campus. But if the vote is successful, all students will share the burden for the next 30 years. Fifty-seven percent of ENMU’s record fall enrollment of […]

Road condition concerns some

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Portales residents have complained about the bump the vehicle pictured here is driving over on Second Street and Avenue E. Citizens have told councilors and other city officials that they felt the bump is a bit high and uneven between lanes.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales City Councilor Dianne Parker said a few of her constituents have noticed areas along First Street that are low and creating puddles when it rains. “The one concern was the last time we had that nice rain, I had one of my constituents text and ask me […]

Q&A: PHS homecoming queen plans career in psychology

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Emiliana Walker was as surprised as anyone when she won Homecoming Queen of Portales High School last week. Her parents are Portales High graduates, and they were as excited as ever their daughter won. Walker sports a 3.6 grade point average, is a […]

Bonds of man and beast

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Man and beast joined forces in the spirit of competition Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s College Daze Rodeo. “Balance is a big thing. You got to keep your feet under you,” said Clay Bonner, a junior at ENMU who competed in calf roping and team roping. […]

Striking a chord

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]

La Casa strikes deal for ENMU health services

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students will no longer have to be referred to Roosevelt General Hospital for medical needs that can’t be taken care of at the school’s clinic as officials finalized a deal to contract medical services from La Casa Family Health Center. The nurse practitioner who […]

Salmonella case at Portales hatchery considered closed

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A New Mexico Department of Health official labeled a nationwide salmonella outbreak connected to a Portales hatchery in August a “case closed.” The department’s Public Information Officer David Morgan said Privett Hatchery, which supplies baby chicks and other live baby poultry, has corrected the issues that linked a […]

Education feature: Class shows students how to take a dive

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by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com This fall at Eastern New Mexico University, exploration is just a dive away as a scuba diving certification course will be available to the public. The class is taught by Mike Hale, who has been holding scuba certification courses at ENMU for the past 11 years. “Mike […]

West Nile Virus cases reported

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CMI staff A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Shaking up business

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Drug shakes town

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Christian Garcia said it will take more than pep rallies to rid his school of synthetic marijuana, its street name known as spice, because it’s popular among students right now. “They have these pep rallies but the ones who are doing it aren’t going to stop because of […]

Q&A: Ex-marine leads police force

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Interim police chief Pat Gallegos has come a long way. Nineteen years ago he had just graduated from Portales High School and was headed to the Marines and now Gallegos is the Interim Chief of Police. With the police department in an uncertain situation after the resignation […]

Aiming for Glory

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Chiefs running back Griffin Hooker, 10, rumbles over Broncos defenders on his way to the goal line.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Grade school students from across Roosevelt County aimed for gridiron glory Saturday as Portales City Sports kicked off their youth tackle football season at the Portales Junior High football field. “I was pretty much born a football fan so I’m ready,” said Alex Cleveland, 9, of the […]

Groundwater discharge hearing set

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dairymen felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give them a platform to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December 2010 […]