Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

County maps plan to cut deficit

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Roosevelt County department and office heads met with county commissioners Thursday morning to discuss areas they can cut back in their budgets to help the county out of its $8,000 deficit.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission on Thursday mapped out a plan to reduce its $800,000 budget deficit by half, but still needs to find more places to cut. The amount the county is in deficit recently rose from $500,000 to $800,000 as administration officials discovered more incorrectly budgeted items scattered […]

Police training goes online

Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart takes a test Wednesday morning on the department’s new online training system, V-Academy.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Portales Police Department has cut its spending costs for training by more than half by embracing modern technology, according to department officials. Public Information Officer Detective Charlie Smart said Portales police officers are getting re-certification training through an online program called V-Academy, which reduces the time dedicated to […]

Elida basketball coach remembered

J.D. Isler returned to coaching this season in Elida.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]

Basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident

CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks
J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

Staff report Longtime area basketball coach J.D. Isler was killed Sunday afternoon in an auto accident north of Clovis. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release that Isler, driving a 2013 Dodge pickup, was traveling south on NM 209 when his vehicle crossed left of center and struck a northbound 2015 Volvo […]

Honoring community impact

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Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Vehicle crashes into local newspaper

Joshua Lucero: Staff photos

Staff report A silver Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into the backside of the Portales News-Tribune building at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday. The 19-year-old male driver of the pickup told Portales Police Department officials that he tried to slow down as he rounded the curve in the road behind the newspaper building, and his brakes […]

Utility preps for major upgrade

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Xcel Energy is making a massive upgrade to its transmission infrastructure.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A $53 million project was approved earlier this week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for Xcel Energy to add new transmission lines in Eddy and Lea counties. In addition, Xcel will be working on other projects throughout the state, including the Clovis and Portales areas. One of […]

Portales chamber retains executive director


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]

City manager resigns for second time

Doug Redmond

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Less than two months after withdrawing his initial September resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond handed in his official resignation again Monday. Reasons for his resignation have not changed. Redmond said he has two side projects going on, which he declined to discuss until they are closer to being […]

Residents tap frustration on water rates

Alisa Boswell: PNT photo
Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Portales City Councilor Matt Hunton talks to concerned Portales residents about the increase in water rates at a public hearing Tuesday night at the Memorial Building as Mayor Sharon King listens.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales residents gathered in the Memorial Building Tuesday evening to express grievances over the City of Portales increasing water rates. The rate increase, which is to help pay for the $24.5 million loan the city obtained to build its new waste water treatment plant, was initially set to increase […]

City Council will hold public meeting to discuss rate concerns

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

The Portales City Council will be holding a town hall meeting tonight to address concerns about a proposed water-rate hike to pay for the city’s new $16.4 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com More than four months after a proposed $30-per-month water bill increase, Portales city councilors will hold a town hall meeting tonight to gather public input and address concerns about the rate hike. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building. City Councilor Matt Hunton said the meeting […]

Residents deal with snowy deluge

Derek Major: PNT photo
A front-end loader shovels a mound of snow on West Second Street in Portales Saturday morning.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonliine.com Overnight snowfall didn’t come as a surprise to many, but the amount that fell did. “I knew it was going to snow, but I didn’t think it would snow this much,” said Dan Jones, a student at Eastern New Mexico University. “I really don’t want to dig my car […]

Worst of weather should end over weekend

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
A lull in the deep freeze Friday allows Emaan (left), Yahya and Fatima Kazmi, all of Clovis, to feed bread crumbs to Canada geese flocking on the lake of Greene Acres Park in Clovis.

By Steve Hansen shansen@qcsunonline.com Just as the holiday weekend, or week for many, is ending, the weather is expected to begin a return to reasonable Sunday. For today, however, the area remains under threat from winter storms and bitter cold. A winter storm warning Friday morning was expected to stay in effect until 11 a.m. […]

Snow expected to impact travel

Forecasters predict up to 10 inches of snow overnight.

Staff reports A winter storm warning is in effect for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m Saturday. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are expected, with up to 10 inches possible along the Texas state line, the National Weather Service is reporting. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight will become […]

Portales couple welcomes first baby of year

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Ezra James Aguilar joined the family Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center, along with parents Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar and older sister Olivia Aguilar. Ezra was the first baby born at PRMC for 2015.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com As they took turns holding Ezra James, Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar briefly gave their bios. She’s a stay-at-home mom, and he’s in graduate school for school counseling. “I graduate May of next year,” Gregory said, before his wife laughed. “No, this year,” she said. “It’s 2015.” “That’s right,” he […]

Rescue gets new lease on life

Janine Fischer: Courtesy photo
In July, Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws Animal Rescue took in a 
pug from Prince Street who was found with chemical burns on 
his body and burn injuries in his eyes. Today, “Clovis” is fully 
healed living in Parker, Colorado, with his adopted mom Janine 
Fischer. She describes him as “loving, curious, playful and 

Staff report Clovis, a young dog found last summer wandering Clovis streets with cruel chemical burn injuries, is alive and thriving in Colorado. In July, Clovis, a 2-year-old pug, was found wandering on Prince Street with chemical burns on his body and in his eyes. His new foster owner Janine Fischer of Parker, Colorado said […]

Habitat helper problem solver

Bill Brunson

Editor’s note: This is a third report in a five-part series recognizing people in the community who made a difference in 2014. By Joshua Lucero Staff photo jlucero@pntonline.com When Habitat For Humanity director Joyce Davis accepted the help of former Eastern New Mexico University professor Bill Brunson, she got more than just an extra hand, […]

Full service gas station to close

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
South Sea owner Doyle Onstott takes a moment Tuesday afternoon to look at the signatures and comments his customers left on the station’s walls. Doyle said he has been operating the station for more than 29 years.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com After nearly 30 years of service, South Sea Full Service Station owner Doyle Onstott says it’s time to hang up the pump and retire. Onstott has been pumping gas, checking air pressure, cleaning windshields, and fixing flat tires since he started running the full service station for his uncle […]

Plenty to do to start new year

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Curry County Home Economist Glenda Belcher talks about painting techniques at a do-it-yourself workshop at the 2014 New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The expo features seminars, demonstrations, and food from agriculture vendors.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis are kicking off the new year with activities and events for all ages in January and February. Oasis State Park will be hosting a public hike as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative Jan. 1, according to the Oasis website. The hike is open to […]