City’s water down

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Laborers from TLC Plumbing, contracted to build the water reuse pipeline for the City of Portales, work to pump water away from a cracked pipeline near South Ithica Avenue and East 16th Street that required the water department to shut off water to the city Tuesday.

Staff report A water main break behind Valencia Elementary School led to Portales city officials shutting down water lines for the entire city Tuesday afternoon. The main break occurred around 10 a.m. when a contractor working on the reuse pipeline as part of the wastewater project, hit the water pipeline. City officials tried to isolate […]

Living his military dream

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Col. Benjamin Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, began his time with the Air Force in 1995 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to his parents, Benjamin Maitre knew what he wanted to do when he grew up around the time he started talking. Less than 20 years into his career, Maitre (pronounced “may-truh”) is the newest commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Maitre, 41, grew up in New England and […]

Mother’s pleas for help open trial

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Noe Torres is led to his attorney Stacey Ward by Curry County deputy Chris Roper.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first day of testimony in accused child killer Noe Torres’ murder trial included a mother’s gut-wrenching pleas for help saving her mortally wounded son and two eyewitnesses who put Torres at the scene of the killing. Jurors heard a hysterical Lupe Perez pleading with emergency responders to hurry […]

First step to the future

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell

Portales High student Maria Viera applies for financial aid online with assistance of financial aid officers Chandra Jefferson, right, and Samantha Rector, behind, as her daughter, Aylin, 1, plays on her lap.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales High School students took advantage of an opportunity to take their first steps with college preparation Sunday afternoon. A two-hour sign-up session at the high school allowed students to fill out financial aid applications with the assistance of financial aid officers from Eastern New Mexico University. Most of […]

Donut business comes to Farwell

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Dararithy Kea gets information from Joe Whitney for donut orders at the shop’s new Farwell location.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Anybody who’s had the scenic tour of the Texico-Farwell border — more commonly known as “waiting for the train” — knows that on the Farwell side, there’s a prime piece of real estate for the right business. Dararithy Kea was told that on both sides of the border, there was […]

RGH staff trains for non-medical emergencies

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Roosevelt General Hospital safety officer John Bridges, center, plays the aggressor as RGH staff subdue him during the hospital’s non-violent crisis intervention class at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With new training aimed at emergency preparedness, Roosevelt General Hospital staff is being educated on how to handle any situation the hospital could find itself in. RGH safety officer John Bridges said the training program has been in place for about a year and features specific classes that focus […]

Jury selection for Torres murder trial starts Monday

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Noe Torres enters the courtroom prior to his pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of accused child killer and longtime fugitive Noe Torres. Torres faces seven felony charges: first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, shouting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit shooting at an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm […]

Street department finds ways to save

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
City of Portales street department workers Troy McCollum, left, and Gary Ellison, right,
fill potholes on West Beech Street 
Thursday afternoon. Ellison said the 
pair had filled more than 100 potholes Thursday alone.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With miles upon miles of city streets to maintain, the Portales Street Department still manages to find ways to save money. The six-man crew ranges in age from 21 to 63 and spends their days filling potholes, paving streets, and helping the city’s other departments with small tasks. The […]

Students get inside look at filmmaking

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The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent anna.george@enmu.edu Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

State-mandated testing rates high despite protests

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Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

New wastewater plant coming along smoothly

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Construction workers assemble rebar at the new Portales wasewater treatment plant Monday. The plant is on schedule to be completed in November.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com John DeSha, the Portales Public Works director, showed his excitement about the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant on Monday. “It’s one of the biggest things to happen to this city,” DeSha said. The new treatment plant, which is being built where the current one is, has been under […]

Awake all night for good cause

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By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Most weekends, college students stay up late, hanging out at bars or playing video games with friends. But on Friday, about 50 Eastern New Mexico University students stayed up for a good cause. The Associated Students of ENMU held its annual “Up ’til Dawn” fundraiser for the St. Jude […]

Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Since school was canceled at Faith Triumphant, Luke Vigil, 11, left, decided to help his dad, Mark, shevel the sidewalk in front of their business Friday morning on Second Street.

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major aboswell@pntonline.com dmajor@pntonline.com Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Cold lingers bit longer

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Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com For the second straight day eastern New Mexico can expect to wake up to snow on their cars. The Portales area saw 1-2 inches of snowfall late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Forecasters were predicting another two and four inches by this morning. “It’s certainly a change from what we […]

Bigger, better things

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Liles Inc. Laborer Jacob Brady, left, carries more connecting parts for a water pipeline to coworker Jerry Olivas Wednesday morning. The two men are installing underground utilities for a duplex project that will provide single parents and their children with homes.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home is expanding its horizons with more housing in Portales for single parents. The non-profit organization has recently broken ground on a 7-acre empty lot on West 19th Street and South Avenue B where they plan to build 16 duplexes for their Single Parent […]

New spin on old favorite

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Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Portales and Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves […]

A thirst for knowledge

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KENW FM Development Director Amie Griffith, right, interviews Tanyn Sansom Friday afternoon during his tour of the station. The 12-year-old Portales resident donated his birthday money to the radio station this month.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Most 12-year-old boys might spend their birthday money on a new video game or a football, but Tanyn Sansom is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. Tanyn is the kid that walks around school with a book about computer programming language and who listens to KENW public radio daily. Tanyn’s mother, […]

Slow down, New Mexico

Jackie Johnson: PNT correspondent

Most state and county officials seem to be supporting the “Dirt Road Bill,” which would lower the default speed limit on county roads from 75 mph to 55 mph.

By Jackie Johnson PNT correspondent State and county officials say the purpose of what has been coined the “dirt road bill” is safer speeds that are more appropriate for the structure of county roads. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is sponsoring Senate Bill 125, which, if approved, will reduce the default speed limit on unmarked county […]

Xeriscaping covered at expo

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Curt Jaynes shares his ideas about ways to conserve water and still have healthy plants during Saturday's class in the Jake Lopez building during the 2015 Ag Expo.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Yes, you can grow healthy plants with minimal watering. So said Curt Jaynes, who filled in area residents on the best methods for xeriscaping their lawns and gardens at Saturday’s Ag Expo in Portales. Jaynes’ class, one of the new additions to the annual expo, was aimed at showing […]