Fire in the sky

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Will Banister plays to the crowd at dusk before the fireworks got started Thursday night in front of the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Bobby Terry’s eyes were as bright as they reflected the fireworks in the Thursday night sky. He made they typical noises that a child would make in awe of the bright flares and smiley face shapes but the colors that garnered the biggest reaction from Terry were red, […]

Strangers supporting scout’s trip

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Boy scout Curtis Utley, left, practices folding the American flag with his younger brother Adam Utley Thursday. Curtis will be attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week on behalf of his Portales troop and says flag-folding is a common practice for ceremonies.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Curtis Utley is amazed at how the communities of Portales and Clovis are rallying behind him as he makes his way to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week in the nation’s capital. “These people opened up their hearts, and they don’t even know me,” said Utley, a […]

Vultures aren’t so bad

Larry Brock: Courtesy photo
Vultures are very striking to people when viewed in public areas, but the birds usually find well-hidden places to nest their young and migrate in very large groups.

My first encounter with vultures was when I saw them in a movie years back. They were circling over dead Calvary in the hot desert of the Southwest. That impressed me. Not long afterwards, I sighted some circling vultures as a youngster while my friend Frankie and I were hiking the foothills of mountains near […]

Celebrating independence

File photo
Stone Braker Rocky Mountain Fireworks will put on the annual Portales fireworks show tonight in the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. The show will also feature music by Engine Room and Will Banister.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The grand finale of tonight’s fireworks show is dedicated to the men and women serving at Cannon Air Force Base, says Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. The chamber and area churches organized a Fourth of July celebration filled with music and activities, but they want […]

Q&A: New judge’s interests evolved

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Judge Barbara George presides from the bench during a municipal court session on Monday. George was recently appointed municipal judge after the retirement of Judge Fred Arnold.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Probate Court Judge Barbara George began her first day as Municipal Court Judge on Monday. George was appointed by the Portales City Council to replace retiring Judge Fred Arnold because of her experience and leadership in the community. Why did you want to become a […]

McDonald’s employees take break to help kids

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
McDonald’s employee LaShay Duran, left, sets up the children at New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home for a game of football inside the home’s gym.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Candace Ramos and LaShay Duran experienced quite a change last month, from working the grill at McDonald’s to chasing around a group of rambunctious children at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home. Ramos and Duran are part of a community outreach program set up by McDonald’s owners John […]

Colonel promoted to brigadier general


By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Brig. Gen. Albert “Buck” Elton said he knew early in life what he wanted to do. As a child, Elton told an audience gathered Tuesday at the Landing for his promotion ceremony, he was riding horses with his mother in the Sierra Mountains when a low-flying Navy jet […]

Firework sales mark Fourth

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales
Yruegas, 34, counts
inventory at the firework booth on the corner of North Chicago and East Canadian. Yruegas has been running firework stands in
Portales for five years.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Independence Day is upon us, and that means fireworks stands are popping up around the city. Fireworks have long been affiliated with Fourth of July celebrations, and this year the firework vendors of Portales have been doing their part to uphold the tradition. Some have been in […]

Electric cooperative celebrates 75 years

Courtesy photos: Robin Inge
A cooperative employee stringing one of the first lines in 1940.

Editor’s note: This is a first in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer It’s a service that thousands of Roosevelt County residents depend on, it’s been powering homes for decades, and now Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative celebrates 75 years. It’s a milestone that […]

Jail director shares escape details

Photo courtesy: David Casanova
This metal bunkbed leg was used by inmates Ruben Lozano and Stephen Phillips to break through the ceiling of their jail cell and also the roof of the Roosevelt County detention center to escape from jail.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Oasis guidelines way to safe summer

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Oasis State Park employee Valerie Russ gives a presentation on the park’s wildlife trunk. On the table are different furs, skulls, tracks, and scat of the animals of this area.

Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park has provided summer safety guidelines for our area. This information can help you and your family have a safe, enjoyable summer. All of the following risks are relevant to this area, so keeping yourself and others aware can help everyone be safe. Animal Safety Rattlesnakes […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
The men who flew on the MC-130E Combat Talon I when it was the lead aircraft in the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam unveil a commemorative plaque at the plane’s retirement ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Volunteer rarely gets free minute


Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Kellie Bilbrey of Milnesand wears many hats, including that of a volunteer firefighter. As a mother, wife, EMS director at Milnesand Fire Department and a second-grade teacher at Dora Elementary, Kellie […]

Councilor: Park upkeep uneven


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Public Works Director John DeSha says the swings at Lindsey Park on West Ivy have been repaired since they were brought to his attention by the area’s city councilor. Antonio Salguero told DeSha last week at the Portales City Council meeting that the swings had been broken for […]

Fireworks update


The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is still accepting donations for the Portales July Fourth Celebration, according to Executive Director Karl Terry. Live music, a fireworks display, and food vendors will be showcased for the celebration, which will take place on July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field and practice football field. […]

Farmers market starts Monday for Portales


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Q&A — Theatre grad helps college hopefuls


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Briana Pilon, 23, is an Upward Bound instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. Upward Bound is a program designed to help underprivileged students enroll and graduate from college. It is a federally funded program that has been at ENMU since 1966. Pilon is a Los Alamos native […]

Records: Escapee had tried to flee before


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the jail’s […]

Kids’ College makes learning active endeavor


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer Most children don’t get to college until they’re 18. However, the Kids’ College program at Eastern New Mexico University provides children the opportunity to not only stay active during the summer, but experience fun and educational activities on a real college campus. Kids’ College is an annual […]

Administrator: Jail will stay on lock-down


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night. Stephen Phillips, 20, who was held on burglary charges, has been captured since the jail break. Ruben Lozano, […]