Jail director shares escape details

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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 kbaird@cnjonline.com 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

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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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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

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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 ccalloway@pntonline.com 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

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on volunteer firefighters in Roosevelt County. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com 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

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com 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

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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

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By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com 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

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com 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

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com 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 […]