Supreme court agrees to hear judge arguments

Staff report The state supreme court will hear arguments Dec. 4 in a request for a writ that would prevent Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from staying on the bench after failing to be retained by voters in the Nov. 4 general election. The request was filed by a committee that advocated Mitchell’s ouster […]

Talor explosion marker unveiled

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Tom Drake, the coordinator of the New Mexico historical marker program, gives a speech during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tolar historical marker

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Dennis Wynn had a personal reason for being at Friday’s unveiling of a historical marker that commemorates a train accident that leveled the town of Tolar almost 70 years ago. On Nov. 30, 1944, his grandfather was the conductor of an 81-car World War II freight train that was […]

Be careful but include pooch in feast

Sharna Johnson CMI Columnist Slivers of turkey covered in gravy, potatoes, green beans, corn, bread, cranberry sauce and much, much more — it’s almost here. It takes time and effort to get through the planning, shopping, preparation, cooking and presentation, but when the forks are in hand and the signal is given to chow, time […]

ALCO stores will close Dec. 4, according to website

Staff report All ALCO Stores, Inc., including outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, will close their doors on Dec. 4, according to an advertisement on the home page of the ALCO Stores website Friday. All merchandise is on liquidation sale, the advertisement said, and store hours will remain unchanged. The ALCO store in Tucumcari displayed a […]

Pages Past: Nov. 22

On this date … 1975: Clovis High School band members harvested sugar beets to help fund a December trip to Los Angeles. Officials with New Mexico State University Plains Experiment Station north of Clovis invited students to top and load an estimated 12 to 15 tons of excess beets, worth about $40 a ton. 1971: […]

Former Clovis landmark restaurant building destroyed in fire

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A Clovis Fire Department spokesman said the fire had been extinguished by late afternoon but smoldering was expected to continue into Saturday

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com The former Guadalajara restaurant building, a landmark for decades on La Casillas Boulevard in west Clovis near the railroad tracks, was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. Firefighters were called to the blaze about 7:45 a.m. Flames could still be seen at 10 a.m. and firefighters were expected to […]

Police locate ‘persons of interest’ in Clovis homicide

Staff report Clovis police have taken two “persons of interest” into custody in connection with the Nov. 9 slaying of a Clovis mom. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said police at 4:50 p.m. Friday brought Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, into custody “for questioning only” after receiving an anonymous tip. The pair were located […]

Construction on wastewater treatment plant in full swing

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 Workers coat the walls of the treatment train in Xypez on Wednesday afternoon. DeSha said the coating prevents water from seeping into the concrete and bleeding into other treatment units.

Staff report Construction is moving along smoothly at the city of Portales’ new $16.4 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center, according to Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said the plant is set for completion in September and has a life expectancy of more than 80 years. The plant will clean wastewater using micro […]

Water utility board in negotiations with executive director candidate

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board announced Thursday it is entering negotiations with James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, for the authority’s executive director position. “We’re excited to bring him onboard if everything checks out. We believe it’s definitely time to bring our own employee on …. He […]

Homicide tips reward climbs to $15,000

Staff report Curry County Crime Stoppers and an anonymous group of area citizens have combined to offer $15,000 as reward money in hopes of solving Clovis’ most recent homicide. The cash is for information that leads to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for the Nov. 9 stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri, said […]

Winter time to tend to cattle herd

  Winter approaches quickly. Hopefully, all the peanuts and milo have been harvested, the hay cut and maybe even baled, the wheat planted and grown to a good stand, all the farming ready for what one hopes will be a wet winter. As the daily demands of farming slow slightly from the normally busy rhythm, […]

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Well, as Mr. Rogers used to remind us so well, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood … It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood …” Aye, and so it is. It’s cold and clear, still and beautiful. An inch or so of white stuff blankets the ground. The sun […]

Hints on making homemade fruit fly trap

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist In the past, I never considered fruit flies to be a problem in our home. Afterall, any animal restricted to a fruit diet has to be harmless. That is not the case for houseflies and their kin. They eat everything. They must remain outside our home. Now here is an […]

Petition started to keep KENW on air in Albuquerque

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Manuel Benally gives a rundown of local weather during KENW News 3’s 5 o’clock news broadcast Thursday evening at the KENW station.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pnonline.com Satellite television customers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and western New Mexico will not receive KENW-TV, a New Mexico affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service, starting next year. KENW was notified in September that due to FCC regulations, after Dec. 31, Dish Network and DirecTV will no longer carry the […]

Tod do list — Nov. 21

Today • Almost Maine production — 7 p.m., ENMU studio theater. Admission: free for ENMU students, $5 general public. Information: Shirlene Peters 575-562-2711. Saturday • Almost Maine production — 7 p.m., ENMU studio theater. Admission: free for ENMU students, $5 general public. Information: Shirlene Peters 575-562-2711. Operation Meltyerfaceoff Concert — 7 p.m., tickets $10, featuring […]

Police blotter — Nov. 21

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 10:53 a.m.: Larceny, 700 block East Third Street • 11:24: a.m.: Assault report, 1900 block South Avenue I • 1:52 p.m.: Criminal damage, 600 block South Main Avenue • 10:05 p.m.: Burglary report, […]

Jail walk-through

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RCDC Corrections Officer Lt. Keith Parrish shows County Commissioners the master control room at the heart of the detention center. Parrish said every door in the detention center can be operated through the touch screen located in the master control room.

Staff report Roosevelt County Commissioners were welcomed by Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova for a tour of the detention center facility Wednesday morning as part of their regular commission meeting. Commissioners were shown the inner workings of the facility and had a chance to see the center’s recent upgrades. Casanova touted the updated […]

Youths join with seniors to make holiday ornaments

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Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program participants get to work painting ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree Wednesday with the help of senior center volunteers.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Paint and smiles were abundant Wednesday afternoon at the Portales Senior Citizens Center as volunteers and children came together to decorate Christmas ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree. Portales Recreation Director Jodi Diaz said the Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program kids teamed up with senior center ceramics class volunteers […]

Clovis police serach for ‘persons’ of interest’ in homicide

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis police were asking the public’s help Wednesday in finding two people wanted for questioning by Major Crimes Unit detectives investigating the stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri. Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, were identified by police as “persons of interest” in the ongoing investigation into the brutal […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission — Nov. 20

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Wednesday morning at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices: • Commissioners heard a report from Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova. The center has 58 inmates, with 50 of them being males. • Commissioners heard a report from Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato. Lovato said the […]