Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of [...]

Spanish professor shaken by Madrid terrorist attacks

Helena Rodriguez Diana Cordova has a black bow pinned to a flag of Spain inside of her office in Multicultural Affairs, located in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. For Cordova, the black bow is a constant reminder to the deadly act of terrorism committed against her native country [...]

Col. Posner takes over as Cannon’s commander

Col. John D. Posner took over as commander at Cannon Air Force Base on Friday, and hopes to maintain the success outgoing base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates helped establish. Last week CNJ Staff Writer Darrell Todd Maurina spoke with Posner for about 20 minutes on his future goals for Cannon and his family. Until [...]

National health week aims for awareness

Tony Parra Roosevelt County public health experts are trying to get the word out on health awareness during National Health Week. Mayor Orlando Ortega has proclaimed that the county recognizes this week as National Health Week. The proclamation defines the week as providing the opportunity for public and public health professionals to acknowledge successes in [...]

Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a [...]

Officials doubt exposure to rabies

Kevin Wilson State health officials say a few Eastern New Mexico University students may have been exposed to rabies last week, but it’s unlikely any will become the state’s first reported human case in 48 years. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, said he was notified of [...]

Area tornado chasers say their hobby is ‘fascinating’

David Arkin Severe weather involving tornados and lightning can lift fish out of lakes, snap utility poles like soggy toothpicks and force cows to scatter like bowling pins in all different directions. So it’s no wonder storm chaser Jerome Provencio says he might be a little bit crazy. And you can’t really blame him for [...]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s [...]

Catholic Center upgrades facility

Tony Parra There will be a new University Catholic Center for Eastern New Mexico University students on the western horizon and members of the St. Helen’s Church are excited about the possibilities. “We (St. Helens Church officials) feel the old building is inadequate,” Father Tobin Hitt of the St. Helen’s Church said. “We want to [...]

Habitat for Humanity helps families own homes

Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at 301 [...]