Tucumcari jailer accused of sex crimes

William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. One of the alleged victims has ties to Portales, and claimed the jailer made sexual advances […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

ENMU to mourn tragic death of former student

Darrell Maurina Co-workers and friends expressed shock and disbelief Monday, following the apparent suicide of Clovis Community College instructor William H. Windley Jr. Police said Windley, 32, of Portales, purchased a gun and ammunition on Friday afternoon at the Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City store in Clovis, then shot himself in the head in front of […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

Helping hands make all the difference

Tony Parra The mid-day sunlight shined through the blinds and revealed what appeared to be a road map created from the wrinkles on the left side of his face — the face of 84-year-old Wayne Green. As Green sat on the shiny cushion of his chair, he slouched at an angle. His seat rested on […]

Analysis: Lawmakers feeling the pressure

David Arkin Lawmakers last week crossed into the second half of their short legislative session — one that’s supposed to be focused on budget matters — with little accomplished. Hundreds and hundreds of bills still face lawmakers and special committees. There’s no doubt lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure of the shortened session, which […]

Police: Portales man kills himself in Clovis pawn shop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop on Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the gun to his […]

N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Cheese plant won’t hurt milk transportation

Mike Linn Dairy operators will send class-three milk, a low grade of milk, to the Southwest Cheese plant rather than having it shipped to farther locations, which will save dairy operators money, Portales dairy operator Alva Carter Sr. said. This will allow dairymen to send their higher grades of milk out of town, Carter said. […]