Fire officials set for investigation at China Star

By Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan to do further investigation until Wednesday pending arrival of investigators from the restaurant’s insurance company. Ray Westerman, assistant chief of the Clovis Fire Department, said it’s common practice for fire department […]

Portales youth needs top agenda at summit

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern Area Youth Summit has a simple mission for its two-day program this week: Determine the most important needs for Portales youth. Annemarie McCracken of the School and Main Institute will facilitate the two-day program, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 a.m. […]

Athletes get ready for world stage

By Kevin Wilson Taekwon-do is generally an individual sport, but members of a local martial arts chapter are making a team effort to ensure representation on the world’s highest stage. Three members of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do are spending the next few months getting ready physically, mentally and financially for the International Taekwon-Do Federation World […]

Market not great for renters in area

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent When it comes to evaluating the current real estate market in eastern New Mexico, it all comes down to a matter of perspective — especially when the issue of rental houses comes up. Many searching for homes to rent are having difficulty. The realators, however, are living large. “It’s a […]

Soldier who died in Iraq tied to locals

By Mike Linn Linda Hernandez has three e-mails from her cousin to which she’ll never get the chance to respond. The Clovis resident saw the messages after she returned from vacation Sunday — the day she found out her cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Neb., died when a roadside bomb […]

State takeover unrelated to volunteer’s actions

By Darrell Todd Maurina Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who propositioned Buena Vista employees for sex, an attorney for the state said Saturday. District Judge Stephen Quinn didn’t make a final ruling Saturday but […]

July 18 Public Record

The following divorces were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: • Katherine and Christopher Combs. • Ramona and Nathaniel Freeman. • Cindy and Marty Gonzales. • Constance and Milton Sawyer. The following marriage certificates were issued in Roosevelt County District Court: • Kevin Beimer, 40, and Janice Tackett, 42, both of Portales. • Wayne […]

Retired cop turns to new life of service

By Darrell Todd Maurina On Sunday, Clovis resident and retired state police Capt. Alan Brockmeier exchanged his police uniform to become a man of the cloth with a different color — the black cassock and white collar of an ordained Episcopal priest. Raised in a small German denomination that merged with the United Methodists in […]

Fair week could get boost from ENMU

By Tony Parra Hotel managers in Portales may be salivating once they see the schedule of events planned for the weekend of Aug. 27-29. The hard-hitting opening of the football season for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds and the soft cotton candy at the Roosevelt County Fair are just a few of the treats for […]

Cookie handout turns into legal battle

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to hand out cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies to poll workers in 24 of […]