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 […]

Poster contest helps students learn DWI dangers

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com Riki Seat, the Portales/Roosevelt County DWI Program coordinator, cannot overstate the importance of getting children to understand the dangers of drinking and driving at an early age. “It’s tremendously important to educate children as early as possible,” said Seat. “The younger kids start drinking, the higher the probability that […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 11:34 a.m.: Shoplifting, 100 block North Chicago Avenue • 12:12: p.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block North Kilgore Street • 4:25 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 10:05 p.m.: Burglary report, […]

Above the call of duty

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When Melissa Haraughty, director of the library at Cannon Air Force Base, contacted our Friends of the Portales Public Library group to ask if she might bring airmen volunteers to help us with our annual used book sale, I fear we frightened her as we lunged to accept the offer. […]

To do list — Nov. 20

Today • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., City Hall, Information: 575-769-7828. • Preschool storytime — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Almost Maine production — 7 p.m., ENMU studio theater. Admission: free for ENMU students, $5 general […]

Williamson building nearing completion

Joshua Lucero: Staff writer
The exterior of the Jack Williamson 
Liberal Arts building seen as workers pour concrete and lay bricks outside the facility’s west entrance. The exterior of the building is set to be completed within the next two weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Updated looks and modern classrooms are a few of the things Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty can expect to find in the newly renovated Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. According to Bradbury Stamm Superintendent David Burks, the building is less than two weeks from completion after receiving […]

Salvation Army kicks off kettle campaign

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George Hostler volunteered his talents at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff on Tuesday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Salvation Army hosted its Red Kettle Kick Off on Tuesday at the Clovis Corps Community Center. The event came to fruition under the center’s new leadership, Lts. Natalia and Kelly Berggren. “One thing that hasn’t changed for the Salvation Army is the needs of the community,” Clovis Mayor […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council — Nov. 19

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday evening at the Memorial Building. • Councilors approved the minutes from the Nov. 4 regular meeting. • Presented City of Portales Utility Billing Supervisor Karen Chandler with the “Employee of the Quarter Award” for her work July through September. • Presented Valencia Elementary with […]

Health care enrollment off to slow start locally

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Todd Farrell said enrollment for New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange has been slow so far. Farrell, owner of the Todd Farrell Insurance Agency, is one of five area representatives of the exchange — known as BeWellNM — in the area. All are in Curry County. Enrollment opened Saturday. “Its […]

Police blotter — Nov;. 19

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 9:24 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 10:23: a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 12:04 p.m.: Harassment report, 1400 block North Avenue B • 7:34 p.m.: Attempted […]

To do list — Nov. 19

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Brass Choir fall concert — 7 p.m., ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: free. Information: Kathi Fraze 575-562-2377. Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., City Hall, Information: […]

Record low set in Portales on Monday

Staff and wire report The blast of wintry weather that pushed through New Mexico this week resulted in several record-low temperatures, including one in Portales. The National Weather Service’s weather observer reported a low of 5 degrees Monday, which broke the old record of 7 degrees set in 1959, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with […]

It’s Schaapnog weather

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The first snow of the season means sweater weather. And hot-chocolate weather. And “how the expletive did it take me seven hours to drive home from Albuquerque” weather. It’s also Schaapnog weather. Confused? You should be. It’s pronounced “scop-nog,” and sounds like a sibling torture technique. Bam, charley horse. Eww, […]

Habitat short on homeowner candidates

Photo courtesy of Joyce Davis
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on Gay Luna’s house during Habitat’s Women’s Build Day in July 2013 as part of Habitat’s affordable housing program. Habitat for Humanity Director Joyce Davis said the program has been unable to find a qualified candidate for the program this year.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With no families qualifying for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program this year, the eastern New Mexico organization is looking to take on smaller projects until it can find a qualified applicant. The organization, which has built 12 homes in Curry and Roosevelt Counties since it became an HFH […]

City collecting coats again

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The city of Portales is looking for more people to come out to get coats during the city’s third annual coat and blanket drive. The drive, in partnership with the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful program, has been collecting new or gently used coats and blankets at locations around […]

Scanlan takes on command chief position

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operation Wing Public Affairs Through the recent U.S. Air Force Command Chief Screening Board, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan was selected the 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, effective Oct. 21. “Being selected as the command chief for the 27 SOW is not what I expected to […]

Police blotter — Nov. 18

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 8:11 a.m. — Criminal damage, 100 block of West First Street. • 8:46 a.m. — Suicide threat, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 4:49 p.m. — Narcotics in progress, 2000 block of […]