Pages past — Feb. 7

On this date … 2006: A movie filmed primarily in Clovis and Portales, “Believe in Me,” debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The movie, filmed in 2004, was about a 1960s-era Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team. Its stars included Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern, and it featured dozens […]

To do list — Feb. 7

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Book: Be Mine. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Community Services Center public forum — 1:15 p.m. at the center’s meal site, 1100 Community Way. The fourm is to gather public information on citizen’s needs in city, county. Information: 575-356-8576 • Teen […]

Boswell: No true winners of murder trials

Friday was a fresh reminder that no one wins when it comes to a murder trial. In some ways, it’s been rewarding to have opportunities to cover a few murder trials and learn about the judicial process, but I must confess, it’s one of my least favorite parts of my job. A week of eight […]

Child porn bill alive but changed

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s not what the sponsors wanted, but a bill to discourage downloading child pornography is still alive in the New Mexico Senate. Rep. Randal Crowder, R-Clovis, said House Bill 65 cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Friday afternoon, though it’s been amended from his original intent. “What they’ve done […]

On the shelves — Feb. 7

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library City on Fire by Garth Rick Hallberg reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power when a blackout plunges the world into darkness and the lives of nine strangers are forever changed as they intersect around the mystery of a New Year’s Eve […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]

Pages past — Feb. 5

On this date … 1976: Vicki Gaspard had been crowned basketball homecoming queen at Clovis High School. She was a senior, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Gaspard. 1956: Clovis Air Force Base personnel were using military equipment to check on isolated residents and even feed area cattle as the region tried to dig […]

Berry: Not all new words appreciated

When I was a kid, we lived a block from the grade school. During the summer, on weekends and most every afternoon, I could be found on the playground of that school. Several other kids from the neighborhood, including some older kids, also spent time there. One afternoon I heard one of the older kids […]

Johnson: Bowl ads sure to appeal to animal lovers

There will be gatherings of all types Sunday, with jerseys, snacks and big screen televisions at the center of what is a special day for a lot of people. Super Bowl Sunday is not just an event that is anticipated by football fans throughout the year because of it’s sports appeal, the game of the […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 6

Days remaining in session: 12 Closing committees Susan Boe, executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, delivered a letter to legislative leadership on Friday that urges lawmakers to keep full committee meetings open to the public. In the letter, Boe echoes comments she made in a Santa Fe New Mexican article published […]

Fingerprint provision license bill could hit snag

By Uriel J. Garcia The New Mexican If Gerardo Alfredo De Luna needs to give up his driver’s license and get a driving authorization card, he’ll do it. But he will not give up his fingerprints to a law enforcement agency to get such a card. “I work just as hard as any U.S. citizens, […]

Montoya convicted of second-degree murder

Staff photo: Matthew Asher

DeAngelo Montoya, 18, heads away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse escorted by sheriff’s office Transport Officer Drew White. Montoya was convicted of murder for the second time on Friday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com DeAngelo Montoya, 18, was convicted of murder for the second time Friday afternoon. The Portales teen was accused of shooting and killing Portales college student Angel Vale, 21, in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. After being convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 and that conviction being […]

Legislative tidbits — Feb. 5

Days remaining in session: 13 Too much Rep. Paul Pacheco, sponsor of 14 bills this session, said Thursday he took on more work than he should have. Pacheco made the comment as he dashed up the stairs of the Capitol just after 8 a.m. Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, sponsored a series of crime bills, including a “three […]

Expert: Montoya’s prints on Vale’s property

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
DeAngelo Montoya is escorted away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday by Sheriff’s Deputy Lesley Tibbs. Montoya is on trial for the 2010 shooting death of Portales college student Angel Vale.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Closing arguments in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will commence this morning after Defense Attorney Chris Christensen declined to call any witnesses Thursday afternoon and rested with the state. Thursday may have been the turning point for the Montoya trial with fingerprint expert Bonnie Knoll of Santa Fe testifying to […]

Group proposes airport updates

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Representatives from WHPacific went before the Portales City Council on Tuesday to propose an update of the Portales Municipal Airport action plan. The plan reviews the current condition of the airport and identifies improvements it needs to meet demands and Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. According to Beth Schatz of […]

Murder trial pushed back

David Smith

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com In a Thursday pre-trial conference for David Smith, accused of first-degree murder, kidnapping and two counts of tampering with evidence, both the state and the defense requested the trial be pushed back. “Evidence so far is very limited,” said Jesse Cosby, Smith’s attorney. In addition to lack of evidence, […]

Pages past — Jan. 5

On this date … 2006: Portales school district voters had approved a tax increase with just 472 of 10,158 eligible voters participating. “I’m so disappointed that so few people turned out to vote,” County Clerk Janet Collins said. “Maybe people didn’t feel like it was an important issue, but it should be important to them […]

Brown: Barns are ultimate man-caves

Opinion “Man Caves” are in. Everywhere, there is decor and references to this relatively recently coined label for what, in olden times, was probably known as the garage. A place to go where you can enjoy the company of your friends and look at cool stuff. A place somewhere between a house and the outside. […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 5

Portales City Council The following was action taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • The 2015 Employee of the Year Award was presented to Chief Procurement Officer Carla Weems on behalf of the council by Mayor King. “She’s really doing a fantastic job and we’re very glad to have […]

Warming trend back for weekend

STAFF REPORT According to the National Weather Service of Albuquerque, the light snowfall in Portales for a short period of time Tuesday night was not reported. The high temperature was 44 degrees and the low was 29, but no precipitation was recorded. Light showers on Monday went equally unreported for the city. The recorded high […]