Little helpful man causing trouble

By Grant McGee Local columnist After the big snow the time had come to venture out of The Stucco Hacienda and dig out our vehicles. “I’m gonna go out and clean off the cars,” I announced to The Lady of the House. “OK, remember, just your truck not my car,” said The Lady of the […]

Melrose man convicted on felony sex charges

Staff report David Brown, 55, of Melrose was convicted by a District Court jury in Clovis Friday of third-degree felony charge of criminal sexual penetration, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Brown attacked his 18-year-old victim in December 2010. “The crime was committed when Brown knew that the victim […]

Supreme Court upholds Mitchell’s reappointment

By Steve Hansen Staff writer The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday upheld Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-appointment of Judge Albert Mitchell to preside over the courtrooms of the Tenth Judicial District. The decision was unanimous among the panel of five supreme court justices and court of appeals judges who heard the case, the supreme court […]

Volunteer gifts labor of love


By Derek Major Staff writer The Community Services Center in Portales will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. today by taking homemade blankets to residents in need of warmth. The blankets are handmade by volunteers who are senior citizens; they will be given to other seniors. “We cater to people 55 and over who […]

County maps plan to cut deficit

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Roosevelt County department and office heads met with county commissioners Thursday morning to discuss areas they can cut back in their budgets to help the county out of its $8,000 deficit.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Roosevelt County Commission on Thursday mapped out a plan to reduce its $800,000 budget deficit by half, but still needs to find more places to cut. The amount the county is in deficit recently rose from $500,000 to $800,000 as administration officials discovered more incorrectly budgeted items scattered […]

To do list — Jan. 16

Today • Blankets to Those in Need — 1 p.m., Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way. The center is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by taking homemade blankets to Portales residents in need of warmth. Information: 356-8577. Monday • MLK march and program — 5 p.m. march starts at Portales courthouse. 6 p.m. program starts […]

Jail log — Jan. 16

Jail Log As of 7 a.m. Thursday Released in the past 24 hours: • Christopher Arias, 23, on bond • Grady Beachum, 23, time served • Juwan Gallo, 20, court order • Steven Gonzalez Jr. 28, court order • Ramiro Madrid 30, time served • Donald Martinez, 43, on bond • Shane Douglas McNicoll, 24, […]

Chamber board to fill two vacant positions

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Two Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive committee members have resigned, but their reasons were not made clear. Ron Jackson and Megan Hamilton, two of the three executive committee members who approached Executive Director Karl Terry for his resignation earlier this month, stepped down from the chamber board Wednesday. […]

No charges pending in fatal crash

Staff report The driver of the semi-truck involved in Sunday’s fatal crash north of Clovis is recovering at home, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said on Thursday. “Mr. (Carlos) Valle has been released from the hospital, and it’s my understanding he’s back at home here in Clovis,” Waller said. Valle, 51, was initially identified as […]

Police training goes online

Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart takes a test Wednesday morning on the department’s new online training system, V-Academy.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Portales Police Department has cut its spending costs for training by more than half by embracing modern technology, according to department officials. Public Information Officer Detective Charlie Smart said Portales police officers are getting re-certification training through an online program called V-Academy, which reduces the time dedicated to […]

MainStreet on its own once more

Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Portales MainStreet Program is once again its own entity, separating from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce for the second time in just over a year. The positions of chamber of commerce promotions coordinator and the MainStreet executive director were combined into a one-person job about a year ago. […]

Police blotter — Jan. 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 3:49 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 300 block South Avenue D • 8:07 a.m.: Theft report, 1400 block South Avenue D • 1:08 p.m.: Hit and run, 600 block West 17th Lane • 2:11 […]

Beware of opponents younger than you

By Betty Williamson Local columnist File this under “I should know better.” Three of my young friends received a board game for Christmas and couldn’t wait to bring it to my house, so they could decimate me in a match. They confessed that the game was somewhat difficult to understand but assured me that reading […]

Tucumcari man faces felony sex charges

By Steve Hansen Staff writer A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]

Weather delays for Wednesday

Here are weather-related delays or cancellations reported to PNT for Wednesday: • Melrose schools are on a one-hour delay because of black ice and freezing fog.

Real estate, legislative session topics of luncheon

Staff report About two dozen people with various ties to the local real estate industry took a lunch break Tuesday to talk about the previous year in local real estate and the state legislative session ahead. The Clovis/Portales Association of Realtors hosted the informational luncheon, which included city and county officials, along with Sens. Stuart […]

Lieutenant likes Harleys, helping out

Chad Davis

Editor’s note: This is a weekly Portales News-Tribune feature profiling public service workers. Name: Chad Davis Occupation: Eastern New Mexico University Police Department lieutenant What got you into law enforcement? I was recruited in 1991 by New Mexico State Police Officer Jeff Vick. He got me interested in law enforcement. The career and challenge interested […]

To do list — Jan. 14

Today • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Blankets to Those in Need — 1 p.m., Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way. The center is honoring […]

Police blotter — Jan. 14

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 2:05 a.m.: Suicide threat, U.S. 70 • 10:50 a.m.: Remove subject, 700 block North K Avenue • 3:05 p.m.: Fraud, 100 block Airport Road • 3:36 p.m.: Shots fired, address unknown • 6:07 […]

J.D. Isler a coach, friend, but a father first

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer In a business where you don’t expect to have many friends, I considered J.D. Isler a friend. Known to others as Jerry Dean Isler, and far more as Coach Isler, he’ll forever be 52, a casualty of a car accident north of Clovis. Plenty of memories came to me about […]