ENMU nursing master’s program graduate to become professor

Judith Piepkorn

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Judith Piepkorn is nearing the end of Eastern New Mexico University’s first master’s in nursing program. After graduating Saturday, Piepkorn will become a nursing professor at Eastern. Her husband, the Rev. Gary Piepkorn, is an adjunct professor of religion at ENMU. Judith Piepkorn, who also has a bachelor’s […]

Innocent of murder

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Erik Pina, right, stands with his lawyer, Randall Harris, Tuesday afternoon as Judge Stephen Quinn reads the jury’s verdict during Pina’s trial for the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. The jury found Pina not guilty of first-degree murder, but convicted him of eight other charges, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and possession of stolen property.

By Joshua Lucero Staff report jlucero@pntonline.com After a day of deliberations, a Roosevelt County jury on Tuesday found Erik Pina innocent of first-degree murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. Pina, 19, was convicted of eight other charges in connection with the crime, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated […]

Oil price fluctuations affect state’s revenue

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Oil was $30 a barrel when Stuart Ingle was elected to the state Senate in 1985. He also recalls the price plummeted to $4 a barrel a short time later. New Mexico relies heavily on taxes and royalties from energy production, so a drop in oil prices means a […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 10

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family K • Household members: 6 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This family struggled through financial hardships this year that limit their ability to give their four children a Christmas. “I did not even put up a Christmas […]

To do list — Dec. 10

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 • Chamber Ambassador movie night — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-8541. Monday • Chamber Ambassador meeting — Noon, […]

Police blotter — Dec. 10

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 4:34 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (with injuries), NM 467 • 11:58 a.m.: Assault report, 400 block West Fir Street • 12:16 p.m.: Arson investigation 1600 block East Third Street • 12:19 p.m.: Trespass […]

Keeping with whiny, short-sighted tradition

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer I hear a lot of the protests of Christmas season, and find them to be short-sighted whining, finding the convenient problem with everybody else. • “What’s wrong with kids these days? They’re asking for PlayStation 4, iPhones and iPads. Wow, when I was their age, I got toy guns and […]

Department of Agriculture to begin surveys soon

Staff report The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners will begin receiving forms for the survey, called Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL), by the end of December, according to a department news release. According to […]

Caprock Wind Farm owner plans solar plant

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The owner of San Jon’s Caprock Wind Farm plans to add some solar generating units to the wind energy complex, starting some time in 2016. A representative of Infigen, the Australian company that owns the Caprock Wind Farm, and a bond attorney, on Monday requested authorization from the Quay […]

Managers should represent gold standard

By Kitsanan Dounglomchan Local columnist I was planning to host an event and there was a great location I had in mind for it. I went to speak to the building manager to see if it could be arranged. When I arrived in the manager’s office she was typing on the computer. She didn’t look […]

Water authority continues search for executive director

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has gone back to the drawing board on finding an executive director. James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, whom the authority had hoped to hire to the new position, withdrew his name from consideration about a week ago. The authority met Tuesday morning in executive session, but […]

AG: Jail consultant contract may have violated state act

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com New Mexico’s attorney general contends Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray’s 2013 consultant contract at the jail may have been improper. The opinion, issued Nov. 21 in the form of a letter to state Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales, concludes the $3,000 a month contract approved by Curry County commissioners […]

ENMU human resources director moving on

Editor’s note: The last day of work for Eastern New Mexico University’s director of human resources is Friday. Tammi Gardner is moving to Florida with her husband, Jay. In this interview, she discusses her career at ENMU and future plans. When did you begin working at ENMU, and what jobs have you held? I began […]

Military compensation could take big hit in 2016

By Tom Philpott Military update Military folks will see compensation packages  pinched in 2015 under a deal struck last week by House and Senate negotiators finalizing pay and benefit changes in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. But the compensation pinch in 2015 could become a more hurtful punch starting in 2016, the armed services […]

Report: Clovis police have eyewitness in stabbing death

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis police have an eyewitness to the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri. One of two witnesses who reported the killing of Ulibarri told police he was crossing a fence at Goodwin Lake Trails park that morning and “heard wailing… (he) stated that he thought the sound may be […]

Police believe hobos could have set fires

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Officials say the Nov. 30 fire at Clovis’ Paper Recycling Depot appears to be “a set fire.” And suspects include hobos riding the trains. Clovis fire Marshal Allan Silvers said Monday the recycling center fire remains under investigation, along with the Nov. 21 fire at the former Guadalajara restaurant. […]

To do list — Dec. 9

Today • Executive committee meeting — Noon, Chamber of Commerce board room. Information: 575-356-8541. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m. Tween’s choice, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. […]

ENMU briefs — Dec. 9

Fall commencement Fall commencement is scheduled for  10 a.m. Saturday in Greyhound Arena at Eastern New Mexico University. There are 390 candidates for graduation, with 230 signed up to walk across the stage. Dustin Seifert, director of the ENMU band, will be the commencement speaker. After commencement, the Alumni Association will sponsor a reception in […]

Dora school news — Dec. 9

Basketball • Today — Dora at Tatum (junior high, junior varsity, varsity), starting 3 p.m. • Thursday through Saturday — varsity tournament at Lake Arthur. Book fair The Scholastic Book Fair being held in the library ends Thursday. FFA orders For those who ordered meat, fruit and cookie dough items from the Dora FFA members, […]

Portales school board election venue changed

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Municipal Schools board approved changing the site of February’s school board election during Monday’s meeting. The Feb. 3 election site will be moved from the Memorial Building to the Zia Room at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices after the board learned that the Memorial Building would be […]