Advancing women’s rights

Staff report Women have been fighting for equality for a long time. Attorney Pamelya Herndon, who works for the Southwest Women’s Law Center, told Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty Tuesday afternoon that her non-profit organization continues to pursue the cause. Herndon, a former deputy cabinet secretary and general counsel in New Mexico government, […]

City’s water down

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Laborers from TLC Plumbing, contracted to build the water reuse pipeline for the City of Portales, work to pump water away from a cracked pipeline near South Ithica Avenue and East 16th Street that required the water department to shut off water to the city Tuesday.

Staff report A water main break behind Valencia Elementary School led to Portales city officials shutting down water lines for the entire city Tuesday afternoon. The main break occurred around 10 a.m. when a contractor working on the reuse pipeline as part of the wastewater project, hit the water pipeline. City officials tried to isolate […]

Living his military dream

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Col. Benjamin Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, began his time with the Air Force in 1995 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to his parents, Benjamin Maitre knew what he wanted to do when he grew up around the time he started talking. Less than 20 years into his career, Maitre (pronounced “may-truh”) is the newest commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Maitre, 41, grew up in New England and […]

Support specialist lands perfect job

Chavez

Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature profiling public service workers. Name: Maggie A. Chavez Occupation: Law enforcement support specialist What do you like best about your work environment? I like being able to work with the people and officers. My degree is in criminal justice and psychology, so this job worked out perfectly. How […]

Notebook — March 11

Today … • The Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 3 p.m. today at city hall. Coming up … • The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive committee board will meet at noon Thursday. There is a possibility they might discuss where next year’s Ag Expo and Peanut Valley Festival will be held with […]

Pages past — March 11

March 11 On this date … 1965: A 23-year-old Clovis man armed with a butcher knife attempted to rob the Pink Pony bar near Taiban. The Clovis News-Journal reported “someone at the establishment” pulled a gun and shot at the would-be robber, who then fled in a 1961 automobile with Oklahoma license plates. The man […]

Police blotter — March 11

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 9:02 a.m.: Theft, 700 block of Elgin Avenue. • 12:40 p.m.: Public affray, near Brazos and Elgin streets. • 4:02 p.m.: Suspicious circumstance, 300 block of Second Street. • 5:45 p.m.: Officer requested, […]

Student retention organization recognized

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With five years of providing programs geared towards retaining high school students and encouraging them to take the next step to higher education, ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education (ENLACE) New Mexico was recognized by the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education for their contributions to the school and the […]

Mother’s pleas for help open trial

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Noe Torres is led to his attorney Stacey Ward by Curry County deputy Chris Roper.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first day of testimony in accused child killer Noe Torres’ murder trial included a mother’s gut-wrenching pleas for help saving her mortally wounded son and two eyewitnesses who put Torres at the scene of the killing. Jurors heard a hysterical Lupe Perez pleading with emergency responders to hurry […]

To do list — March 11

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 Saturday • St. Patrick’s Day dance — 6:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m., Curry County Outlaws perform at Yam Theatre. Information: 575-607-9261. • […]

Pipe crack shuts down Portales water

Staff report Portales’ water supply will be shut off for an unknown amount of time as of 4 p.m. today. Students from Portales High School, Valencia Elementary and James Elementary were sent home just before noon today due to lack of water. During construction on the reuse pipeline for the new wastewater plant, a worker […]

First step to the future

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Portales High student Maria Viera applies for financial aid online with assistance of financial aid officers Chandra Jefferson, right, and Samantha Rector, behind, as her daughter, Aylin, 1, plays on her lap.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales High School students took advantage of an opportunity to take their first steps with college preparation Sunday afternoon. A two-hour sign-up session at the high school allowed students to fill out financial aid applications with the assistance of financial aid officers from Eastern New Mexico University. Most of […]

Family legacy turned to fame

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Bobby Rosales, longtime resident of Clovis and real estate auctioneer, recently found out his DIY Network TV Show “Texas Flip and Move” was renewed for a second season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Bobby Rosales said he never thought he’d be on TV. But as luck and hard work would have it, he’s now one of the auctioneer stars on a hit TV show on the DIY Network and HGTV — “Texas Flip and Move.” The Rosales family moved to Clovis after […]

Clovis man dies after altercation

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com His girlfriend says an act of heroism took Joseph Chavez’s life on Sunday morning. “He saw the fire (from a gunshot) and pushed me out of the way,” Lynette Medina, Chavez’s girlfriend, said on Monday afternoon. “I saw the flame, but I didn’t see who it was directed at. […]

Bill to add school days dies in Senate

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican A bill that would have added 25 days to the school year for younger students died Monday in the Senate Rules Committee. Members defeated the proposed state constitutional amendment on a 4-2 vote. Two Democrats and two Republicans joined together to stop the bill. The sponsor, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, […]

Donut business comes to Farwell

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Dararithy Kea gets information from Joe Whitney for donut orders at the shop’s new Farwell location.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Anybody who’s had the scenic tour of the Texico-Farwell border — more commonly known as “waiting for the train” — knows that on the Farwell side, there’s a prime piece of real estate for the right business. Dararithy Kea was told that on both sides of the border, there was […]

McDonald’s to remove antibiotics from chicken

Staff report New Mexico Public Interest Group (NMPIRG) reported in a press release last week that McDonald’s has announced it will curb the overuse of antibiotics in raising chickens that ultimately become McNuggets or other McDonald’s chicken products. “This is a super-sized change for McDonald’s, and we’re lovin’ it,” NMPIRG Program Director Sean Foran said […]

Keeping an eye on the bottom line is important

It’s important for business owners to focus on the things they do well, yet it’s easy to overlook problem areas. Keeping an eye on the bottom line and adjusting budgets is important, especially when many business owners feel the need for a knee-jerk reaction to cut prices or expenses. Think of that old saying where […]

Aroma of coffee and paint takes me back

The aroma of coffee, oil paints and turpentine floating on the air always transports me to my childhood. Much of my life was spent in the presence of artists taking lessons, giving demonstrations, painting for pleasure. Although I’m not a member, I occasionally attend the monthly meetings of La Escalera Art Guild of Portales. My […]

Meetings watch: Portales school board

Portales Municipal Schools board members met Monday evening at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices in Portales. They took the following action: • Swore in school board members Rodney Savage (District 1), Inez Rodriguez (District 2), and Mary Lou Rowley (District 5). • Recognized students from the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) club for finishing […]