Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:49 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of North Industrial Street. • 5:20 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 400 block of North Avenue L. • 7:03 a.m.: Welfare check, walk in. • 9 a.m.: Warrant service, […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. 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., Portales […]

Dora school news

Report cards Dora students will receive report cards to take home today. These will show grades from the third grading period of this school year. PARCC test Dora Elementary students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests today through Thursday. Parents are encouraged to have […]

Clovis police seeking 2 for questioning in homicide

Staff report Clovis police have added one more “person of interest” they’d like to speak with in connection with Sunday’s homicide, but no one had been arrested for the slaying by noon Monday. Capt. Patrick Whitney said investigators want to question Manuel “Meklo” Duran, 20, about the incident.  Investigators are also seeking Brandon Cordova, 32, […]

Child Find clinics coming to area schools

By Jackie Johnson Staff Writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Free preschool screening clinics for children ages birth to 5 years are coming to Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties. The Child Find awareness program sponsors the screenings, which will be held at schools in each county. Jan Filpi of Logan Municipal Schools said the Child Find program works with […]

RGH staff trains for non-medical emergencies

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Roosevelt General Hospital safety officer John Bridges, center, plays the aggressor as RGH staff subdue him during the hospital’s non-violent crisis intervention class at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With new training aimed at emergency preparedness, Roosevelt General Hospital staff is being educated on how to handle any situation the hospital could find itself in. RGH safety officer John Bridges said the training program has been in place for about a year and features specific classes that focus […]

Bill: Time change disruptive to commerce, schedules

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Hopefully your cell phone updated the time automatically this morning and your plans went off without a hitch. But, if you still dread “springing forward” an hour at 2 a.m. for daylight saving time, there may be better times ahead. Sen. Cliff Pirtle from Roswell introduced a bill that […]

Notebook — March 8

Coming up … • The Floyd Jamboree. Billed as traditional country music featuring the area’s most talented singers and musicians. 7 p.m. March 26-29 nightly at Floyd High School. Sunday Gospel Show at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for each show. Things to watch … • Clovis Mayor David Lansford turning up the heat to […]

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge hosts large sandhill crane population

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The refuge is best known for hosting one of the largest concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes in North America. It is estimated that 15 percent of the lesser sandhill crane population depends upon the refuge between the fall and spring.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge in southern Bailey County is a major stopping off point for water fowl migrating between Canada and Mexico. Reason to go: Birds, birds and more birds. The refuge is best known for […]

Whispering Jack breaks it down

Alisa Boswell

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor I have decided if people want life broken down for them in the most simplistic, yet straight-forward way, all they need to do is listen to Whispering Jack Smith. Smith, born John Schmidt, was a 1920s singer who had a unique and distinctive “whispering” style of singing in which he […]

Should have stood up for myself

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Nazi Thailand Communist (expletive). These four words were my nickname at Borden elementary school. It was given to me by the three boys that sat behind me on the bleachers during my first day of school. I’d moved to Borden, Indiana, after Mom remarried and I had to finish my […]

To do list — March 8

Today • College application help — 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Portales High School computer lab next door to PHS cafeteria. You will need Social Security number, W-2/other income forms for previous year, 2014 IRS 1040 tax returns and other 2014 income and benefits information. Information: 575-356-7015. Tuesdays • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime […]

Jury selection for Torres murder trial starts Monday

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Noe Torres enters the courtroom prior to his pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of accused child killer and longtime fugitive Noe Torres. Torres faces seven felony charges: first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, shouting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit shooting at an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm […]

Area officials: Homelessness growing

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Aside from the occasional individual holding up a sign for money on the side of the street, much of the homeless population in Clovis and Portales is hidden from sight. But it is a growing issue, according those working on the front lines. Erinn Burch, executive director of the […]

Pages past — March 8

On this date … 1957: Traffic signals were removed from the intersection at First and Main streets in Portales to accommodate Highway 70 construction. Lights on Second Street were expected to be removed soon. In the interim, police advised that traffic on First and Second streets had the right of way, but suggested it would […]

Speech impediment a dream killer

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Understandably, the subject of today’s column requested anonymity. I will call him “Frustrated.” The High Plains resident said in his 50-plus years he has confided his secret to only a handful of trusted friends (finally including me). Since childhood, he has coped with a speech impediment — enduring ridicule from […]

Water board thins resumes for exec position

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board members selected the resumes of six candidates Friday applying for its $100,000-$120,000 salaried executive director position. The executive director would run daily operations on the Ute Lake water pipeline project, according to authority Chair Gayla Brumfield. Brumfield announced the selection after an […]

Women have made strides, but far from finished

By Jackie Johnson Staff Writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is observing Women’s History month with celebrations and discussion forums throughout March. Chelsea Starr, assistant professor of sociology at Eastern New Mexico University, said she thinks it is important to acknowledge the millions of women who have worked to create change and give women’s history […]

Trial of accused child killer, Noe Torres, to start Monday

STAFF REPORTS The jury trial of accused child killer Noe Torres scheduled to start Monday will mean extra security at the Curry County Courthouse for the next two weeks. During the two weeks of trial the only entrance visitors can use is the ADA entrance located on the south side of the building, according to […]

Watch for unsuspecting critters after time change

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies It’s just not fair. Sure, getting up before the sun and losing a precious hour of sleep has its disadvantages, but getting home before dark is kind of nice, and at least there are a few more hours of daylight to do things. But wild things go to […]