Police blotter — Nov. 11

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 7:24 a.m. — Alarm activation, 8100 block of N.M. 206. • 9 a.m. — Trespass report, 1000 block of East Brazos Street. • 10:57 a.m. — Neighbor problem, 800 block of East Second Street. • 12:38 […]

Veterans Week events — Nov. 11

Today •Open House — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., VFW Post 3015, Clovis. Information: 575-763-6561. • Veterans Day breakfast — 7 a.m.-11 a.m., American Legion Post 25 2400 W. 7th St., Clovis Information: 575-763-3435. • Veterans ceremony — 10:30 a.m., Memorial building, 200 E. 7th St. Information: 575-356-8449.  • Field of Flags — 10:30 a.m., Eastern New Mexico […]

Veterans’ sacrifices awe inspiring

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I was awake in dark, sure it was morning, waiting for my alarm to go off and prove me right. I was eager for the day to arrive because we would be touring Pearl Harbor for the first time. I knew this would be an emotionally charged day. What an […]

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: • Listened to a report on the status of Eastern New Mexico University’s new football stadium. ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr said the university has come up with the $12 million for the project […]

No suspect emerges in Clovis homicide yet

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Despite a litany of interviews and tips, law enforcement officials said Monday they weren’t any closer to identifying any suspects in connection with the Sunday morning slaying of a 23-year-old Clovis woman. The body of Ariel Ulibarri was found around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Goodwin Lake walking trails […]

First wave of ‘Choice Cards’ mailed out

By Tom Philpott Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs has mailed its first medical “Choice Cards,” with letters explaining how to use them, to 320,000 VA-enrolled veterans who reside more than 40 miles from any type of VA medical facility. By late November, another 370,000 vets, those facing waits longer than 30 days for […]

13-year-old’s murder conviction overturned

DeAngelo Montoya was 13 when he was accused of killing Angel Vale in 2010.

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com A state court has overturned a Portales teen’s 2011 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, according to court documents. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in an opinion posted Friday that statements DeAngelo Montoya made to investigators were inadmissible because his age precluded him from waiving his […]

‘Suicidal’ man taken into custody

Portales police on Monday morning took a “suicidal subject” into custody  after a brief standoff with law officers. A news release from Portales police said officers were called to the Los Pueblos Apartment complex in the 1900 block of South Avenue I about 8:45 a.m. “after a male subject dialed 911 advising he wanted to […]

Legislators speak on session

By Kevin Wilson and Steve Hansen Staff writers kwilson@cnjonline.com shansen@qcsunonline.com The wave that brought Republicans control of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday should produce significant ripples come late January. The annual legislative session begins at noon Jan. 20 in Santa Fe, and the 60-day session closes noon March 21. Legislation may be pre-filed […]

Groups split on meeting place

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com New Mexico’s Sierra Club chapter has asked the Santa Fe state district court to require hearings on dairy farm water pollution rules to be held in Santa Fe. The state’s water quality control board plans to hold the hearings in Roswell. The lawsuit is the latest tactic in a […]

Meteorologists predict above-average snowfall

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Are you dreaming of a white Christmas by the fire or a clear afternoon for golf? Weather experts say the former is more likely. To speculate on what Mother Nature might bring Clovis and Portales this fall and winter, meteorologists and scientists look to the sea, measuring the temperature […]

To do list — Nov. 9

Tuesday • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Veterans ceremony— 10:30 a.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. in Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool […]

Vet’s military career dedicated to three branches

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
From left, Herschal Wall, Felipe Martinez and Richard Baldridge represent the U.S. Navy at Thursday’s Veterans Day breakfast at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Martinez also served in the Army and Air Force.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is home to many generations of veterans who served in conflicts around the world. Here is the story of one man who led a life of dedication and sacrifice for three branches of the military. Felipe Martinez was born in Cuervo in 1936 and his family moved […]

Prospective students toured ENMU on Senior Preview Day

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University held its eighth annual Senior Preview Day on Saturday, giving prospective students a chance to take a tour of the campus and see what classes the school offers. It also gave parents a chance to learn about the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships. High […]

Newspaper thieves, we are watching

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher First of all, to the many that follow the honor system, thank you. We appreciate your business very much. But to the rest of you, I really do not get it. Newspaper racks work on an honor system. You put your coins in for the paper, and you take a paper. […]

County building demo could start in weeks

By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com Demolition could start in three to four weeks at Curry County’s Gidding Street building. County commissioners approved a request Friday to start the process of obtaining permits, despite objections from Commissioner-elect Chet Spear the commission was “getting the cart before the horse.” Spear pointed out commissioners haven’t yet approved a $15 […]

Pages past — Nov. 8

On this date … 1969: New Mexico House Speaker David Norvell had been dropped from the list of dignitaries invited to participate in Clovis’ Veterans Day Parade because of his stand on Vietnam. Norvell had called the war a “monstrous error” and demanded President Nixon live up to promises to halt the fighting. Norvell said […]

Air gun found during school lockdown

Staff report Portales police requested a lockdown Friday morning at Portales High School after a caller reported seeing a gun being waved around in a vehicle near the school, according to police. Detective Charlie Smart said after gaining consent from the parents who owned the vehicle, police discovered an air pistol that shoots plastics bullets […]

Laundry can be hot zone in marriage

By Grant McGee Local columnist Stepping out of the utility room at The Stucco Hacienda, I spoke up so The Lady of the House could hear me in the kitchen. “I am about to utter some words I’m sure you never thought you’d hear come from me,” I said. “Oh?” said The Lady of the […]

Clovis man guilty of sexual assault

Staff report Daniel Bayless, 51, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of the August 2013 sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, according to a press release issued late Friday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The release said Bayless faces a mandatory 18 years in prison, must serve at least 85 […]