Press Release: Winter storm warning until Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow…which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 a.m. Tuesday. • Snow accumulations…snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches

ENMU administrators mull tuition increase

PNT Staff Report At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting at the ENMU-Roswell campus Thursday afternoon, Regents: • heard the administration is looking into tuition increases, departmental cuts in supplies and services, and leaving vacated positions unfilled to deal with possible cuts in legislative appropriations, said President Steven Gamble. The worst-case scenario […]

Officials expect 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in Curry County. Officials said snow will develop this morning and continue throughout the afternoon. One to 3 inches of snow is expected, mainly over the southern portion of Curry County, NWS reported. Officials urged travelers to expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Hounds test No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico As of Friday afternoon, Mark Ribaudo was still hedging on who would be his starting quarterback today. With Eastern New Mexico University’s football team in southeast Texas to face Lone Star Conference South Division foe Texas A&M-Kingsville tonight, Ribaudo said he wasn’t quite sure if sophomore J.J. Harp, one […]

Clovis man shot in abdomen

Freedom New Mexico A 28-year-old Clovis man was in surgery Monday night after police said he was shot in the abdomen that afternoon. Clovis Police Sgt. Mike Harmer said Francisco Elvedo’s condition was unknown Monday night and he was undergoing surgery at Plains Regional Medical Center. At the time the shooting was reported to police, […]

Oct. 23, 1964

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Greyhound quarterback Benjy Dial would find the going hot and heavy Saturday afternoon in Sequin, Texas, when ENMU took on the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs.

Fire destroys dairy building

PNT Staff Report A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a building used to store dry milk at Western Star Dairy near Floyd. No one was injured. Floyd Fire Department Lt. Steven Cain said Thursday night the 40-foot-by-40-foot shop was a total loss. According to Cain: • the cause of the fire was still under investigation. • […]

County helps with grassfire

PNT staff Roosevelt County fire crews helped fight a grassfire 45 miles south of Elida on Thursday afternoon, said Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The last available update, given before 5 p.m., was that 6,000 had burned, he said.

Abandoned building burns

By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer An abandoned building on East Brazos in Portales caught fire late Tuesday night. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Wednesday afternoon the damage was so extensive investigators weren’t cleared to walk through the structure and could not determine the cause of the fire. “When the guys got out there, […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman […]

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

PNT staff A 29-year-old Roosevelt County woman was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of hitting a 12-year-old girl with her car and leaving the scene, said Portales Police Detective Todd Moore. A white, four-door luxury car struck the girl about 4 p.m. Monday on North Avenue J. Moore said the girl had no major injuries. […]

Code names don’t tell real story

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sanity is why I want to be in the White House. Monday afternoon, I found out the Secret Service has tagged the family of President-elect Barack Obama with codenames, all beginning with “R.” I don’t think I particularly like Barack Obama’s actual codename of “Renegade.” If you take […]

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze […]

Attack on detention officers under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 28-year-old Curry County inmate was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer Friday afternoon after he attacked two detention officers with a makeshift shank, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Police said Guadalupe Urquizo attacked the officers about 6 p.m. Thursday when the officers entered […]

Hounds and Zias begin practice, feel disrespected

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound and Zia basketball teams began practice Wednesday afternoon, and both teams had an extra bounce in their steps and a chip on their shoulders. Both teams were picked to finish last in the Lone Star Conference South division preseason poll — and both […]

Seeking wheel watchers

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Shane Vigil Puts up a Wagon Wheel tailgate sign outside of Eddy Hall Thursday afternoon. The Greyhounds host West Texas A&M Saturday in the annual Wagon Wheel football game. A preview of the game will be available in Saturday’s Portales New-Tribune.

Different driving gear

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Portales High School freshman Chrisula Heber tries her hand at a DWI simulator Wednesday afternoon outside Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building as Jeff Lukaart runs the program outside the car. Lukaart is with the Public Education and Empowerment Resource Service (PEERS) currently visiting ENMU. PEERS is a non-profit program aimed at educating children.

Police investigate shooting report at Clovis restaurant

Freedom New Mexico Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported during an incident at Clovis’ Kentucky Fried Chicken on Wednesday afternoon. A KFC manager said the shooting occurred near the restaurant’s drive-thru. “One of our employees’ ex-boyfriend was trying to shoot at her (current) boyfriend,” said Manager Rosie Wesley, but added, “nobody (really) knows […]