Commissioners approve bid for detention center expansion

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners made major steps towards the start of a multi-million dollar construction project which would almost double the capacity of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners during Tuesday’s county meeting awarded the construction bid to Wilson and Wilson Construction of Clovis for the addition to the RCDC. Wilson’s […]

Bail bondsman indicted for battery

Freedom Newspapers Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless was indicted Friday by a Curry County grand jury for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Bayless, 63, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez, 33, and […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

Torres still at large in connection with homicide

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]

Baca trial dates postponed

Freedom Newspapers A murder suspect’s trial date has been postponed. Clifford Baca, 20, had been scheduled to go to trial on May 26. He’s accused of first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of Amber Robinson. On Monday, attorneys asked for a postponement. Prosecutor Donna Mowrer cited “ongoing negotiations,” as the reason for the postponement. Baca […]

Second man arraigned for murder charge

By Tony Parra A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces one count […]

Regents pleased with year so far

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble reported a good fall semester for the university with enrollment up, the passing of General Obligation Bond and the success in athletics. “It has really been a great year,” ENMU Board of Regents President Marshall Stinnett said during Friday’s board meeting. “We were able to […]

City manager stresses need for housing

By Tony Parra City manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of creating more housing developments in Portales to meet the demands of the housing needs in Tuesday’s city meeting. Lee gave those in attendance of the city meeting a presentation to illustrate the importance of developing for a growing population with projections from the comprehensive […]

Colleges insist bond money helps community, too

By Kevin Wilson New Mexico voters approved more than $94 million in bonds on Tuesday to help the state’s colleges and universities upgrade infrastructure. But proponents say the voters’ decision will benefit more than just higher education. “When you think of bonds, you tend to think of how it helps the university and that’s not […]

Nov. 7 Portales Junior High News

Serious volleyball Students teamed up against the teachers for an interesting volleyball tournament Wednesday morning. A pair of student teams played with the winner of that playing a teacher team. The official score indicated that the students won seven of the eight games against teachers. More than one teacher blamed the referee for the scores. […]

Voters OK G.O. bonds

By Ryan Lengerich A school bond that will designate $8 million to Eastern New Mexico University was approved by New Mexico voters on Tuesday. Bond B will allocate $94.5 million to colleges statewide and raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state Board of Finance. […]

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Council supports Bond B Education Bond Issue B is one of those opportunities that come before us supporting our efforts to continue to improve our community. Eastern New Mexico University is a tremendous economic and quality-of-life asset to Portales and Roosevelt County. ENMU employs 700 citizens and offers educational opportunities for almost 4,000 students yearly […]

Oct. 10 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon School closes two days Students and staff alike celebrate Monday in honor of Christopher Columbus. Students also have Tuesday off while teachers participate in professional development trainings. Volleyball seasonends Both the seventh and eighth grade “A” teams head to Clovis to face Yucca Tuesday. Then on Friday and Saturday they will compete […]

Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]

Committee to promote ENMU bond issue

By Tony Parra The General Obligation Bond Proposition B steering committee met on Wednesday to discuss acquiring support for a bond that would provide more than $9.5 million dollars for higher education in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Eastern New Mexico University would receive $8.913 million for buildings and infrastructure on campus. The total bond is […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at […]

Man pleads not guilty to fatal crash

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Tony Parra The criminal history of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a 2-week-old boy may be a factor in a case involving driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. Brian Moshier, 40, was arraigned on Monday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. He has four prior convictions for driving […]

Dora School gets funding

By Mike Linn Residents in the Dora school district voted Tuesday to increase taxes that will help fund a revamping of the school. The bond passed by 124 to 78, or 61 percent of the vote. “It’s wonderful and it will mean a whole lot for many, many years to the community of Dora,” Dora […]