Ammonia release causes evacuation of local plant

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The DairiConcepts plant west of Portales was evacuated Tuesday morning for about an hour, and two plant employees were treated at the Roosevelt General Hospital after an accidental release of ammonia, according to a company press release. The employees were sent to the hospital for undisclosed reasons and released […]

ENMU hosting state’s future journalists

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Twenty-two high school students from around the state scrambled around a computer lab Monday afternoon desperate to meet their Tuesday evening deadline for The Future Press, a small newspaper students produce in the New Mexico Press Association’s yearly journalism workshop. In its 26th year, the workshop at Eastern New […]

PNT wins five press awards

PNT Staff Report AMARILLO — The Portales News-Tribune picked up five awards on Saturday from Texas’ Panhandle Press Association. PNT staffers, along with journalists from the Clovis News Journal, produced a series of reports about the future of Cannon Air Force Base, which earned the PPA’s Community Service award, one of the organization’s top prizes. […]

Community Service Center drops transit service in city’s lap

By Tony Parra Portales Area Transit system will have a new operator next month. Community Services Center will end its affiliation with the bus system on March 24, its Executive Director Pam O’Malley announced in a press release. O’Malley said the reason was because the city wanted to run the PAT system. The city of […]

Dora residents concerned over highway’s condition

By Tony Parra Cold weather delayed the completion of highway construction between Dora and Portales leaving the road partially gravel in places. Residents are adjusting to the road conditions, but worry about its safety and the broken windshields the gravel is causing. The goal is to complete the highway project by June, according to a […]

Portales woman found guilty of arson, abuse

PNT Staff A Portales woman was found guilty of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud on Friday, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall, 27, could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said sentencing […]

Aranda scores 26 to help Rams pull away

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Mark Gallegos has said the biggest problem so far is that the Ram basketball squad has no defensive identity. They had it when they needed it, and Daniel Aranda provided the offensive identity as the Rams defeated Class 4A Moriarty 66-51 Saturday night. The Rams couldn’t do […]

Crash leaves woman, new born son dead

PNT Staff The woman who died in Tuesday’s crash on South Prince Street was pregnant, officials said. Guadalupe Esquibel, 27, of Clovis, and her unborn son perished in the crash that involved a 1993 Pontiac and semi-tractor trailer. Three passengers remained in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday night; one was treated and released from the […]

BRAC Briefs

Amarillo Chamber to visit Clovis Representatives of the city of Amarillo, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Amarillo Economic Development Council will visit Clovis on Thursday, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. The representatives will host a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, and […]

6/19 Police Briefs

Teen may face careless-driving charge Prosecutors say a Questa teen who caused a motorcycle crash that left two Colorado men dead last year will not face vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter charges, The Associated Press reported. But District Attorney Matthew Chandler, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, said 16-year-old Gerald Bailon […]

Road crewman struck, killed by construction vehicle

Freedom Newspapers A Socorro-area man was struck and killed by a road construction vehicle Thursday morning on U.S. 60/84 west of St. Vrain, according to state police. Melvin Lucero, 56, of Polvadera, an employee of Cutler Construction, was working as part of a road crew when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., according to […]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

Illinois company leases ClientLogic building

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers An Illinois-based customer service company signed a lease Wednesday to rent the old ClientLogic building. The company, SEI, is immediately looking to hire bilingual employees from the area for customer support positions, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. In all, the call center is expected […]

Clovis man sentenced to 14 1/2 years

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing a pedestrian in what officials say was an alcohol-related accident. Joe Martinez Jr., 34, pleaded no contest to the charges against him in the fall and was adjudged guilty of homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene […]

United Way campaign extends past deadline

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County United Way board members are still working on this year’s fund-raising campaign, according to a press release from Erinn Burch, executive director of Curry and Roosevelt County United Way branches. Burch reported the RCUW has raised $44,984, about 75 percent of the goal of $60,000. RCUW had collected $34,019 in […]

Alleged dumping results in charges

By David Irvin An investigation involving several state agencies including the attorney general’s office led to charges against a Melrose man accused of illegally dumping a contaminated byproduct from ethanol production into a roadside ditch in 2002. Wendell Bostwick, 58, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to disposing of a solid waste in a place […]

Cheese plant looking for construction workers

Freedom Newspapers The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 talented workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company. If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in […]

PNT staff awarded at press contest

Freedom Newspapers PNT staff AMARILLO — The (Texas) Panhandle Press Association on Saturday awarded five honors to Portales News-Tribune staff members at its annual awards banquet. PNT photographer Lisa Sonnenschein captured a first-place award for feature photography. PNT Managing Editor Mike Linn, staff writer Kevin Wilson and columnist Helena Rodriguez also captured awards in the PPA’s […]

PHS wins award for yearbook staff

PNT Staff The 2002/2003 Portales High School yearbook staff recently won an honorable mention after placing in the top 10 percent of 8,000 schools publishing annuals through Talyor Publishing Company. Yearbooks published by Taylor were evaluated for excellence in one or more of the following areas: Cover design, theme development and page design. PHS yearbook […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]