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 […]

Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]