Funds set aside for Cannon construction

Freedom Newspapers A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]

Convicted poacher receives sentence

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The Clovis man charged with killing and beheading five deer last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and slapped with a $1,000 fine. Darin Hunt, 22, was convicted of five counts of unlawful hunting, five of waste of game and five of […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colleges to receive funds

Freedom Newspapers Thirteen New Mexico colleges and universities, including Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, have been awarded federal funds to support low-income students, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. CCC will receive $235,689 and ENMU will receive $336,121, the release said. The funds, which come through the U.S. […]

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 […]

CAFB captures award for air combat command

PNT Staff Cannon Air Force Base has won the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon news release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release said. The award comes with $100,000 to […]

Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Guardsmen come to aid of infant

Freedom Newspapers Two Army National Guardsmen may have saved a baby’s life after she stopped breathing on Tuesday night. Spc. Gabino Barreras and Sgt. Billy Gonzales, with the 27th Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, were honored Wednesday by security forces leadership for their heroics in resuscitating the 8-month-old girl. Barreras said the […]

Cannon plane makes emergency fuel drop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release happened due to […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

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 […]

Company settles with state

Mike Linn Officials with the locally operated Transwestern Pipeline Company entered into a settlement this week with the state’s environmental department over air violations in the summer of 2001. Transwestern compresses natural gas for transmission through a pipeline at a compressor station located five miles northwest of Portales in Roosevelt County. As part of the […]

Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

‘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 […]

Richardson to announce city funding

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Portales this morning to announce funding allocations for critical water and housing projects in this part of the state, according to state officials. From 9:45-10:30 a.m. today, Richardson will speak at a news conference at Portales City Hall, announcing the allocation of funding for the conversion of […]