Two dead from gunshots (Updated)

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CNJ staff What apparently started as a friendly barbecue between neighbors at 1004 1/2 Prince Street ended in gunfire and two deaths after a pair of men argued over local gangs, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said Wednesday. Sanders identified the victims killed Tuesday evening as Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25, of Clovis. […]

Suspected shoplifter injured during escape

A shoplifting suspect was apprehended Friday night after customers chased as he fled a store and he slipped and fell, injuring himself, police said. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. at Hobby Lobby in Clovis. The suspect was taken by police to the hospital where he was treated […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Clovis police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up to a […]

Officials decline to reveal new Drug Task Force coordinator

Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made in a […]

Jan. 7, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Sam Sanders has agreed to repave Commercial street with work to start “weather permitting within a week or ten days.” In a conference with Mayor Pat Patterson. Sanders said that his equipment had been tied up in Carlsbad for several months and that job is now completed and he could […]

Class of 1959 planning reunion

PNT Staff Report Members of the Portales High School Class of 1959 are planning a 50 year reunion and searching for contact information of missing classmates. Those individuals are Nadine Arnold Emmett, Carol Block Curtis, Jerry Carlisle, J.L. Coats, Audrey Dial Bucker, Mary Dyer Irwin, Dempsey Herpeche, Barbara Lott Shelton, Yvonne McBath, Paul Mallory, Bob […]

Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel. The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the […]

Wind damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Friends Kayla Sanders, left, and George Garcia have a mess to clean up in Garcia’s backyard. Sunday’s strong winds brought down a tree from a neighboring property, taking down Garcia’s chain link fence and an electrical wire. The tree landed on a few bicycles Garica had in the backyard, where […]

Commission declines to apply for project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners declined to apply for a state highway improvement project. The commissioners motioned and voted against applying for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for N.M. 88. To fix N.M. 88 properly, the entire road would have to be torn apart and widened, […]

Sanders, George get primary wins in Roosevelt County

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Thomas Garcia Republican David Sanders won the District 2 Roosevelt County Commissioner seat and Barbara George defeated Laverne Standifer and Mitchell Morgan in the Republican primary for probate judge in the two locally contested races Tuesday night. George will face Democrat Mark Paternoster in the November general election. Sanders received 59.81 percent (250 votes) defeating […]

District 2 County Commission candidates share thoughts

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer David Sanders faces opposition in his bid for re-election to the District 2 County Commission seat. Sanders, a Republican, is being challenged by Rick Leal, also a Republican. The winner of the primaryelection will be the sole candidate in the general election. Sanders, 72 and retired, has held several […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

B&B honors legacy of entertaining

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Built on a dream and completed in 1947, Casa del Sol has remained a structure of prominence within the city of Portales. Now it’s welcoming guests as a bed and breakfast. Designed by John Gaw Meem, a notable New Mexico architect, the home was built by Bartlett and Evelyn Dewey […]

June 27, 1976

• Portales High School basketball team members Gail Cozzens and Penny Sanders earned the two highest honors at the Eastern New Mexico Sunshine Basketball Camp. Cozzens was named “Miss Basketball” the overall award for the camps top player, while Sanders received the “Miss Congeniality’ award. • Long white potatoes were on sale at Parkway Super […]

Commissioners tour jail facility

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a brief regular meeting Thursday, Roosevelt County Commissioners got a tour of the addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had lunch at the facility. Commissioners approved construction in the spring to alleviate overcrowding. According to RCDC Administrator Jesse Luera, construction progress on the $3.3 million facility […]

ENMU presents Carroll classic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s theatre and dance department will present Alice and Wonderland for their first play of the season. The play will be held at the University Theatre Center and will start this Thursday and run through Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. every evening. This play is roughly […]

Stateside spouse stays busy volunteering

Janet Taylor-Birkey Gidget Sanders is a stateside spouse who has been left behind for four deployments in just three and half years of being married to Senior Airman Nicholas Sander, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, currently deployed to Balad, Iraq. Like many spouses, Mrs. Sanders said coming home to an empty house is one of the […]

ENMU rodeoer in seventh

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Rowdy Sanders is seventh in bull riding while ENMU sophomore Raelyn Gardner is in a three-way tie for 10th in breakaway roping after the second go of the College National Finals Rodeo. Sanders, from Whiteface, recorded a no-score in Tuesday’s second go after posting a […]

Former ENMU standout makes record fish catch

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two years after the end of his college football career at Eastern New Mexico University, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, now a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass on Friday evening at Ute Lake. “No one […]