Local fire chief recounts his part in rescue efforts

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales Fire Chief shared his story Monday morning at a memorial in Portales for the victims of 9/11. Muniz told the crowd […]

Elderly Portales man beaten and robbed at home

PNT Staff An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was found unconscious and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital and then to […]

Clovis bank robbed

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base explosives experts determined the “box-type device” was not explosive, officials said. Members of the Cannon Explosives Ordnance Disposal team spent more than an hour […]

Fire destroys building in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fire destroyed a shop building on South Globe in Portales early Friday morning, sending thick clouds of black smoke rolling across the city. Total damage caused by the fire, including the shop and its contents and two RVs parked inside was estimated at $650,000, according to fire officials. Portales […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

Deaths in Fort Sumner investigated

Freedom Newspapers State Police are investigating a pair of deaths just southeast of Fort Sumner. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state police said. The bodies were found in the morning by a family member outside […]

Residents try to help community by aiding movie crew

By Tova Fruchtman A Clovis family spent a few hours looking through old yearbooks on Friday night getting ideas for their costumes. By 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Ratledges were all dolled up and waiting with about 80 other people in a gym at Gattis Junior High School to be a part of the crowd […]

Residents required for movie scene

By Mike Linn With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of female customers at a local salon joke they resemble their mothers. Their hair sticks to the tops of cars, is held to together with a lacquer-like hair spray and can’t be washed. Not until filming is over, at least. […]

Clovis man found shot to death

By David Irvin CLOVIS — A Clovis man was found shot to death on Wednesday morning at his residence at 1725 Gidding St., police said. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide. No arrests had been made late Wednesday night. It is unclear when Michael Binder, 41, died, but police said they […]

Unexpected mishaps overshadow the big city scene

Mike Linn I grew up in a city that harbors more than 1 million people, requires an hour to get from the southern end to the northern tip and has more scenes than a Star Wars trilogy. There’s the punk scene, the surfer “howly” scene, the hillbilly “darn wind too strong for squirrel huntin’ ” […]