Inmate’s recent escape from jail not first attempt


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show that the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the […]

DWI forfeiture decision tabled


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer A county DWI vehicle seizure and forfeiture ordinance will not be enforced until at least September, and there is a possibility it will be repealed. The ordinance calls for the seizure of repeat DWI offender’s vehicles upon arrest or conviction. Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn motioned to […]

Board backs Myers on middle school zoning issue

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to stand by Superintendent Terry Myers’ decision to require middle school students to attend the school in which they are zoned. Myers had initially said he would grandfather in all eighth-graders wishing to attend a specific school, but that […]

Chamber seeking fireworks funds


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Independence Day is just around the corner and Clovis is gearing up for the 18th annual Smoke on the Water celebration. Live music, food vendors and a fireworks display will highlight the event, which will kick off at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Green Acres Park. […]

Business feature: K-Bob’s back in business


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Pumpkin farmers Ken Davis and Duane Miller took a break from work Monday to eat lunch at the recently reopened K-Bob’s Steakhouse “We missed it,” Miller said while eating steak and a baked potato. “Because of the salad bar and meat.” “Clovis needed another steak house,” Davis said. […]

Police drama unfolds before her eyes

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

Freedom, unity celebrated at Juneteenth


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer For Khalilah Slaughter, Saturday was a chance to celebrate freedom, unity and togetherness for human kind. Slaughter was one of thousands of area residents who gathered at Potter Park to enjoy good food, games, swimming and community camaraderie at the annual Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza. Juneteenth is celebrated across […]

Official: Feral swine on way out


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]

Portales jail boss: Inmates escaped through AC vent in cell

Lozano front

The two Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who escaped Friday night went through an air conditioning vent in the ceiling of a cell, jai administrator David Casanova said this morning. Casanova said jail video footage shows inmates Ruben Lozano, 42, and Stephen Phillips jumping off the roof at 9:02 p.m. Phillips was captured soon after […]

Serial watchers


By Lillian Bowe Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix. Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has […]

Students stuck in middle of policy change

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Denay Domanski was all set for her eighth-grade year at Marshall Middle School, when she would served as student council president and captain of the cheerleading squad. To her family’s dismay, Domanski was recently told she must attend the new Gattis Middle School for her eighth-grade year since […]

Library zoo visit a scream

CNJ staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Cody Machen, a zookeeper at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, shows one of the many snakes brought to the library as part of Zoo Day Wednesday afternoon.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Zookeeper Cody Machen stuck his hand in a box as more than 50 children at the Clovis-Carver Library waited quite impatiently for the reveal. The little library visitors screamed and jumped up in excitement as Machen pulled out a bull snake that had wrapped itself around his arm […]

Muleshoe takes brunt of storm


By Kevin Wilson and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Turns out Monday’s heavy rain was just a warmup for Muleshoe. The west Texas city got drenched Wednesday night, with readings of 1.95 inches at the National Weather Service’s station by Channel 6 and 1.25 inches at the Mesonet station two miles south of the city. […]

Dishonor in the ranks


New police chief says he knew he was inheriting problems, is working hard to fix them By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor One evening in January, a Wal-Mart employee alleged uniformed Portales Police Officer Fred Hamner walked up to her and  unzipped her jacket. She gave investigators this account of what happened next: “(Hamner) […]

Mother, daughter reunited

CNJ staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Brenda Depperman, left, and Laurie Campagnuolo embrace Monday before Campagnuolo returned to Florida. Depperman gave up Campagnuolo — and her twin sister — for adoption 44 years ago.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer Brenda Depperman was 14 and pregnant in 1969. Her mother, knowing the stigma of teen pregnancy during that time, sent her to Booth Memorial Home, a home for pregnant teens ran by the Salvation Army in El Paso, Texas. Depperman decided to give up her child for adoption. […]

Clovis natives contest finalists


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer A pair of siblings native to Clovis are finalists in a Nevada business competition with a top prize of $100,000 in start-up money. David Rolley, who played basketball and drummed in the marching band at Clovis High School, said his company, Fitronix, sells a motion sensory system that […]

Area lakes still open for business


By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer The extended drought in New Mexico has caused water levels to drop across the state, but all of the lakes in the region are still open for business. “All of our lakes are lower than what we would normally have at this time of year,” explained Toby Velasquz, […]

Derby racers turn up heat


By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer Twelve years of racing in the Clovis Soap Box Derby hasn’t slowed down the Womack and Renfro families. Jared Womack, 21, is a veteran of the Clovis race, having competed eight times during his years of eligibility. “I’m probably the one with the most years racing without ever […]

Photos link to past


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Jeanette Pitcher says the buffalo grass grew freely in New Mexico during the early 1900s, well at least that’s a tale she heard passed down from her ancestors who homesteaded in Elida. Pitcher, who lives in Oregon and is a native of Artesia, has collected photos that she […]

Blackwater Draw site hosts archaeology students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Meng Zhang, a Chinese archaeological student studying at University of New Mexico, water screens soil to find any fragments that weren’t discovered during excavation.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The sun beat down on Emily Jones as she crouched down to dust off the area she just excavated. It was almost quitting time for a snack, but Jones didn’t let the searing 90-degree heat bother her Wednesday because she was still feeding off the energy she got […]