ENMU students participate in Spain archaeological dig

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Courtesy photo: Ethan Ortega Eastern New Mexico University archeology student Ethan Ortega uncovered the first intact piece of pottery of the summer at the excavation site for the pre-Roman civilization, the Vaccea. Ortega discovered the one-month summer program when he started researching student field work on the Internet. Alisa Boswell Two Eastern New Mexico University […]

Investigators still seeking crash details

CNJ Staff Crash investigators are still trying to determine which of two vehicles involved in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday night was driving in the wrong lane, according to State Police Lt. Gary Ross. Three men Clovis men were killed around 5 p.m. when two vehicles crashed in the southbound lane of N.M. 209 north […]

Positive growth can be credited toward Ortega

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Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that. “I […]

Muleshoe child dies in fire

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 4-year-old Muleshoe boy was killed Wednesday afternoon in a fire at his residence, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sixi Alfredo Barrera Ortega was trapped by an intense fire that erupted in a small building behind the family’s residence on Sixth Street, Frieda said. Ortega’s mother, Maria […]

Newman Project gets off ground

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Richard and Louise Smith value their independence, however, health problems and a string of attempted break-ins have left them worried about their safety. Peace of mind arrived for the retired Portales couple Thursday via the Newman Project, a senior safety program instituted by District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office. […]

Portales mayor opposes more Ute studies

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision […]

Cannon group presses forward

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for […]

Governor backs Ute Water project

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

Local Roundup: Steel business funds embezzled

By CNJ Staff The owner of a Clovis steel business reported Friday more than $20,000 was embezzled from company accounts since January, according to police reports. Brandon Reid of Steelworks told police a former employee had written and cashed several checks between January and August. The expenditures were unrelated to company business, the report said. […]