Trial update: Expert says one of three shots fatal for ENMU student

The prosecution in the murder trial of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya spent most of Thursday morning questioning key scientific experts in attempt to link the defendant to the death of Angel Vale, 21. A DNA expert testified evidence obtained from one of two plastic cups found in a shed near the scene of the July 22 […]

Three grass fires burn about 2,500 acres in Roosevelt County

lj7j8q-lj7j8746fire3web.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Firefighter Cody Padgett of the Portales Fire Department hoses down some newly erupted flames from one of three fires in Roosevelt County along New Mexico Highway 70 Tuesday afternoon while Firefighter Mike Chaves drives. The three fires burned about 2,500 acres along the highway. Freedom New Mexico Three grass fires […]

Financing options presented to citizens’ committees

lj5n5l-lj5mh145committeepowers.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Seated next to County Manager Lance Pyle, right, Financial Advisor Kevin Powers spoke to members of the Curry County courthouse and jail citizens’ committees about financing options for solutions to over crowding and security at the facilities. Sharna Johnson There are essentially three ways of raising money to fund courthouse […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that have always […]

Press release: Padgett adds three more Zia soccer recruits

PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett has announced the signing of Kellie Hogan (GK, 5-11, Woods Cross, Utah/Woods Cross HS) and Paola Loya (5-6, F, Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque HS) to National Letters of Intent to play for the Zias in the upcoming season. Also joining the lineup will be Amber […]

Anniversaries —

lhxqz0-lhxqxq313brunsonanniversary.jpg

Brunson [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Bobby and Kathie Brunson of Portales celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The celebration was hosted by the Brunsons. The couple was married March 15, 1986, in Portales. They have three children and three grandchildren. He is a floor manager at Eastern […]

Monday morning briefing: Rain facts, road priorities and a deadly standoff

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast weather facts Clovis recorded three years — 1917, 1943 and 1945 — with less than 10 inches of moisture. The city also saw 5.26 inches of rain in a 24-hour period in 1957. Road priorities The Roosevelt County Commission is holding a workshop […]

Workshop offers stock horse training tips

lh1q0o-lh1pzm223agexpostory2.jpg

Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Scott Bagley maneuvers his horse around a steer Tuesday afternoon during his Building a Better Stock Horse demonstration at the 2011 Ag Expo. Scott Bagly of Dimmitt, Texas, returned to the New Mexico Ag Expo for the second year to teach attendees how to train a better stock horse during a […]

Fort Sumner fills three spots in school board election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner voters filled three spots in their at-large school board vote Tuesday. Incumbent Tom Wilton was elected to a second four-year term, while Ray Drake earned his first elected term after serving five months as an appointed member. Kerrilyn Webb, running for her first time, was chosen for the third open spot […]

Pecos League to hold series in Clovis

One day after dropping the Clovis Pioneers from the 2011 lineup, the Pecos League is scheduling a preview of what it hopes could be a launching point to its inclusion in the independent league in 2012. Commissioner Andrew Dunn said Clovis is the scheduled host for a three-game regular season series between the Carlsbad Bats […]

Anniversaries — Jan. 16

lf3i9x-lf3i9u116newberryanniversary.jpg

Newberry Roy H. and Caroline P. Newberry of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12, 2011. The couple was married Jan. 12, 1961, in Grants. They have four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is a retired farmer of sweet potatoes, peanuts, corn, milo and cattle. She is mother of four children.

Incident management courses offered

CNJ staff Three incident management courses will be taught in February at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Courses are intended for emergency response agencies, and are paid for through grant monies. • A Feb. 8 MGT 347 (ICS forms class) course will last 4 hours. There is a requirement of at least […]

Candidates file for school board positions

ldt59w-ldt59a1222schoolboardfilings.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jerome Provencio signs paperwork as he files for Position 1 on the Grady Municipal Schools board of education Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. He is running against Allen Edwards. Liliana Castillo Candidates for school boards across Roosevelt and Curry county filed for district positions Tuesday for Feb. 1 elections. […]

ENMU’s Poku invited to Cactus Bowl

Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jesse Poku has been invited to play in the 2011 Cactus Bowl. The game, which compiles the top seniors from Division II schools, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Poku is a three-time All-Lone Star Conference division selection. He […]

Honors — Dec. 12

ldapsd-ldapsa1212rghemployeeofthemonth.jpg

Grubbs Stacy Grubbs was selected the November Employee of the Month by Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Grubbs is a Referral and Prior Authorization Specialist in the RGH Physicians Clinic and has been employed for the last three years with RGH. Beginning her employment as a clinic receptionist, Grubbs has a smile for everyone and […]

Horseman to demonstrate techniques to resolve behavior issues

CNJ staff Horseman Dennis Reis will be working with Clovis horse owners and enthusiasts this weekend during a three-day clinic at the Curry County Events Center. Reis hosts the show “Dennis Reis Universal Horsemanship” on RFD-TV and is recognized for his “uncanny ability to communicate with horses,” according to a press release. While in Clovis, […]

Ticket feature: Roping series coming to events center

Freedom New Mexico As many as 500 teams are expected to compete in the Matthews Land and Cattle No Bull Series this weekend at the Curry County Events Center. And with prizes such as a three-horse trailer, saddles, buckles, cash and more on the line, the event is sure to be highly competitive, according to […]

Family: Mother of three who died ‘good person’

lc44rh-lc44odcastillomary.jpg

Mary Castillo, 56, died Thursday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a crash Wednesday night. Sharna Johnson Mary Castillo was a mother of three and a “good person” who had a lot of friends in the community. Angel Martinez said his family is still in shock at his sister’s traumatic death Thursday. Castillo, 56, lived […]

School board announces upcoming elections

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Tuesday announcing upcoming school board elections. Board members from districts three, four and five are up for election in February. The election affects Member Rodney Muffley in District Three, President Mark Lansford in District Four and Vice President Terry Martin District Five. The […]