Police drama unfolds before her eyes

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 kbaird@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

The Curry County Board of Commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A 32-item consent agenda including approval of a special commission meeting 9 a.m. July 11 at the ENMU Ballroom in Portales. The meeting will be regarding the lesser prairie chicken and […]

Meetings watch: Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee

The Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at Clovis City Hall at 321 Connelly to discuss the following: • Disc golf course designer Patrick Kitten will give a presentation. • Discussion and action regarding the Corn Hole League utilizing the Colonial Park Golf course ballroom for events. • Discussion and action […]

Police blotter — June 23

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday Caller reported: • 12:42 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1300 block of Mabry Drive. • 1:06 a.m.: Theft report, Seventh and Connelly streets. • 1:11 a.m.: Public affray in progress, Eight and Ross streets. • 1:26 a.m.: Ill subject, 1300 block of North Thornton. […]

What’s happening — June 23

Today Pastor and Church Celebration — 7 p.m., Deliverance Temple Community Church Inc., 905 Rio St. information: 791-0734 Third annual Juneteenth Celebration — 3 p.m., Patterson Chapel CME Church.  3211 Cesar Chavez Street. Information : 749-6570 Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m. City Hall assembly room. Information: 769-7828. Minute-to-Win-it games — […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Norris Street  will continue to be closed to all traffic for an undetermined amount of time for construction, from Colonial Parkway to Wilhite Road. There will be no through traffic allowed, please seek alternate access. Curry County The Curry County road department will […]

Fishing in dark not just song, but way of life

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a hit song called “Fishin’ In the Dark” that stirs me toward the nearest body of water every time I hear it. The tune is a love song in which a couple heads out to the river one early summer night without much regard as to whether the fish […]

Some bucket list items require no passport

There is one thing more exciting, more amazing, than snorkeling in clear turquoise Caribbean water, like those we encountered in our trip to St. Croix. That is being privileged to watch young adults who have never done so, who in some cases have never seen the ocean, do so for the first time. There is […]

Creative Living — June 23

Information on wafer-papering cookies, how to protect children from bullying, and ways to cut down on coughs and colds will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Julia Usher is a pastry chef, author and food stylist, and she’s going to demonstrate a speedy way to add impressive cookie […]

Births — June 23

Landers Zariah Izabella Landers was born May 7, 2013, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla., to Crystal and Ben Landers. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Cindy and Sandy Landers of Clovis, Paula Johnson of Orlando and Greg and Susie Bailon of Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa. Great-grandparents are Nora Casaus and Eddie […]

Club notes — June 23

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly program and officer installation meeting on June 10 at Roma’s Italian Restaurant. Members present were: Sylvia Bean, Judith Glikas, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Sherry Turner, LaDean Jameson, Kelly Dunwell, Gaye Cooke, Judy Cox, Glenda Hileman, Patricia Bazar, Emily Nail and Laurie Westerman.  Guests in attendance […]

On the shelves — June 23

The following books are available: Clovis-Carver Public Library Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood by David Holtby exposes the heroes and scoundrels who played important roles in New Mexico’s hard-fought battles on the road to statehood, recounting the complex set of obstacles that delayed the process for sixty-four years. Sleight of Hand by Phillip […]

Senior happenings — June 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo in Clovis; Sewing class 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Portales Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Bingo 1 p.m. Thursday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. […]

Honors — June 23

Pelfrey Elliott Pelfrey of Texico received a $1,500 scholarship awarded by the Cannon Air Force Base Commissary. He will began his freshman year at the University of New Mexico this fall.

Graduations — June 23

Emch Clovis resident Heather Diane Emch received a bachelor’s of business administration degree in marketing during Howard Payne University’s 2013 Spring commencement on June 13 in Brownwood, Texas.

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 […]

Roosevelt County jail escapee at large (Updated, 12:35 a.m.)

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com One of two inmates who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was still at-large at midnight, according to the Portales chief of police. Area law enforcement agencies were searching for Ruben Lozano, 42, of Portales at press time. Chief Doug Jones said […]

Serial watchers


By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com 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 […]