Forensics dominate day’s testimony

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in her murder trial was known to wear, according to a state crime lab expert’s testimony Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The second day of Richard Baca’s homicide trial was dominated in the […]

Foul odor concerns neighbors

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Zoning and nuisance issues dominated Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. County residents Butch and Tommy Allen raised concerns about a neighbor who has moved in approximately 80 calf hutches on adjoining property near their home just west of the city limits. Not only are the hutches […]

Council sees no opposition

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council received no public opposition concerning matters on the agenda during its regular meeting held in council chambers Tuesday night. • The council voted to approve the preliminary plat for Desert Oasis subdivision without curbcuts. • Changes were approved concerning the rules and regulations of the Portales Cemetery. • […]

Lady Wildcats easily advance to semifinals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The first one in The Pit is out of the way. Now the Clovis High Lady Wildcats can zero in on trying to win a second Class 5A state championship in three years. The Lady Cats used their size and experience to keep Las Cruces High at bay […]

Protectionist measure hinders investment

Editorial Whenever Congress passes something unanimously you can be sure it is either entirely innocuous or utterly stupid and harmful. In the case of a bill the House passed 423-0, to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in certain kinds of U.S. industries and facilities, it is the latter. The bill is […]

Tuesday’s Class 1A girls capsules

Class 1A Girls Quarterfinals No. 6 Fort Sumner vs. No. 3 Hagerman When: 5 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Fort Sumner 18-8, Hagerman 24-4. How they got here: Fort Sumner beat Temple Baptist 58-29. Hagerman beat Carrizozo 75-47. Last state title: Fort Sumner won the Class 1A title in 2005. Hagerman has […]

Portales relying on depth

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Unlike previous seasons, Portales heads into the state tournament without proven stars. What the Lady Rams do have is a deep, role-oriented team that is the favorite to win their fifth Class 3A title in seven years when the state tournament opens today in Albuquerque. “I can play 10 people […]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

Students celebrate with fund-raising on minds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was a little late to celebrate the Chinese New Year but the Chinese culture, along with a mixture of other cultures, was on display Sunday at the Memorial Building. Jane Liu, a nine-year member of the Eastern New Mexico University staff, came up with the idea of a […]

Review: “Believe in Me” modest effort

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By Robert W. Butler: McClatchy Newspapers Really, there is only one sports movie. Hollywood just keeps fiddling with the details. Still, when done well a sports movie can provide substantial pleasures. The blandly titled “Believe in Me” — parts of which were filmed in Clovis and Portales, is one such charmer, a smart, low-keyed real-life […]