Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of a Roosevelt County man accused of contracting the 2005 shooting death of a county rancher. Tuesday in District Court, Judge Drew Tatum ruled there is probable cause to believe an aggravating circumstance, namely […]

ENMU rodeo women finish fourth, men sixth

Freedom New Mexico Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in […]

Zias to host volleyball tournament April 18

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team will host a seven-team tournament April 18 at Greyhound Arena. The Zias and an alumni Zia squad will kick things off at 9 a.m., as the Zias face New Mexico Military Institute and the alumni takes on Lubbock Christian University. The Zias and alumni will […]

April 8, 1940

The Portales Daily News reported that a local fruit grower, J.A. Sanders, saved his fruit during a recent heavy snow storm by burning crude oil, automobile tires and old batteries among the trees. The blossoms of 1,000 peach trees, 450 pear trees, 400 plum trees and 150 apple trees all seemed to be in good

April 7, 1953

The decision for an Easter-themed

Portales seeks outside investigators’ help on local fires

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The State Fire Marshal’s Division is investigating three commercial fires in Portales that occurred over a 10-day period at the request of local authorities. The latest was Sunday afternoon at Portales Valley Mills. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Sunday’s fire appeared to have started on the second floor […]

It’s their job: Female barber a rarity

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Name: Yantie Love Job: Master barber at Herb’s Barbershop Background: I grew up in Texico and moved to the Floyd in 1997. Time on job: I have been in the field for 24 years. I have spent the last 13 years here at Herb’s. What does your job entail? I just cut hair. I don’t […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from […]

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock after the two had an argument in the early morning hours Thursday. The witness, an employee of a Roswell milk testing company, said he, Brandon Barela and Ronnie Hittson had left a Clovis bar together and, “went to […]

Portales Valley Mills catches fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fire caused minimal damage to the Portales Valley Mills building on Sunday and a firefighter injured battling the blaze was released after treatment, officials said. The fire was the third in 10 days involving city businesses. Lt. Mike Golden of the Portales Fire Department said Sunday an investigator told […]

Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

Hounds fine-tune game

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds are no longer a former option offense switching to the spread. As coach Mark Ribaudo says, they’re a spread offense trying to compete in the Lone Star Conference. “It’s not a transition any more,” said Ribaudo, set to enter his fifth year at the […]

Hounds split with Bulldogs

Freedom New Mexico WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Senior catcher Freddy Carmona highlighted an eight-run second with a three-run double, while right fielder Ethan Wagner hit a grand slam and first baseman Seth Clabaugh whacked a pair of solo homers to lift Eastern New Mexico University past Southwestern Oklahoma 16-6 Saturday in the first game of a […]

April 5 Public Record

The following marriage certificates were filed with the county between March 20 through April 1: • Jeremy O. O’Neal, 31, to Valerie E. O’Neal, 29, both of Portales • Jay S. Bowers, 48, of Texico, to Sheila K. Hodnett, 42, of Portales • Mercedes Olague Pacheco, 44, to Juanita Alvarez, 51, both of Plainview, Texas […]

Senior Olympics opens event

This year only, New Mexico Senior Olympics is open to all state residents age 50 and up with no pre-qualifying needed. The organization is also introducing online registration at www.nmseniorolympics.org. Registration deadline is May 6. This year’s New Mexico Senior Olympics is May 27-31 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Competitions include track, […]

Commissioners to meet Tuesday

The Roosevelt County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Courthouse. The agenda includes recommendations from the Tomorrow’s Leaders Youth Town Hall Forum, an application for a COPS grant and budget adjustments for an increase in the clerk user fee and allocation of sheriff’s seizure funds.

Preparing lean beef featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Council to decide on buying municipal court building

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer At Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, councilors are set to consider whether to buy the Municipal Court building, which the city has been leasing. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. Since July 1999, city Finance Director Marilyn Rapp said, the city has been leasing […]