On the lookout

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales, he was greeted by the owners and manager. Carrying a clipboard, Marshall headed directly to the kitchen. His first order of business; washing his hands. Marshall is one of three health inspectors with the New Mexico Environment Department based in [...]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, [...]

1-20-08 Public Record

The following people recently applied for a marriage license with the Roosevelt County clerk’s office: • Celso S. Perez, 22, of Cuatemoc, Chih, Mexico and Yadira Y. Baca, 19, of Portales • Robert D. Stewart, 31, of Tucumcari and Cristin L. Fitzpatrick, 28, of Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. • Marco A. Bustamante, [...]

Tornado blasts area in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the first of four stories reviewing the top news of 2007. This installment deals with January, February and March. The first three months of 2007 were dominated by newsmaking weather and homicide headlines that gripped Roosevelt County. Perhaps the story of the year for [...]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday [...]

Nov. 13, 2007 It’s their job

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Name: Jonathan Baca Job: Server at Pizza Hut Time on the job: Seven months Background: Baca graduated from Portales High School in 2006. Before going to work at Pizza Hut, he painted cars. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Getting all my servers in line and getting them ready for the day, opening the [...]

Fighters prepare for Clovis cage event

By Tony Gutierrez, Freedom Newspapers Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This will be the fifth fight Baca [...]

Baca given max sentence

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Baca was convicted March 7 by a jury in a Portales courtroom of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree evidence tampering. Quinn had [...]

April 27, 1980

• Doug Orebaugh was named the offensive football coach at Eastern New Mexico University. • Eastern New Mexico University senior Peggy Baca won an individual first at the St. Mary’s University Rifle Match that was held in San Antonio. Baca scored 197 out of a possible 200 points. • The Sunday special at Kentucky Fried [...]

Baca found guilty

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber Robinson of Portales unconscious in the kitchen of the Baca home and burying her alive in the back yard [...]