Judge suspends recall election

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A judge on Monday suspended Wednesday’s recall election of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Jonathan B. Sutin of the State Court of Appeals declared the recall election suspended “pending further order of the court,” according to court documents. The judge is scheduled to hear arguments related to Graves’ case on […]

Hospital board elections will be held Tuesday

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Four Portales people are hoping to help with health issues in the Portales community as members of the Roosevelt County General Hospital board, but only two of them will be chosen in Tuesday’s election. Positions are open in District 1 and District 2. Both positions are five-year terms running from […]

Rodriguez Obituary (Oct. 27)

Adriana Rodriguez Services: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, […]

Sept. 25 Local Briefs

Skate park meetings start Youth and parents are invited to a meeting for the creation of a skate park at the Recreation Center. The meetings will be held 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Recreation Center. For information, contact Lorenzo Baca at 760-7562, Jimmy Shiner at 714-5603 or Mary Carvey at 218-5048.

Goddard runs over Rams

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer ROSWELL — Portales, 1-1 in Class 3A play so far, got a rude welcome to its first foray into Class 4A football for the season. The host Goddard Rockets, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, built momentum behind a three-man attack of Jesus Baca, Tommy Spangler and Steven Chaves […]

Lawyer Change means further delay in trial

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the Roosevelt County […]

Family of man charged with homicide requests change of attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff writer Family members of a Portales man feel he has not been represented well by his attorney in a trial in which he is being charged for the homicide of a 19-year-old Portales girl. Richard Baca, 19, is being charged with the homicide of Amber Robinson. Communication between Baca’s family members […]

Airport plans for future

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tom Baca, director of Aviation for the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, emphasized to Portales and Clovis airport officials to plan for the future if they want money. Baca said many funding options could arise for the airports either through federal, state moneys or private investors. All of […]

6/19 Obituaries

B.W. Thomas, 96 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton in Clovis. B.W. “Limey” Thomas, 96, of Clovis, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 21, 1908, in Hale County, Texas, to Benjamin and Janie Calvert Thomas. He married Opal Hair on Aug. […]

Baca pleads not guilty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A 19-year-old Portales man decided against a plea agreement Monday in court and instead will face a murder trial in connection with the death of a city teen. Baca pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is accused of […]

AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the […]

Living wills help people deal with issues of death

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s Advance Directive for Health Care states in plain lettering: “You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.” The standard 8-by-11 inch document, popularly referred to as a living will, can be obtained from most law firms and hospitals. But as the Terri Schiavo case […]

Baca trial dates postponed

Freedom Newspapers A murder suspect’s trial date has been postponed. Clifford Baca, 20, had been scheduled to go to trial on May 26. He’s accused of first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of Amber Robinson. On Monday, attorneys asked for a postponement. Prosecutor Donna Mowrer cited “ongoing negotiations,” as the reason for the postponement. Baca […]

Trial date set for May

By Tony Parra A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before 9th […]

Pre-trial hearings delayed

PNT Staff Pre-trials for Clifford Baca and Richard Baca were delayed by 9th Judicial Court officials to accomodate judges’ schedules with New Mexico legislators on Monday. The pre-trials were originally scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday for Clifford Baca and 11 a.m. Monday for Richard Baca on Monday. Instead, Clifford Baca’s pre-trail will be at 10 […]

Second man arraigned for murder charge

By Tony Parra A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces one count […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Billy the Kid still a newsmaker in 2004

By Mike Linn Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans — namely Lincoln and De Baca County sheriffs Tom Sullivan and Gary Graves, and Capitan Mayor […]

Nov. 4 Obituaries

Bonifacio Baca, 75 Mr. Bonifacio G. “Boney” Baca, 75, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at his home. He was born on Aug. 31, 1929, in Anton Chico, to Benigna and Silverio Baca. He came to Clovis as a young man. He worked at the Hotel Clovis and at a bakery. He married Helen […]

Campos ahead in final stretch

By Kevin Wilson Jose Campos kept his spot as a state representative in District 63 on Tuesday, trouncing Republican challenger Russell Grider by almost 1,000 votes. Campos, D-Santa Rosa, garnered 57 percent of the votes. Grider, R-Clovis, did well in Curry and Roosevelt counties but did poorly in De Baca and Guadalupe counties. Grider was […]