Opening arguments in murder trial begin

Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. Taylor has pleaded […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

Nov. 9, 1970

Portales High School Ram cagers began drills last Monday in preparation for their season’s opener Dec. 4, against West Las Vegas.

Getting to know: Engineer began volunteer work in college

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Name: Antonio Sanchez Job: Engineering manager for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. and owner of Eastern New Mexico Engineering. Background: Sanchez grew up in Raton and moved to Portales in September 1999. He is married to Layle and has three children under the age of 9. Where he’s volunteered: Rotary Club and Roosevelt County Chamber […]

Local dealers: Cash for Clunkers program had varied results

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Cash for Clunkers program, which has been successful nationwide in spurring new-car sales since it began in late July, had mixed impacts on local dealers through its conclusion Monday. “We had a lot of positive response out of it,” said Tim Baldwin, the sales and new car manager […]

Curry County inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was being held on a parole warrant, pending a new hearing by the parole board, when he was erroneously […]

March 7, 1978

A “truck shut-down” coordinated by area farmers began

Jan. 27, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Portales Livestock Commission’s ninth annual equipment sale that began the day before

Zias routed by West Texas

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Zia soccer team began its Lone Star Conference schedule with a 7-1 loss to the defending LSC champion West Texas A&M Lady Buffs Monday afternoon in Canyon, TX. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Zias (3-4, 0-1 LSC South), while the Lady Buffs are […]