Holiday entertainment industry booming

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers You may have heard about The Jingle Bell Rock, but what about a holiday rock opera? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy, a CD and DVD collection, is not your typical Christmas music. Fernando Garcia, assistant manager of Hastings Books Music & Video in Clovis, describes this popular holiday release as […]

Charter school appeal heard

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will have to wait until after Christmas to know whether it will be organized under the umbrella of the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education. New Mexico Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia heard from school sponsors as well as Portales school officials during an […]

Garcia receives five-year sentence

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday on charges related to the embezzlement of $139,164 from two employers, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tammy Jo Garcia, 34, of Portales pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement, one count […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

Cannon police officer arrested for attempting to lure child

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A high-ranking enlisted military police officer at Cannon Air Force Base was charged Friday with attempting to entice an 11-year-old girl over the Internet into having sexual relations with him, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation by state police and Air […]

Armitage qualifies for finals

Freedom Newspapers Kenna Armitage of Elida qualified for the National Finals College Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Armitage, a Portales native who graduated from Elida High School in 2003, is a sophomore at New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M. “There are not many teams that start a rodeo program, and then go […]

Murder suspect nabbed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A traffic stop in West Texas on Tuesday led to the arrest of a 51-year-old Clovis man wanted by police in connection with the city’s third homicide this year. Tony Martinez, 51, was arrested at a hotel in Lamesa, Texas, just before 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to officials. Martinez […]

Elida graduates six seniors

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors had some of the graduates and few audience members shedding tears. The ceremony, which included Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia as guest speaker and a senior video of the […]

Lady Rams’ duo takes state

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Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Even an inadvertent serve in the behind couldn’t stop Portales’ top-seeded girls doubles team on Saturday. Junior Ella Erf and sophomore Bethany Self completed a perfect season with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bosque sophomores Allie Coleman and Casey Manzanares in the finals of the Class 3A state individual tennis tournament […]

Mock council session evokes serious thought

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of no fireworks this year saddened some of the Portales High School and junior high students, but they were able to pass a recommendation during a mock city meeting to allow for a city fireworks display show. The Portales students held a mock city meeting Tuesday afternoon […]

Garcia embezzlement case proceeds to jury trial

By Tony Parra A plea agreement was set for a Portales woman accused of embezzling more than $138,000 from the New Mexico Higher Education department but the two sides could not come to an agreement and instead the case will go to trial. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker presided over a scheduled pre-trial agreement […]

Garcias welcome home son stationed in Iraq

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By Tony Parra Manuel and Esperanza Garcia feel that every moment spent with their children is precious. Those moments are magnified when one of those children is visiting between stays in Baghdad. Army Capt. Lupe Garcia, 35, has been in Iraq since August, assigned to the multi-National Security Transition Command and the civilian police assistance […]

Restaurant serves free Christmas meal

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is all about tradition and the Garcia family, which owns the El Rancho Restaurant, is continuing a three-year tradition of offering a free Christmas meal to Portales residents. El Rancho Restaurant is owned by Ruben and Sara Garcia and their son Joe Garcia. “One reason we do this is […]

Doing the Christmas wrap

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For 30 years the Garcia family has been making tamales year-round for customers at the two local restaurants they’ve owned, and once a year, this business trade becomes a Christmas tradition and labor of love for their own family and friends. In the weeks before Christmas, sisters Joann Estrada, Gloria […]

Obituaries Nov. 30

Teresa Jaquez Services: 4 p.m. today at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Teresa A. Jaquez, 40, of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Aug. 28, 1965, in Albuquerque to Albert and ElJuena Jaquez. She moved to Clovis at the age of 4. She attended high school […]

Community continues tradition

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For countless American generations, Thanksgiving has been known as a time of feasting and sharing. For the last three years, the Portales community has also been able to work in a little bit of cooperation. The Memorial Building, for the third year, played host to a free Thanksgiving dinner during […]

Garcia brought out best in everyone

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Edward Garcia demonstrated compassion by the way he respected the lives of others. He honored their integrity and sought to bring out the best when even the darkest times presented themselves in full. According to family members, he was a man with an open heart to love. Edward Garcia died Oct. […]

Chavez Obituary

Mark Angelo Chavez Jr. Services: 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Clovis. Mark Angelo Chavez Jr., 2, of Alamogordo, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 31, 2002, to Mark Angelo Chavez and Victoria Falcon. He is survived by his mother and father; two sisters, Amanda and Esperanza […]

Population shift could change job market

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Childhood hometown becomes haven

Melanie Salazar Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though they considered staying as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, the […]