Oct. 14 Wedding

Bain/Garcia Mary E. Bain of Portales and Tomas M. Garcia of Clovis were joined in marriage July 21, 2007, at 801 Hinkle in Clovis. The Rev. Eric Mason performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Edna and Bert Tan Duncan Sr. of Texas and the late Mary Ida and […]

Fort Sumner man found guilty

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County jury found a Fort Sumner man guilty Thursday of killing his wife three years ago outside their home. The jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Jose Garcia, 42, guilty of murder in the second degree, tampering with evidence and using a firearm in […]

Cannon plans asbestos tests

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it […]

Udall talks wages, health care in town hall

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Minimum wage and health care were the dominant topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the U.S. […]

Voter registration bills meet resistance

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots […]

Homicide defendant takes witness stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of events […]

Defense attacks witnesses’ character

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel Garcia, who testified Wednesday he and defendant […]

Witness takes stand in Macias trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” Macias shot at a vehicle being driven by Wilfred Salas Jr. in the early morning hours on Jan. 15, 2006, in Clovis. “I shot a round — to this day I can’t tell you why,” Daniel Garcia said. […]

Charter school appeal denied

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia upheld a Portales Municipal Schools board decision Tuesday, denying a charter to the proposed Horace Mann School. Garcia outlined the reasons for denying the appeal in a 16-page document. Garcia said there were at least 15 instances of deficiency in the HMS charter application. […]