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 […]

Tragedy brings native back to Portales

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers 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 it considered staying as Hurricane Katrina left its mark […]

Cowboy remembered as kindhearted

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Frank Garcia was the type of person that produced results. He was a firm cowboy at heart. He lived many years of his life looking in the face of wild and untamed horses and with resiliency, he untapped the ability within those horses through disciplined training. According to family members, Garcia […]

School superintendent to take job in Santa Fe

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools superintendent James Holloway said he will resign at the end of the school year to take a position with the New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe. Holloway will be finishing his eighth year as superintendent of schools in May. The only obstacle remaining with Holloway […]

Businesses are ‘primo’ family affair

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Victor and Rosario Garcia had dreams of a better life and they came to the United States from Mexico 18 years ago in pursuit of them. Through an unexpected combination of businesses, they’ve accomplished some of those dreams. Rosario Garcia is the co-owner of La Paz Authentic Mexican Food […]

Lady Rams rout Ruidoso to clinch title

By Todd Fuqua: Special to the PNT RUIDOSO — For one quarter at least, it looked as though the Ruidoso Lady Warriors had a plan against Portales — effective pressure defense, plus a spectacular buzzer-beating halfcourt shot from Allison Rigsby. Then the Lady Rams began slowing the game down and used their superior size and […]

Local restaurant to open doors again for holiday

By Tony Parra The Garcia family see the Portales residents as an extension of their family and on Christmas Day it wants them over for a holiday meal. Owners Joe, Ruben and Sara Garcia are opening the doors to the El Rancho Restaurant for a free Christmas meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on […]

Dec. 12 Obituaries

E.J. Gossett, 83 Mr. E. J. Gossett, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in Portales. He was born on Sept. 17, 1921, in Ryan, Okla., to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1942, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served for 33 months in North Africa. On […]

Volunteers bring free meal to Portales

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By Tony Parra Portales residents were out on Thanksgiving Day trying to share the essence of Thanksgiving with the rest of their community at the Memorial Building for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Elvia Garcia of St. Helen’s Church said between 150 to 200 were served when volunteers delivered meals in Roosevelt County from […]

Groups combine efforts for free meal

By Tony Parra Having Roosevelt County together as one big family is the goal of organizers for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Building on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers put together the free Thanksgiving feast with the help of the community through donations. Elvia Garcia of St. […]

Nov. 7 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael On Friday the drama and choir students have a field trip to Lubbock concert, leaving at 2:30 p.m. Sports The basketball teams, junior high boys and girls host Melrose at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. Thanksgiving The season is here and the days out of school are Nov. 24-29. So you now […]

Nov. 3 Obituaries

Aaron LaRue, 17 Aaron LaRue, 17, of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, near Dora. He was born on Jan. 18, 1987, in Portales, to Donna and Larry LaRue. He has lived in the Arch community for the past 10 years. He attended school in Portales until high school. He was attending Dora High School. […]

Two area teens killed in truck crash

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Two area teenagers died and three more were seriously injured around midnight Sunday as they drove through an open field at a high rate of speed south of Portales, officials said. A New Mexico State Police news release said the pickup in which the teens were traveling crossed Roosevelt Road […]

Spanish music fair to make debut

By Tony Parra For the first time in the history of the Roosevelt County Fair there will be a Spanish Musical Fair celebrating the Hispanic culture which is a big part of the community, according to fair organizers. The event is also known as “Feria Musical,” which translates to “Spanish Musical Fair.” Neither Ray Paralles, […]

Schools dealing with less money than expected

Staff and Wire Reports School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

South claims softball series from North

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Clovis may be on the east side of the state, but New Mexico’s South softball all-stars were feeling right at home once again over the weekend. For the second straight year since the three-game series moved to Clovis, the South swept the North squad. The South swept a Friday night […]

Hern enjoys life, crocheting

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Nellie Hern, 71 Occupation: Retired Hometown: Portales (Moved here in 1963) Family: Son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Yvone Garcia; son, Sam Garcia and daughter Estella Garcia, all of Portales; daughter Teresita and son-in-law, Robert Tanaka of Dillingham, Alaska; granddaughter, Francis Garcia; five grandsons, Samuel Joe, Anthony, Andrew and Nathen Garcia and […]

Man arrested for murder in Fort Sumner

By Ryan Lengerich A Fort Sumner man was charged Friday with an open count of murder in the death of his wife, then attempted suicide while in police custody, New Mexico State Police officials said. Jose Garcia, 48, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari in connection with the killing of […]