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 [...]