June 13 Obituaries

Pedro Villanueva, 48 Mr. Pedro Olando (Pete) Villanueva, 48, of Portales, died Thursday evening, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 22, 1955, in Villanueva to Mella and Alfonso Villanueva. The Villanueva family moved to Portales in 1959. Pete attended the Portales schools and graduated from Portales […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s

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By Kevin Wilson Rebekah Gonzales did a lot of praying on Saturday, likely enough to cover her for a few Sundays. “When I was at bat, I prayed for a hit,” the sophomore second baseman for Portales said. “When I was on base, I was praying to be swift.” Speed was on her side long […]

A changing of the guard for Portales

By Kevin Wilson A few coaches in Class 3A might take a trip down to Portales in May — you know, just to make sure Kassandra Richards, Roni Gomez and Erika Cook do indeed graduate from Portales High School. Portales’ four seniors, including Amy Archibeque, leave behind a run of back-to-back state titles, the second […]

Zia softball swept by Western

Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Eastern New Mexico University’s pitching was pretty good, and so was the defense. It’s hard to win softball games, though, when you only score six runs in four games. Western New Mexico parlayed solid pitching and a couple of breaks into a four-game sweep of the Zias, finishing it off […]

Tucumcari jailer accused of sex crimes

William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. One of the alleged victims has ties to Portales, and claimed the jailer made sexual advances […]

Obits 12-28

Alfonso Junior Gonzales, 37 Alfonso “Junior” Gonzales, 37, of Clovis died Dec. 24, 2003, west of St. Vrain. He was born Nov. 8, 1966, in Clovis to Alfonso and Mary Aragon Gonzales. A graduate of Clovis High School, he worked for Valley Cabinet Shop for 11 years, then went to work for Ware Produce and […]

Detainees accuse jailer of sex-crimes

Ryan Lengerich l Check of one alleged victim’s past shows no history of false allegations By Ryan Lengerich Freedom Newspapers Ryan_Lengerich@link.freedom.com TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two […]

Brothers follow in father’s military footsteps

Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, he paid close attention to world events. After 30 years traveling the world with the United States Army — including two tours of combat duty in Vietnam and postings to Japan and Europe — the New Mexico […]

Portales trainer helps Clovis officer in weightlifting

By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he wondered about the possibility of competing as a bodybuilder. It’s something he thought he’d enjoy. Encouraged by friends and aided by Michael Gonzales of Portales, Yoakum recently participated in two bodybuilding events sponsored by […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]