Roosevelt County Literacy Council undergoes changes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Providing a foundation for learning, the Roosevelt County Literacy Council has undergone some recent changes to provide more accessibility of its programs to Portales and surrounding communities. Restructuring and revitalizing the program is what new executive director Pete Martinez has been doing since taking the post a little over […]

Broncos rout Pine Hill for first victory

Freedom Newspapers Senior running back Jason Martinez ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more for 291 yards of total offense as the Floyd Broncos earned their first win of the season in Albuquerque Saturday afternoon, 60-14 over Pine Hill. “We played better than we have all year,” Floyd head coach Rafael Royball said. […]

Man indicted on murder charge

Freedom Newspapers A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

Roosevelt pitcher dominates

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — It wasn’t long into the game before the Clovis American players realized that Louis Ortiz was something different than they were used to. Ortiz, a right-handed pitcher for Roosevelt County, struck out 16 batters to pitch his team to a 4-1 win in an 11-12-year-old District 3 game […]

Roosevelt blasts Clovis Zias, 16-0

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Paula Chronic: PNT Staff Writer Pitcher Lathan Lieb led the Roosevelt County All-stars to a 16-0 shut-out victory by allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters Wednesday night at Portales Rotary Park. Lieb hit two of the four home runs against the Clovis Zias for a win by the 11- and 12-year-olds out […]

Roosevelt Little Leaguers ready for playoffs

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star baseball teams have been drafted and players and coaches are currently preparing for the upcoming district playoffs in July. Cynthia Martinez, secretary of the Little League Board, said the all-star teams will be facing teams from the American and Zia Leagues of Clovis as […]

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 […]

Suspect is named in Clovis homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Martinez is charged with an open count […]

Obituaries for May 3, 2006

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Romero Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Virginia “Ginny” Romero, 62, of Clovis died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born April 7, 1944, to Onesimo J. and Emma Leyba Encinias in Melrose. She married Raymond Romero on Dec. 16, 1972, in Clovis. […]

New job skills test offered

By William P. Thompson A new federally funded job skills assessment test is now available to Portales and Roosevelt County residents at the New Mexico Workforce Connection (formerly the One Stop Career Center) on FIrst Street in Portales. Trina Miller of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments told Roosevelt County Commissioners about the tests at […]

Rockets roll to win over Rams

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer It didn’t take long to see that it probably wasn’t going to be the Portales Rams’ day. With two outs and a runner on first in the top of the first, the Rams committed two errors on the same play to hand Roswell Goddard the game’s first run. It […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder case

By Tony Parra A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial had been scheduled to […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Eight-man introduced for competitive balance

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With eight-man football starting next fall, the New Mexico Activities Association is hoping to get more schools and more players involved. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, who has won two six-man titles in nine seasons, said he just hopes his quarterbacks can remember the new rules. “The hardest part is gonna […]

Marijuana bricks found in couple’s automobile

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Police arrested a Clovis couple Friday during a traffic stop near Texico and seized more than 56 pounds of marijuana, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. A Region V Drug Task Force Agent investigated Ricky Martinez, 40, of Clovis for six weeks through a confidential informant, […]

Lavender, Sanchez Obituaries (Nov. 19)

Mary Lavender Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Beevers Cemetery in Quay County Mary Lavender, 68, of Cerritos, Calif., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at her home. She was born July 28, 1937. Survivors include her husband, John G. Lavender; a son, Joe G. Lavender of Melrose; a daughter, Cindy Lavender of Cerritos, Calif.; a brother, […]

City decides to move polling places before spring elections

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council approved two election related resolutions Tuesday night as they moved swiftly through their regular agenda. Councilors gave unanimous approval to a resolution moving two polling places in time for municipal elections next spring. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she had been approached by school officials from L.L. […]

Oct. 22, 2005

Victoria “Vicky” Pinson Victoria “Vicky” Pinson, 68, of Vaughn died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following an illness. She was born April 26, 1937, to the home of Cleofes and Elvira Duran Rael. She attended schools in Vaughn. She worked as a cook for the various restaurants in Vaughn […]

Broncos routed by Logan

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — With losing streaks followed by winning streaks followed by losing streaks, there are likely mixed reviews on how the caliber of football team the Floyd Broncos are. There was no such doubt about Logan on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Longhorns scored on a 60-yard run by Josh […]

Sept. 23 Obituaries

Margaret Torres Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk. As a young […]