District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in District Court. • Mark Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. He was ordered to serve 18 months supervised probation and sentencing was deferred for 18 months. He was ordered to pay court fines and fees and perform 50 hours of […]

Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Local women recall parts in film

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When Allison Draper and her Melrose basketball teammates would hit the floor at the Farwell Invitational every December, she would never look forward to seeing Hailey Richey and her Farwell Lady Blue teammates. The two were enemies until they were united on the basketball court as fictional teammates in “Believe […]

Nov. 25, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom Newspapers Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” just got custody of her grandchildren and times are a little hard right now for the family. Her holiday hopes: To have presents under the tree for her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Boys pants size 5, boys shirt size 5, boys […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had known […]

Robberies spike in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Portales hasn’t seen the same increase, say local police. Summer […]

Portales economy on mend

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Community leaders say they feel there are good signs of economic growth in Portales after the first five months of 2006. Despite the continued uncertainty of a mission for Cannon Air Force Base, those leaders are optimistic. Debi Lee, city manager, said a positive sign of growth is the […]

In Tribute — January Deaths

The following is a list of people with area ties who died in January 2006. Astorga, Juan, 74, Portales, Jan. 4 Baker, Joe, 50, Portales, Jan. 12 Bell, Maurice, 93, Clovis, Jan. 26 Bobbitt, Mattye, 97, Artesia, Jan. 16 Bono, Isabella, 3 months, Portales, Jan. 15 Brittain, Ruth, 86, Melrose, Jan. 20 Carter, Eugene, 67, […]