Portales resident receives Purple Heart

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It took 63 years, but Portales resident Alvin Fails finally received his Purple Heart for his military service for the United States during World War II. Brigadier General Kenny Montoya, the New Mexico Adjutant General, presented Fails with the Purple Heart on Friday afternoon at The Landing [...]

Local music group working hard on promotion

By Kevin Wilson Music is a family matter for the Montoyas, so much so that it became the inspiration for their latest venture as the R&B/hip-hop group Unbreakable. “That’s why we call it Unbreakable,” Mario Montoya said of the family connection with the three-man group, which released its self-titled debut about a month ago. “Family, [...]

Former Portales grad leads 4A Wildcats

By Kevin Wilson Thursday afternoon saw Ike Montoya doing the same thing a lot of Portales High alumni were doing in Albuquerque — watching a semifinal win by the Lady Rams. Today, though, Montoya’s at The Pit on business. Montoya, the 1982 Greatest Ram, is now calling plays for the Deming Wildcat boys team. The [...]