June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]

Rural letter carrier saves Portales woman’s life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Staff Writer A Portales rural letter carrier is being credited with helping to save the life of an elderly Roosevelt County woman two weeks ago after she fell at home. According to co-workers at the Portales post office, Charles “Chuck” Jones was the first to notice something was wrong at the […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

Clovis Christian coach steps down

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Though he’s tried to step away from the game before, this time Jimmy Joe Robinson said it’s for good. The Clovis Christian boys basketball coach has decided to retire and end a 34-year stretch in which he was also a head coach at Clovis High, Melrose, Grady and, […]

Incumbents make sweep in municipal races

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By William P. Thompson All Portales incumbent city councilors kept their seats on the council after Tuesday’s municipal election and Municipal Judge Fred Arnold retained his seat on the bench. A total of 997 voters participated in the election, about 15 percent of the city’s 6,322 registered voters. The closest race was in Ward D […]

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 […]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to […]

Jack Williamson honored at 30th annual lectureship

By Tony Parra They came to discuss science-fiction and they also came to honor one of the genre’s most enduring masters, Jack Williamson, at the 30th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday. Williamson, a Portales resident, who has been writing for 77 years, turns 98 in April. Friends and family said […]

30th Williamson lectureship comes to ENMU campus

By Tony Parra Portales will be the center of those who view the world in a different way on Thursday when experts in the field of science-fiction join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick […]

Portales residents remember King, message

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but his vision continues to live on and on Monday African-Americans living in Portales took the time to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned for everybody living in the United States, irregardless of the color of their […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name change now official

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer If a hill located near Lingo is ever mentioned in a federal map from now on, it shall be called Buffalo Soldier Hill honoring African-American members of the United States Cavalry. Buffalo Soldier Hill is located in Lingo, a town 40 miles southeast of Portales near the Texas border. Bob […]

Soccer squad prepares to win

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The Greyhounds went 6-12-2, including 3-10-1 in the Southwest Soccer Conference, but six of the loses were by one goal. Scoring goals is a priority this […]

Ruidoso beats PHS in tennis

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — Ruidoso swept District 4-3A tennis duals from Portales on Tuesday, winning the girls matchup 8-1 and the boys dual 7-2. The Lady Rams (9-2 in duals) played shorthanded, with only four girls participating. They defaulted at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and at No. 3 doubles. Portales’ only win came at […]

Football team signs four

By Dave Wagner Marcus Robinson admits living in Portales will be an adjustment from the bright lights of Dallas. Still, with two of his former high school teammates on board at Eastern New Mexico University, he doesn’t anticipate many problems. Robinson, a 6-foot, 205-pound fullback from R.L. Turner High School in Irving, Texas, and his […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Buffalo soldiers honored at historic hill

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By Kevin Wilson LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just a few seconds to realize he’d come to the right place. The mile marker is in southern Roosevelt County, about 18 miles west of Morton, Texas, and parallel to a […]

Hill to be renamed

By Mike Linn This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the Texas border in Roosevelt County, […]

Portales teen arraigned on murder charge

By Kevin Wilson A Portales teenager was arraigned Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. Baca was indicted last week […]

Teen indicted in slaying

PNT staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. […]

Coaching legend returns to pine

Dave Wagner After three years away from coaching basketball, Jimmy Joe Robinson is ready to give it another shot. The 68-year-old Robinson, who retired from coaching after guiding Melrose to the Class 1A boys state championship in 2001, will be back on the sidelines again next winter — at Clovis Christian School. “They’ve got some […]