Honor rolls — April 3

Melrose Elementary First grade April Arenivar Aiden Aikman Brody McAlister Paityn Nicholson Johanna Roybal Katelynn Skinner Matthew Tello

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

Editorial Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first winning season in […]

Buffaloes stampede Broncos

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — The Melrose Buffaloes dominated from beginning to end, posting 46 points in the first half, as the Buffs defeated Floyd 54-6 Saturday afternoon in the district opener for both teams. Melrose senior running back Adam Hairgrove spurred the Buffalo charge, running for five of the Buffs’ seven […]

Gateway routs Floyd 62-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — The Gateway Christian Warriors lit up the scoreboard and the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in Floyd, battering the Broncos 62-0. The Warriors posted 38 in the first quarter and never looked back. Junior Joshua Hunter led the Warriors with three touchdowns, including an 81-yard run, a 60-yard […]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it […]

Buffalo’s Sid Black honored at state

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

Floyd Broncos end tough season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles soared in a squashing of the Floyd Broncos, 70-12, at Floyd High School Saturday afternoon, and punched their ticket to the New Mexico 8-man football playoffs in the process. The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Gateway Christian next weekend in […]