Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Local residents come together

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The smell of frying turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings wafted through the air at the Memorial Building during the fifth annual community-wide Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. An army of volunteers from the community and several local churches helped put the dinner together to […]

Zias push ACU to five games

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Abilene Christian appeared on its way to a three-game sweep Thursday night, then suddenly found itself fighting for its life. Eastern New Mexico University took the Wildcats to a fifth gave before the visitors righted their ship, pulling away to a 30-23, 30-17, 28-30, 25-30, 15-7 Lone Star Conference […]

Dawg Days kick off

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If you set foot on the Eastern New Mexico University campus this weekend, you’ll probably be asking yourself, “Who let the dawgs out”, as ENMU’s freshman orientation program, Dawg Days, sends the green newcomers to various get acquainted events. “It gets them involved in the campus,” Rebecca Valdez, co-director […]

Area theater gives taste of stage life

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a […]

Obituaries for April 5, 2006

James Ferguson Services: 2 p.m. (CST) at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland, Texas. James Ferguson, 62, of Midland, Texas, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 7, 1944, in Bay City, Mich., to John and Gladys Ferguson, he married Sharon McAlister on Aug. 15, 1964, […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

Brother claims baby’s death was an accident

By Andy Jackson The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the death was an accident. Officials allege Benito Valdez, 16, shook his 4-month-old son before he died Saturday and then lied to police about the incident, court records show. Officials also allege the teen was responsible for a […]

Social justice advocates reconnect in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They fought for social justice. Decades later, they’re telling their stories so Portales won’t forget. Longtime Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic Women of Roosevelt County and Voices of Democracy, helped organize “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County” last Sunday at the Memorial Building. Some […]

Portales youth to play in national tournament

By Marc Schoder Portales native Iszac Valdez has been living and breathing baseball since the age of 2 years old. This lifestyle continues this weekend for Valdez, now 12. He will be playing with the Amarillo Diamondbacks when they go to New York this weekend for the Cooperstown Tournament. “The tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity […]