Altercation leaves one dead, four injured

By Kevin Wilson An altercation late Sunday night left one dead and at least four injured in north Portales, police said. Portales police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jorge Prado of Clovis was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital, where he died of a single stab wound to the chest shortly after midnight. Prado’s age wasn’t confirmed […]

Carr helped keep county agriculture going

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories profiling the nominee’s for this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Jack Carr moved to Portales when he was a teen-ager in 1930 and spent a large part of his time helping out farmers and ranchers in Roosevelt County. On […]

Former Cannon airman sentenced for abuse

By Mike Linn Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining innocence of the […]

Car pays tribute to Herbie

By Mike Linn Two years, a few thousand dollars, and many hours in a Clovis auto repair garage helped transform Sgt. Rob Burke’s 1972 hippie bug into what he says is one of roughly 50 “Herbie the Love Bug” replicas in the world. And all the work has paid off for Burke and his family: […]

Race fund-raiser honors former Portales resident

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

Thousands mourn loss of Reagan

By Calvin Woodward: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a final hail to the chief beneath marble arches and somber skies, the nation bade a lingering goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Friday, mourners remembering his “lightness of spirit” and his stoic widow placing a tiny kiss on his casket before the westward journey to […]

Reagan’s family allowed to mend differences in final years

By Alex Veiga: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In a week of enduring images, perhaps the most poignant came at the end. Nancy Reagan, saying her final farewell to her husband of 52 years, rested her head on his casket, crying and caressing the mahogany coffin as she was surrounded by the president’s three […]

South claims softball series from North

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Clovis may be on the east side of the state, but New Mexico’s South softball all-stars were feeling right at home once again over the weekend. For the second straight year since the three-game series moved to Clovis, the South swept the North squad. The South swept a Friday night […]

Classes back in session for PHS alumni

By Tony Parra Organizers are hoping to have 71 years of Portales High School graduates at the Portales High School Reunion during the Roosevelt County 2004 Heritage Days on Friday and Saturday. The reunion is also open to former faculty of Portales High, dating back to 1933. Registration for the event is on Friday at […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]

June 13 Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — James Earle, 23, and Cassandra Ballauer, 22, both of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: — Edward Wickware, 22, found guilty of false imprisonment, breaking and entering and criminal damage to property and will […]

June 13 Obituaries

Pedro Villanueva, 48 Mr. Pedro Olando (Pete) Villanueva, 48, of Portales, died Thursday evening, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 22, 1955, in Villanueva to Mella and Alfonso Villanueva. The Villanueva family moved to Portales in 1959. Pete attended the Portales schools and graduated from Portales […]

Lawn mower fixed against all odds

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, when I decided to spend a pleasant weekend afternoon in my ancient, crippled recliner, I noticed something disturbing through the front window. Saundra had taken the lawn mower from the garage and was wheeling it into view. I could pretend not to see her, but she would know […]

Marriage advice from famous, and not-so-famous

By Bob Huber Here at the Making June Weddings More Meaningful Institute we’re studying ways for this year’s crop of newlyweds to stay married, or at least put up a good front. In this regard we quote Lyndon B. Johnson when he said, “Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy — one […]

Hern enjoys life, crocheting

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Nellie Hern, 71 Occupation: Retired Hometown: Portales (Moved here in 1963) Family: Son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Yvone Garcia; son, Sam Garcia and daughter Estella Garcia, all of Portales; daughter Teresita and son-in-law, Robert Tanaka of Dillingham, Alaska; granddaughter, Francis Garcia; five grandsons, Samuel Joe, Anthony, Andrew and Nathen Garcia and […]

Luker enjoyed outdoors, family

By Helena Rodriguez When Billie Tollett’s mother passed away in 1979, Mary Edna Luker told her, “Well, I’ll just be your mommy for you.” And from that day on, Tollett referred to Luker as her mother, someone she would go to for advice. When it came to Luker’s own children, her two daughters also counted […]

June 11 Obituaries

Alton “Jack” Dewbre, 94 Mr. Alton “Jack” Dewbre, 94, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Oct. 10, 1909, in Brownwood, Texas, to Etta and Alvey Dewbre. He grew up in communities of Texas and Oklahoma. He married Roxie Mae Huskey on Oct. 7, […]

Local pilot’s tales retold in book

By Tony Parra Stanley Hardin’s memoirs of his time as a pilot were written down and created into a book, but only one that close relatives and friends had copies of. Twenty-two years after his death, the book has been published and now anyone can purchase a copy and experience the tales and adventures of […]

Life is delicious

By Joan Clayton When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his Dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried.  Lane made life “delicious.” My husband says I have Christmas every day, but one Christmas is forever engraved upon my heart. […]

Clutter can be a new look

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear […]