Baca trial dates postponed

Freedom Newspapers A murder suspect’s trial date has been postponed. Clifford Baca, 20, had been scheduled to go to trial on May 26. He’s accused of first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of Amber Robinson. On Monday, attorneys asked for a postponement. Prosecutor Donna Mowrer cited “ongoing negotiations,” as the reason for the postponement. Baca […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to manslaughter

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The second of three men charged in the January 2004 killing of Carlos Murillo of Clovis pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter. Including a one-year firearm enhancement filed by the state, Santiago Calbert, 20, of Clovis faces a maximum of seven years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for […]

ENMU Briefs

Swimming — Age 4 and up from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. March 28-April 7 at the ENMU Natatorium with Devin McMaster, Red Cross certified lifeguard/instructor. The fee is $40. Parental consent is required. Internet navigating basics — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at University Computer Center, Room 107. Class taught by Becky […]

Accused child abuser may enter plea

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man accused of abusing his infant son may reach a plea agreement with prosecutors rather than face a jury, attorneys said Monday. Robert Neely faces a maximum penalty of 18 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him. Ralph Dowden, his attorney, and prosecutor Donna […]

Farwell man killed in hotel shooting

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Will Anderson remembers Randy Gregory as one of “the two finest unicyclists in town” — with Anderson being the other. He remembers Gregory’s “bright silver caps” after getting his two front teeth knocked out around age 7. He also remembers them tapping out messages in Morse code to people in […]

3/15 Obituaries

Dora Olmsted, 77 Services:>/b> 11 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, Wyo. Dora Natalie Olmsted, 77, of Powell, Wyo., died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at her home. She was born on April 2, 1927, near Mesa, to Robert H. and Goldie V. Porter Elliott. She married Gene Olmsted, on March 25, 1960, in Powell, […]

N.M. skies host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mch Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

Broad Horizons will move to PHS campus

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members approved the move of Broad Horizons Alternative School from it’s current location to the campus of the Portales High School. School board members approved the recommendation to move the alternative school to the campus of Portales high school made by James Holloway, superintendent of schools, […]

Elida opens baseball season by beating Grady 9-5

ELIDA — Dylan Radcliff went 3-for-4 and eighth grader Cade Cathey homered Mondy to help Elida beat Grady 9-5 in the Tigers’ baseball opener. Freshman Wesley Gilmore pitched four innings to pick up the win. A junior varsity game was called because of darkness after three innings with the Bronchos leading 5-1. Elida returns to […]

Road proves difficult for ENMU teams

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams endured four-game sweeps on the road over the weekend, but not for lack of effort. Facing one of the Lone Star Conference North Division’s top baseball programs in Southeastern Oklahoma, the Greyhounds (8-12) dropped a pair of one-run decisions and were kept in check […]

Personalities Plus: Don Thomas

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Your name: Don Thomas Your job: The Print Shop Your age (and Birth Date): 38; Oct. 16, 1966 Your hometown: Portales. Your family: My Parents; Leroy & Gaynelle, two sisters; Cozetta & Thom Moore (they have 4 kids & 2 grandkids) Alowetta & Marc Terrien (3 kids, no grandkids) and one brother; Stan & Lorna […]

Collins had great physical and emotional strength

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dorothy Collins was the type of woman that was known for her physical, mental and emotional strength but to those that knew her well, she was a great mystery because she lived life by her own design. According to Lou Blevins, Dorothy’s younger sister of 16 years, Dorothy believed that […]

Rams can’t finish rally against Bernalillo

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — After losing twice to Portales by double-figure margins in late December and early January, the Bernalillo Spartans hardly looked like they were in position to defend their Class 3A title. Saturday, though, they returned the favor against the Rams and earned back-to-back titles for the first time in school history […]

SFIS shocks Portales in title game

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Backed by a crowd of more than 14,000, Santa Fe Indian School completed an improbable run to the Class 3A state by beating Portales 42-37 Friday at The Pit. The eighth-seeded Braves, with no seniors and only four juniors on the roster, were buoyed by boisterous support from a large […]

Rams out to 6-0 start

By Kevin Wilson Not many people — including the Portales Rams themselves — figured they’d jump out to a 6-0 start. Then again, some Rams were betting they wouldn’t be trailing Darren Stroik on the team’s home run list either. Both of those became true Friday night with a 10-4, 13-2 doubleheader sweep over Eunice […]

Portales girls win Coyote Classic

PNT Staff Freshman Whitney Miller went undefeated on the weekend, and the Portales girls tennis team improved their record to 8-1 while winning the Coyote Classic Tennis Tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Roswell. Miller, playing No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with Kassandra Short, won all three matches in both divisions as Portales […]

ENMU baseball, softball teams swept

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers DURANT, Okla. — Southwestern Oklahoma State continued its solid pitching Saturday, allowing three runs and 12 hits while sweeping Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader. Adam Bennett combined with Shawn Dorries for a four-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma won the opener 2-1. Southeastern Oklahoma scored […]

City bids farewell to Newmans

By Kevin Wilson Portales said its collective farewell Friday to Odis and Doris Newman. The Newmans loved to eat breakfast at McDonald’s with a group of friends six times a week, and they loved to play marbles and dominoes at the Senior Citizens Center. But most of the funeral service was dedicated to their impact […]

Friends, breakfast part of Newmans’ routine

By Kevin Wilson Those who knew Odis and Doris Newman well said the longtime Portales couple had a routine life they loved. Part of that routine was fishing at Oasis State Park and Conchas Lake, part of it was playing games at the Senior Citizens Center. Before most Portales residents had started their days, the […]

Affidavit gives further details on case

By Kevin Wilson Odis and Doris Newman were alive when they were locked in the trunk of their car, according to court documents. Their bodies were found March 3 in the trunk of their burned vehicle. Details of their deaths were found in an arrest affidavit filed Friday in the case against one of the […]