Police seize cocaine

PNT Staff Report Portales Police seized cocaine with a street value of more than $27,000 Tuesday from a city residence. Acting on a search warrant, police found more than nine ounces of cocaine inside a residence at 1213 N. Ave. M. The occupants of the house were not home at the time,, according to a […]

June 14, 1974

• Portales received .14 of an inch of rain during a nighttime storm. • Ten girls from the Floyd and Bethel Baptist Churches were preparing to leave to attend Inlow Baptist Youth Camp, near Albuquerque. • Poyner’s White Stores, Inc. advertised an Air Conditioner Service Special for $7.88.

June 13, 1969

• Dennis and Pearl Diana Carlton were sentenced to the full term of 10 to 50 years in the state penitentiary for the murder of B & J pharmacist Elbert Muncy. • Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau starred in “The Odd Couple” showing at the Varsity Drive-In Theatre. Admission was $1 for adults and children were […]

Bedford case goes to jury

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about 2 p.m. Tuesday following closing arguments of Bedford’s capital murder trial in District Court. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with kidnapping and killing Odis and Doris Newman of […]

Harth earns Pioneer nomination

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County resident Irene Harth spent the first 19 years of her life moving from place to place with her family. After marrying her husband in 1936 in Roswell, Harth eventually became a long-standing resident of Roosevelt County. After marriage, the couple moved to the Rogers area and built […]

Local man indicted

PNT Staff Report A Roosevelt County man was indicted by a grand jury Monday on multiple felony charges in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female on May 23, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Rigoberto Gonzalez, 38, is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of criminal […]

Portales prepares for Heritage Days fun run

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Runners from Roosevelt County and beyond will pound the pavement this Saturday in the seventh annual Heritage Days Fun Run through the streets of Portales. Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet, has been a part of the run since its conception. “The way this all started off — we […]

Residents learn about proposed healthcare plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A representative from the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign met with a group of local residents on Tuesday to discuss the group’s proposed healthcare plan. A grassroots coalition, the campaign has spent the past 15 years working to devise a healthcare plan that would benefit the citizens of […]

Movie theaters bring out worst in people

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

Any immigration reform better than none at all

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

Crash victim fights for life

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman is in critical, but stable condition Monday following a rollover accident near Portales Sunday. New Mexico State Police and the Portales Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at the crossroads of South Roosevelt Road 7 and South Roosevelt Road […]

Police investigating armed robbery of video store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officials responded to an armed robbery that occurred on Friday evening at Landall’s Box Office, located on South Avenue C. According to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, the incident occurred at approximately 9:59 p.m. on Friday evening. At the time the robbery occurred, there was only one clerk in […]

Leakage in basement causes phone outage at ENMU on Monday

PNT Staff Report Workers at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday discovered that a break in the cooling system pump over the weekend had caused flooding in the Administration Building basement, leaving several buildings without telephone service. “It was pretty minor. We have pumps that cool around campus and one of the pumps developed a […]

Bedford takes stand, maintains innocence

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he hates the thought of dead people so much he can’t even attend family funerals, and he certainly wouldn’t have let Jerry Fuller set a car on fire if he knew […]

Portales Karate instructor inducted into Hall

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A local Portales man was honored earlier this month in California for dedication to his sport, as well as dedication to making his community a better place to live. Shannon Schaefer, 32, teaches karate at the Kenmoitsu Dojo on the square in Portales, and has been involved in the […]

June 10, 1975

• One thousand eight hundred and twenty-three students were enrolled in summer school at Eastern New Mexico University at the end of the first day of registration. • Twelve ounce cans of Shasta canned pop were on sale seven cans for $1 at Thriftway. • The Roosevelt County Historical Society listed 25 historical sites for marking […]

School celebrates 100 years

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Folks gathered at the Dora Consolidated Schools Centennial and the South County Reunion were there to reminisce about school days past. They also got a glimpse into the future, as the recently remodeled school was dedicated. With some classmates in attendance old enough to remember the start of the […]

Homicide case moves toward week two

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, while a former roommate said she overhead Bedford discussing his role in their home. No physical or DNA evidence placing Bedford at the home or in any […]

Heritage Days festivities draw near

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials and volunteers are gearing up for the 23rd annual Heritage Days Celebration. The annual event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Pioneer of the Year reception at the Memorial Building. This year there are two nominees, T.Z. Duncan and Irene […]

People must count their blessings

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Life on Planet Earth can be cruel. Just when you think you’ve got it made, another’s greed can rip it from your grasp. As a case in point, let’s take a dramatic little scene I witnessed on a recent trip to the bathroom. As is sometimes the case on […]