Floyd student named 4-H diplomat

Floyd High School sophomore Lane Wallace was inducted as a 4-H state diplomat during the annual 4-H senior leadership retreat in Albuquerque in January. Wallace joins Sierra Baca of Santa Fe County, Kylie Butterfield of De Baca County and Shelby Herrera of Valencia County as the 2012 state diplomats. The senior 4-H members will share […]

Weddings —

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Aragon Nellie Baca of Portales and Matthew Mark Aragon of Clovis were joined in marriage Oct. 1, 2011 at Legacy Life Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. David Lomrana performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tina Chavez of Clovis and Clifford Baca of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late Cleofas […]

Rural post offices face closure

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Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. The post offices in Dora, Causey, […]

Fort Sumner man shot following chase

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man is in “serious but stable” condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after he was shot Monday by a De Baca County deputy following a chase that started near Lake Sumner. Michael Christopher Fitschen of Fort Sumner was being pursued in connection with a […]

Let’s look to tribes for economic recovery

Ruben Baca is executive director of New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state:

Lottery luck hits family second time

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com Less than a year after an Elida resident won $1.1 million in the New Mexico Lottery, his son and daughter have claimed their own lottery prize this week. Monica Baca of Portales and Brantley King of Elida, children of lottery winner Aurbra King of Elida, won […]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

Oct. 12, 1975

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Mark Baca and Christine Gutierrez were named “Carrier of the Year” and runner-up of Portales News-Tribune carriers this week.

It’s their job: Victor Baca

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Name: Victor Baca Job: Owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy Background: Baca is from Portales but attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Time on job: 26 years What does your job entail? I do everything from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling patients on which medications to take — both for over-the-counter […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Births

Adriana Danielle Baca-Ornelas was born July 9, 2008 to Pita Baca and Danny Ornelas of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces. She has three brothers; Daniel, 20; Daniel Jr., 16; and Derek 14 and one sister; Deandra, 9. Grandparents are Emma A. Baca and Maria Ornelas of Portales.

On the lookout

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales, he was greeted by the owners and manager. Carrying a clipboard, Marshall headed directly to the kitchen. His first order of business; washing his hands. Marshall is one of three health inspectors with the New Mexico Environment Department based in […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

1-20-08 Public Record

The following people recently applied for a marriage license with the Roosevelt County clerk’s office: • Celso S. Perez, 22, of Cuatemoc, Chih, Mexico and Yadira Y. Baca, 19, of Portales • Robert D. Stewart, 31, of Tucumcari and Cristin L. Fitzpatrick, 28, of Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. • Marco A. Bustamante, […]

Tornado blasts area in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the first of four stories reviewing the top news of 2007. This installment deals with January, February and March. The first three months of 2007 were dominated by newsmaking weather and homicide headlines that gripped Roosevelt County. Perhaps the story of the year for […]

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 […]

Nov. 13, 2007 It’s their job

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Name: Jonathan Baca Job: Server at Pizza Hut Time on the job: Seven months Background: Baca graduated from Portales High School in 2006. Before going to work at Pizza Hut, he painted cars. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Getting all my servers in line and getting them ready for the day, opening the […]

Fighters prepare for Clovis cage event

By Tony Gutierrez, Freedom Newspapers Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This will be the fifth fight Baca […]

Baca given max sentence

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Baca was convicted March 7 by a jury in a Portales courtroom of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree evidence tampering. Quinn had […]

April 27, 1980

• Doug Orebaugh was named the offensive football coach at Eastern New Mexico University. • Eastern New Mexico University senior Peggy Baca won an individual first at the St. Mary’s University Rifle Match that was held in San Antonio. Baca scored 197 out of a possible 200 points. • The Sunday special at Kentucky Fried […]

Baca found guilty

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber Robinson of Portales unconscious in the kitchen of the Baca home and burying her alive in the back yard […]