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 […]

Forensics dominate day’s testimony

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in her murder trial was known to wear, according to a state crime lab expert’s testimony Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The second day of Richard Baca’s homicide trial was dominated in the […]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

Slaying trial set to begin after multiple delays

PNT Staff Report After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

Teens fly in new skatepark

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Skateboarders, roller bladers and bikers alike were radiant with victory Saturday evening as the new skatepark in Portales held its grand opening. “It’s been a long hard fight,” said Lorenzo Baca, the vice president of the Portales Skate Park Organization. The organization, which was started by youths using the […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

New skatepark to open July 15

PNT Staff The foundation has been laid — literally — for the new Portales skatepark at Portales Recreation Center. The opening is scheduled for July 15. Portales Skatepark Organization member Lorenzo Baca said the concrete has been poured and the slab already has ramps, a pyramid and a fun box for skateboarders and skaters. Portales […]

Baca vows to protect lands

Freedom Newspapers The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Fires roar across New Mexico

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By William P. Thompson High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between Tatum and […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder case

By Tony Parra A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial had been scheduled to […]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to […]

Portales man shot Sunday

PNT Staff Report A 19-year-old Roosevelt County man was shot in the leg sometime Sunday night in Portales, but police aren’t sure exactly where the incident occurred or who shot him. Police were summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital by an emergency room desk clerk at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The clerk reported a patient with a […]

PHS exchange students setting sights down under

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By Helena Rodriguez Two Portales High School students want to go to the Land Down Under this summer as part of a People to People Student Ambassador Program exchange and they have four months to raise more than $10,000. Cory Baca and Alycia Leal are among 36 area students who have been gathering at regional […]

De Baca county names new sheriff

Staff Reports Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]

De Baca sheriff announced Monday

Staff Reports The name of a new sheriff for De Baca County will be announced at Monday’s County Commission meeting, De Baca County Commissioner Joe Steele said Friday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10, after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. Graves was accused […]

Students prepare to strut their stuff

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They take hours of rehearsals. They take years worth of classes. Next weekend, they get to take the stage. The Student Choreographed Dance Concert, an annual event for Eastern New Mexico University dance students, is set for Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the University Theatre Center at ENMU. […]

Rodriguez loved unconditionally

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Adriana Rodriguez was born with Spine Bifida. She gave a strong witness that every life has a meaningful purpose. According to family and friends, she had a gift that reached into the heart of people revealing their own self worth. Adriana Rodriguez died at the age of 20 due to a […]

De Baca county commissioners oust Graves

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — Swept out of office in a recall election, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves handed over the keys Thursday to the office he ran for nearly three years. The request came in the form of a letter from the De Baca County Commission on Thursday morning stating he […]