Couple indicted on child pornography charges

PNT staff A Portales couple arrested on child pornography charges has been indicted, said Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Michael Gilpin, 57, was indicted Friday on 100 counts of possession of child pornography, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children and one count of tampering with evidence. Joy Gilpin, 46, […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Couple arrested on child pornography charges

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PNT Staff Report A Portales couple was arrested Tuesday on more than 150 child pornography charges, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release: • Michael Gilpin, 57, is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children […]

Plenty in my life to give thanks about

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist With our national economy tanking and a couple of sobering auto accidents to deal with locally it’s a tough start to the holiday season. Rather than dwell on our problems though, with Thanksgiving this week I’d much rather be the guy with his glass half full. We’re all […]

Anniversary: Baugh

Marvin and Beverly Baugh of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by their daughters and granddaughters. The couple was married Nov. 29, 1958, in Topeka, Kan. Both are retired. The couple has two children and six grandchildren. The […]

Engagement: Idsinga-Kuchta

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Dawn Janae Idsinga of Portales, daughter of the late Douglas Idsinga and the late Debbie Idsinga is engaged to Joshua Shawn Kuchta of Portales, son of John and Olivia Kuchta of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Nov. 22, 2008, at Faith Family Christian Church. The reception will be held at the […]

Sept. 23, 2008 Anniversaries

Dickenson Jim and Joanne (Miller) Dickenson of Melrose celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at the Melrose Senior Citizens Center. The celebration was hosted by their family. The couple was married Sept. 21, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nev. They have four children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a rancher. She is an archaeologist.

Aug. 31, 2008 Engagements

Medina-Lucero James and Nomie Medina of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Melissa A. Medina, to Michael J. Lucero, both of Clovis. He is the son of Amanda Lucero and Paul Gauna of Fort Sumner. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 6, 2008, in Clovis. Invitations have been sent.

Aug. 3, 2008 Engagements

Young/Leonhardt Jim and Sherrie Croft of Clovis and James and Sylvia Young of Farmington announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Christine Young of Clovis, to Kendal Leonhardt of Portales. He is the son of Mike and Karen Leonhardt of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 2008, at […]

Newman Project equips homes with safety measures

Freedom New Mexico The Newman Project, which promotes safety for local seniors, helped to equip 20 homes in Curry and Roosevelt County this week. The Newman Project was formed by District Attorney Matt Chandler to ensure the safety of the seniors in the community. The project was named in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Couple shares graduate experience

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico At one time Luis Colon had to be convinced by his family to go to college. Now he can’t seem to stop. Colon and his wife Erica graduated together Friday at Clovis Community College’s commencement. Erica Colon, 27,

Portales couple support each others’ PhD quest

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Children at Sylvia Martinez’s school at Lockwood Elementary in Clovis call her Mrs. Dr. Martinez. “That inspires them to get a good education!” Martinez says. “But for me, the title is not a big thing. It’s the journey that it took to get there. It took a lot of […]

It’s Their Job: Piepkorn

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Name: Gary and Judy Piepkorn Job: The couple own and operate Almost Home Bed and Breakfast. Background: Judy is a wife and mother and currently has a certification as an oncology nurse and is working at Stanford University Hospital in California in the bone marrow transplant unit (oncology deals with cancer, which requires the status […]

Area residents participate in Juarez mission

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Barbara Brockmeier spent a week carrying lumber, pounding nails and helping put stucco on a new home. Built in four days, the home was for a young couple with 9-month-old twins in one of the more impoverished sections of Juarez, Mexico.At age 81, it was Brockmeier’s first mission trip. […]

2-10-08 Anniversaries

Smith Bill and Wilma Smith of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at University Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1012 W. 15th St. in Portales. The come-and-go celebration will be hosted by their children, Steve (Kathy) Smith and Karl (Melissa) Smith and their grandchildren, Jeremy, Timothy, Daryn, Valon […]

Novak’s parents say they’re ready for closure

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Murder trial set to begin at Cannon

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Couple returns adopted daughter after seven years

By Anita Doberman Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was four months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory, but it appears that the girl was given over to the care of […]

Dec. 30, 2007 Anniversaries

Hughes George C. and Ruth Ann Hughes of Lubbock, Texas celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10 at their home. The couple was married Nov. 8, 1942 in Hobart, Okla. He is former Assistant Superintendent of Portales Schools. She is a retired teacher. Howard Marvin and Velmeta Howard of Clovis will celebrate their 60th […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Anniversary

Hamar Frank and Ava Hamar of Plano, Texas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12 with family. The will continue the celebration with a trip to Disney World with their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Dec. 12, 1957 in Rogers. They both graduated from Portales High School. They have two children and […]