Lady Ram rackets dominate NMMI

PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram tennis team got back on track Saturday afternoon winning all matches in a 9-0 complete team victory over NMMI, while the boys fell 2-7 at the Portales tennis courts. The Lady Rams dominated so thoroughly, the NMMI Lady Colts managed just eight game wins in the six-match singles […]

Portales Junior High School youths get quick initiation into workaday world

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By William P. Thompson Most of the eighth-grade at Portales Junior High ventured out to local businesses and government agencies yesterday as part of the school’s annual job shadowing day. Some students watched beauticians at work. Some spent the day with firefighters. One student even went to jail, but only to see how corrections officers […]

Obits (Dec. 15)

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked […]

Dec. 6 obituaries

Nell Miller Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Nell Miller, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at her residence in Portales. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Silverton, Texas, to Edna and Bill Miller. She grew up in Silverton where she attended school. She then moved to Pitchfork […]

Parents deem scoring unfair

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Some Portales parents feel federally designated proficiency levels used to measure student performance are unfair. The proficiency standards, which are mandated by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Act makes the schools responsible for the students’ performance. Test results released Monday by the state Department of Education indicated Portales failed […]

Road crewman struck, killed by construction vehicle

Freedom Newspapers A Socorro-area man was struck and killed by a road construction vehicle Thursday morning on U.S. 60/84 west of St. Vrain, according to state police. Melvin Lucero, 56, of Polvadera, an employee of Cutler Construction, was working as part of a road crew when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., according to […]

5/8 Obituaries

Peggy Baird, 78 Services: Have been held. Peggy J. Baird, 78, of Raton, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005. She was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Mount Dora, to Lloyd Joseph and Grace G. Taylor Wilkins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Richard Gordon Baird. Survivors include a daughter, Donne Hilliard […]

House fire follows suspicious deaths

By David Irvin The Lucero family of Fort Sumner suffered more heartache Saturday after one of their houses burned to the ground. Ten members of the family were inside the double-wide mobile home on U.S. 60/84 when it caught fire just after 2 a.m. Family members said no one was hurt in the blaze. The […]

Deaths in Fort Sumner investigated

Freedom Newspapers State Police are investigating a pair of deaths just southeast of Fort Sumner. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state police said. The bodies were found in the morning by a family member outside […]

Man claims drug debt played role in homicide

By Mike Linn A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 for payment on […]