Dec. 25, 1958

Mrs. William Mitchell was dismissed from Roosevelt General Hospital after giving birth to her son, Randy Jay, on Christmas Eve. Randy Jay was the only baby born over the holidays in Portales that year.

Probate Judge Candidate: Mitchell “Mickey” Morgan

k11oxz-morganweb.jpg

Name: Mitchell “Mickey” Morgan Age: 56 Occupation: Semi-retired, working as a consultant at KENW-TV under Duane Ryan Running for: Probate Judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: None What is your background? I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. My family has been in the real estate business here for three generations. I am […]

Local pastor, teacher publishes prayer book

jzi1fy-418webgarymitchell.jpg

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico For most of Mara Mitchell Andrews’ 31 years of life, her father Gary has been working on researching and writing a comprehensive, practical study on prayer. Through the years, she watched as her father used a manual typewriter and made copies of his study, first for his doctoral dissertation […]

Back in business

jy645z-323dairy4web.jpg

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

Victims’ daughter hopes convicted learns forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

Closing arguments completed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, 43, of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the March 3, 2005, deaths of Doris and Odis Newman, is now considering […]

Penalty phase will proceed

1182484486-622hearingchandlerweb.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance, allowing the state to proceed in seeking the death penalty against Stanley Bedford. If he is given the death penalty, Bedford, 43, would be the third person on New Mexico’s death […]

Death row rare, lengthy

1182311936-620bedfordweb.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

Attorneys prepare for penalty phase

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]