Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Guardsmen come to aid of infant

Freedom Newspapers Two Army National Guardsmen may have saved a baby’s life after she stopped breathing on Tuesday night. Spc. Gabino Barreras and Sgt. Billy Gonzales, with the 27th Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, were honored Wednesday by security forces leadership for their heroics in resuscitating the 8-month-old girl. Barreras said the […]

Cannon plane makes emergency fuel drop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release happened due to […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

PHS wins award for yearbook staff

PNT Staff The 2002/2003 Portales High School yearbook staff recently won an honorable mention after placing in the top 10 percent of 8,000 schools publishing annuals through Talyor Publishing Company. Yearbooks published by Taylor were evaluated for excellence in one or more of the following areas: Cover design, theme development and page design. PHS yearbook […]

Company settles with state

Mike Linn Officials with the locally operated Transwestern Pipeline Company entered into a settlement this week with the state’s environmental department over air violations in the summer of 2001. Transwestern compresses natural gas for transmission through a pipeline at a compressor station located five miles northwest of Portales in Roosevelt County. As part of the […]

Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]

Richardson to announce city funding

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Portales this morning to announce funding allocations for critical water and housing projects in this part of the state, according to state officials. From 9:45-10:30 a.m. today, Richardson will speak at a news conference at Portales City Hall, announcing the allocation of funding for the conversion of […]