Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Buffalo soldiers seek recruits

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Christina Calloway The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association in Roosevelt County is looking to recruit more active members. Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and Portales resident Joe Terry are the only active members of the group. The other board members were active in the organization of the group, but are unable to meet the time […]

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Daughters of the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of UDC met at the Vines Restaurant for their monthly meeting. Hostess was Mary Louise Childress, Jane Hilliard led the pledges and Laura Nelson read the ritual. Bess Jones gave the invocation. Peg Kline read a card from the City of Portales. The club received a […]

Ten charged with gambling at country club

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tax Day, music for a cause and Jackie Robinson

Good morning and happy tax day. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Pay up State and federal taxes are due today. Local post offices aren’t staying open late. But you can get that return post marked on time if you drop it off before midnight at boxes outside the post offices in Clovis and Portales. […]

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

Century-old St. Vrain post office closes

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Freedom New Mexico The 102-year-old St. Vrain Post Office has closed. Bonnie Robinson of Melrose, who ran the post office for the past seven months, said her last day of sales was Tuesday. Customers began receiving their mail in a cluster box across St. Vrain’s Main Street on Monday. “We’re all sad that it’s closing,” […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Johnson-Moreno Robinson Sandra Johnson-Moreno and Oscar H. Robinson, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at the home of Rose and Gary Robbins. Rev. Galen Issaacs performed the Christian ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom W. and Mary Ann Johnson of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of […]

Annual MLK march mixing it up

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The Martin Luther King Jr., Day Commemorative March is a 20-year tradition in Portales but this year it will be different. Oscar Robinson, a member of the Cultural Affairs Committee says, this year’s march will be staged in reverse because the Portales High School Choir is participating in a […]

Remembering King’s dream

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In late August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 44 years later and nearly 2,000 miles away, more than 80 Portales residents celebrated the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday morning with a […]

Local DA handling Albuquerque case

Staff and wire reports An Albuquerque man was indicted Friday by an Albuquerque grand jury in a murder-for-hire case being handled by the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. Earl Scott Robinson, 72, is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and […]

Baca given max sentence

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Baca was convicted March 7 by a jury in a Portales courtroom of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree evidence tampering. Quinn had […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

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 […]

Area remembers civil rights leader

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Celebrating the heritage left by Martin Luther King Jr., area residents gathered Monday at the Memorial Building to continue living the dream that has been passed on through the generations. Sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, festivities included a puppet show, guest speakers and musical performances by Andy […]

Events set to celebrate King legacy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Various activities are planned by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and struggles to achieve a dream of nonviolence and equality in the world. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. today with a commemorative march. Used as a medium […]

Helicopter crashes near Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One person […]