It’s their job: Jacob Ward

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Name: Jacob Ward Job: Graduate assistant with the Eastern New Mexico University football team and currently coaching inside receivers. Background: Ward played college football and was an assistant at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Ward was a receiver and tight end in college before becoming an assistant. ENMU head football coach Mark Ribaudo brought him [...]

Council will meet in executive session

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council is holding a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at City Hall to name a replacement for Ward B Councilor Jake L. Lopez. Lopez’ last meeting was Tuesday. He resigned to serve on the Roosevelt County Commission.

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Burt Ward, of “Robin” fame from the Batman television series, was to visit the Allsups stores on Second Street and on Chicago Avenue to

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove [...]

Incumbents make clean sweep in municipal elections

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico With only 8 percent of voters casting ballots, Portales city council incumbents easily won re-election Tuesday.

Voters go to polls today in municipal elections

PNT Staff Report Early voting concluded Friday for today’s municipal election, said Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. She said 83 people voted early in-person and 16 people requested ballots by mail. The new voting machines will be used for the municipal election, she said. Four city council seats are up for election. Alfredo Bachica Jr., [...]

City race plays out Tuesday

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales voters will have choices to make in two of the four open city council seats in Tuesday’s municipal election. Alfredo Bachicha Jr., incumbent in Ward A and Donald K. Shafer, incumbent in Ward C are both running unopposed. Incumbent Gary Watkins is facing challenger Michael Martinez in Ward [...]

City holding candidate forum

PNT Staff Report The city of Portales and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidate Forum on Monday to give residents of the city the opportunity to get to know the candidates prior to the election, according to a news release. The forum will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the [...]

Two city council races contested

PNT Staff Report Two of the four Portales City Council races in the March 4 municipal election will be contested. In Ward B, incumbent Gary Watkins is being challenged by Michael Martinez. The race for the Ward D council seat is a little more crowded, with incumbent Michael Miller along with Keith Thomas and Eddie [...]

Former Ram drafted by Cubs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A former Ram could become a Cub — or possibly a Bulldog. In the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, the Chicago Cubs picked former Portales Ram Ryan Acosta from Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Florida. And the 17-year-old also has a full-ride [...]