Engagement —

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Payen-Pena Mary Lou Payen, of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Victoria Guadalupe Payen of Portales, to Mark Edward Pena of Portales, son of Michael and Carmen Pena of Portales. The bride elect is the daughter of the late Albert Payen. The couple will exchange vows, 4 p.m. March 17, 2012, […]

Rib Crib hosting benefit

Freedom New Mexico Rib Crib Barbecue in Clovis is lending a helping hand to the family of 6-year-old Harley Pena, who is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. On Wednesday, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its profits made from 4-10 p.m. to the Pena family. Manager Tommy Cardonita said […]

Dora starting up football program

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not just […]

Defensive scores lift Springer past Melrose

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — On a night when both teams struggle on offense, Springer more than made up for it with an opportunistic defense. The Red Devils scored five defensive touchdowns, including four on fumble returns en route to a 44-6 win Friday over Melrose in non-district eight-man game. Melrose (2-4) […]

Portales family welcomes home son stationed in Iraq

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Manuel and Esperanza Garcia feel that every moment spent with their children is precious. Those moments are magnified when one of those children is visiting between stays in Baghdad. Army Capt. Lupe Garcia, 35, has been in Iraq since August, assigned to the multi-National Security Transition Command and the civilian […]

Nevaeh Amber Lopez

Nevaeh Amber Lopez, infant, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Grants. She was born Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Grants. She was the daughter of Asia Skye Pena and Jake Lopez of Portales. A graveside service will be held. The Rev. Pete Jaramillo will officiate. Arrangements are Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

2/4 James Bickley honor roll

Third Grade A Honor Roll: Erick Granillo, Ananda Lewis, Taylor Jones, Tyler Rogers, Rynea East A/B Honor Roll: Janell Stroud, Savana Nelson, Rachel Webber-Eichem, Mariah Chavez,Hank Lopes, A’lexus Apodaca, Alejandro Perez, Veronica Lopez. Fourth Grade A Honor Roll: Caitlin Campbell, Emilio Romero, Chase Loomis A/B Honor Roll: Andres Garza, Samantha Lucero, Treyshanna Mathis, Omar Shaikh, […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Pena, Joe

Joe Pena Services:Have been held. Joe Pena, 95, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Kaseman-Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque. He was born on June 1, 1909, in Sapello, to Nestor and Guadalupita Montoya Pena. He married Clara Bustos in 1933 at Las Vegas, N.M. He worked as a civilian inspector at the Fort […]

Clement scores 23 as Texico rolls to 6-2A tourney title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Opponents tend to concentrate on Texico’s Braden Vaughan and Logan Brown, which is OK with Wolverines coach Rich Luscombe. Clayton held Vaughan and Brown under 10 points each, but the senior tandem of Tony Clement and Josh Pena stepped in to guide the Wolverines to a 63-42 win […]