Portales Past: April 9, 1955

April 9, 1955: Portales schools’ average daily attendance was 2,414 students. Second grade averaged 265 students daily; the senior class averaged 90.

Portales Past: April 8, 1945

April 8, 1945: Aud Smith, physical education director at Portales High School, was set to begin duties as the city’s summer recreation director.

Portales Past: April 7, 1910

April 7, 1910: An “unusually warm March,” followed by a recent cold spell, had wiped out peach buds and destroyed plum and prune crops, the Roosevelt County Herald reported. Good news: The apple crop had escaped with little harm.

My turn: No shortage of talent locally

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Major League Baseball opens its season this week, and Portales is well represented. Cody Ross, born in Portales on Dec. 23, 1980, is the Florida Marlins’ right fielder. He may start the year on the disabled list with a calf sprain, but he belted 24 home runs last year and is key to the team’s […]

Extension secretary provided wealth of information, experience

By Connie Moyer: Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Jackie Clark began her career as administrative secretary for the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Office in 1985. She took the job with the intention of just staying a little while, and 25 years later, she has decided it was long enough. Since that time she has been the […]

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

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By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Hotel magnate had short political career

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Conrad Hilton was born on Christmas day in 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus “Gus,” was born in Norway and arrived in New Mexico by way of Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1882. His mother, Mary Laufersweiler, also from Fort Dodge, married Gus on Lincoln’s birthday in 1885. […]

Cake decorating featured on program

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on making bias strip cording, “upcycled” accessories and cake decorating will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Pam Damour of The Decorating Diva will show how to make continuous bias strips and turn them into perfect welt cords, and then show […]

Their view: NM-FOG keeping up fight against secrecy

Twenty years ago this month, Bob Johnson hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. It’s still around, fighting for individuals’ rights to know what government is doing. Sarah Welsh is the non-profit group’s executive director these days. Here’s a snippet she wrote last week on the NM-FOG Web site at […]

Easter time to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.