April 9, 1955: Portales schools’ average daily attendance was 2,414 students. Second grade averaged 265 students daily; the senior class averaged 90.
April 8, 1945: Aud Smith, physical education director at Portales High School, was set to begin duties as the city’s summer recreation director.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.