My turn: Roosevelt County settlers’ legacy continues

Betty Williamson In 1908, a pioneer named John Gordon Greaves and his wife, Annie, arrived in south Roosevelt County in search of “health, land, hope and faith,” according to their son, Gordon Greaves, long-time editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Settling in a remote location six miles from the nearest windmill, they put down roots that […]

McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

In their words: Responders, residents recall fire

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Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said Sunday’s fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. the day of the fire, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him […]

Portales man found dead (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 N. Ave. 0 on Sunday night. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said officials have not determined a cause of death, but believe it is suspicious. He would not release a name because the next of kin had not been […]

Portales past: Jan. 1, 1951

Jan. 1, 1951: The Portales Daily News: The two-way radio for the county sheriff arrived Saturday, just before Sheriff J.E. “Ping” Evetts was sworn in to succeed J.N. McCall.

Local experts provide winter tips

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Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work can turn into to slipping and sliding. According to Xcel Energy, there are various small tasks a person can perform to keep energy bills lower during […]

In search of ponies: Sometimes dreams come true

Sharna Johnson I still remember the day I learned dreams can come true. I must have been 7 or 8 and my dad, little brother and I drove to a surprise destination on my birthday. We arrived at the stockyard and my new horse was led out. It was the best day of my life. […]

Police: Witnesses aid woman after robbery

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police say witnesses came to the aid of a Clovis woman robbed Friday morning, chasing and holding the suspect until officers arrived. Rondy Q. McDonald, 24, was arrested for robbery and taken to Curry County jail. Around 10 a.m. a woman was entering Allsups at Grand Avenue and Prince Street when […]

Colors of Christmas point to Messiah

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Black was the night when Mary and Joseph arrived. Throngs of people lined the streets of Bethlehem. Who would have thought the darkness of the world would soon be penetrated with a light so bright? The “Light” would forever change the course of human events. (Luke 2:7) The Light still […]

Sept. 2, 1970

The largest turnout of football players in the history of the university arrived on campus at Eastern New Mexico University Aug. 30, when 98 prospective Greyhounds arrived for the beginning of fall practice, according to the Portales News-Tribune. Jack Scott, new head coach at ENMU, said he was extremely pleased at the large turnout. The […]

Take time to enjoy sweet things in life

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist All this political talk is making my head spin. In fact, I think it may be giving me migraines. Everywhere I turn someone is talking about politics. To take a break from this frenzy, my husband and I decided to go see a silly movie and called our occasional baby-sitter. […]

Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

Warrant issued for Clovis man

By David Irvin CLOVIS — A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand Ave., […]