July 24, 1952

The Portales City Council was asked to give Portales citizens another chance to pave their streets on a volunteer basis. The rates for a 32-foot street were $4.95 and up to an 80-foot street was $9.35 and would be completed by a contractor.

Appetite vs. emotion: A delicate balance

By Anita Doberman If someone asked me, “What is your most complex relationship?” I would confidently answer — the one with food. Truthfully, eating is complicated. To varying degrees, most of us have some sort of hang-ups when it comes to food. It can become an obsession, a way to soothe our unmet needs, take [...]

No bull here

When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the Southwest). We even had [...]

Parents testify about daughter, son-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak [...]

Real men not afraid to hold purses

By Helena Rodriguez Recently, I spotted a masculine-looking hombre at the store wearing a nice pair of ostrich-skin boots, a bulky belt buckle and a cowboy hat. To complement his outfit, he was carrying a pink purse. “Now, that’s a real man!” I thought to myself. This hombre, of course, was holding the purse for [...]

There’s always room at inn somewhere

By Baxter Black: Columnist “Well, that’s the last room, Rachael. We’re full up.” “We always are at tax collection time, Jake,” Rachael said. “I’m glad we moved here. I know you were worried about makin’ a livin’ in a little po dunk town, as some would say, but it’s gonna work; we’ve just got to [...]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy testified Friday in the district courtroom in Portales about helping hide a gun and a vehicle, as well as an early morning visit from the defendants in the case. [...]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other [...]

Death hard concept for children to grasp

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When we first decided to travel to Rome, I told my children we were going to visit my parents’ home because my grandmother was dying. I didn’t hide the fact she was ill, and that this was the last time I would see her. I also explained that my parents and [...]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of jury [...]