Our people: Windmill man

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Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to haul the oversized collectibles. Dalley decided to donate the windmills to Roosevelt County and began […]

Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

County fair celebrates local culture

It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was moving across […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

New fishing rule changes take effect

The next New Mexico fishing license year began Thursday. Three rule changes you might want to know about are: • The length of the Special Trout Water on the upper Pecos River has been reduced by about half a mile. • The bag limit on striped bass has been decreased to two fish. • Unlimited […]

Portales Past: March 27, 1960

March 27, 1960: Mountain States Telephone Co. and Roosevelt County Telephone Co-op began “extended area service” for county telephone users. It meant subscribers in Dora, Causey, Milnesand and Elida could call Portales (and vice versa) directly, without going through a toll operator. About 3,800 telephones were in use in the county.

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Surrounded by signs of spring

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The signs are a bit mixed but spring may be lurking out there somewhere. I began to ponder spring the other morning as I left the warmth of my home to brave 19-degree temperatures and frost on my windshield that took a lot longer to scrape than I anticipated. After […]