Texico’s Cooper twins sign with Zias

Dave Wagner After they finish their four years at Texico High School in the spring, twins Jordyn and Jaylyn Cooper are planning to be together for the next four as well. The Coopers, who verbally committed to Eastern New Mexico University for basketball during the summer, signed their letters of intent with the school earlier […]

Dairy blaze burning near Texico

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters are monitoring a hay fire Thursday evening at the South Slope Dairy about four miles north of Texico on Curry County Road 14, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. Cooper said the fire, limited to baled hay, will likely continue to burn for several days. “When it’s baled up under […]

Cannon NCO plans to join Bataan memorial march

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As his hand passed over the words etched into the marble of the Bataan Memorial next to the chapel here, Staff Sgt. Angelito Cooper’s jaws involuntarily clenched, as if to strengthen his resolve. “I didn’t even know [the memorial] was here,” he said quietly. “It’s nice.” […]

Area woman turns 100

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nell Morgan never set out to reach the age of 100. Her friends and family said she had more important pursuits to conquer — but she did reach the milestone age Saturday, surrounded by loved ones at Portales’ Heartland continuing care center. “It is a big deal,” Nell’s granddaughter […]

March 16, 1971

A car stolen from the Cooper-Hobbs shop early Monday was found abandoned near Morton, Texas late yesterday, Sheriff Glen Widener said today. Another car was reported stolen in Morton, and the sheriff says the chances are good that the two felons who escaped from the Roosevelt county jail took the second car. The sheriff is […]

Feb. 22, 1969

“Were You There?” is the theme for the program of Portales Womans Club Wednesday afternoon, with Mrs. M.M. Cooper the program chairmen for the day. Mrs. Harold Starbuck will introduce the program. Past presidents of the club are given a special invitation to be present, to receive recognition. Members and visitors will have a chance […]

Greyhounds get stampeded

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers West Texas A&M’s men never gave Eastern New Mexico University a chance Monday night. Senior guard Damien Lolar and junior forward Chris Hinz combined for 56 points on 22-of-27 shooting — 9-of-9 for Hinz — and the Buffaloes dominated start to finish in an 87-72 Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north State […]

Pioneer Association honors local community members

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community as their prerequisite, three Roosevelt County residents accepted pioneer honors Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair. The occasion was the Roosevelt County Pioneers Association’s annual awards presentation. Held at the Jake Lopez Community Center. The association has met for more than 35 […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

Melrose celebrates 100th birthday

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Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Buddy Hepler said his family settled in Melrose in 1898, seven years before the village became incorporated. He recalls helping his father build homes in the area and the First Baptist Church. In the 1941 he was a high school football star before going off to fight in World War II. […]

Unlicensed contractors drawing complaints

By Ryn Gargulinski By Ryn Gargulinski CNJ STAFF WRITER ryn_gargulinski@link.freedom.com Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s become such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency […]

5/1 Obituaries

Elizabeth Carter, 92 Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Cemetery near Dora. Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, 92, of Portales, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on April 16, 1913, in Elida, to Zadie and Charles McClain. She grew up on a ranch south of Taiban. She […]

Grady grad takes job at West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner At 26, Clovis native and 1997 Grady High graduate Justin Ashley has already worked under some successful college basketball coaches. He hopes to continue his progression at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Ashley has been hired to replace Russell Vanlandingham as an assistant to Buffaloes head coach Rick Cooper. Vanlandingham left […]

Cooper joins Freedom as business manager

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Red-hot Lions may be South team to beat

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University may be the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball champion, but if early-season performances mean anything it’s Texas A&M-Commerce coming in as the team to beat. While everybody else in the South sits between 6-9 and 9-6 heading into Thursday’s first full night of division […]

Dec. 9 Obituaries

Kenneth Cooper, 71 Kenneth “K.C.” Cooper, 71, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in Curry County. He was born Nov. 23, 1933, to Elmer P. and Ella F. Long Cooper in Hugo, Okla. He married Laura Ebeltoft on Aug. 6, 1996, in Clovis. He was a carpenter, and family members said he enjoyed hunting […]

Nov. 9 Obituaries

Bonnie Cooper, 76 Bonnie Marie Cooper, 76, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday Oct. 22, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Rotan, Texas, to Samuel and Addie Cook. She moved to Portales at an early age. She graduated from Portales High School in 1948. She married Delbert Cooper […]

Portales native resigns from Curry County office

By Ryan Lengerich By Ryan Lengerich CNJ STAFF WRITER ryan_lengerich@link.freedom.com After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire […]

ENMU guard: a coach on the floor

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge of the game. A two-year starter and steadying influence for the Greyhounds, Cooper said he’d like to be able to coach someday, probably at the high school level. “I enjoy […]