My turn: Fishing full of animal dangers

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Fishing can be down right hairy at times, especially when birds get involved. My mom wanted to take me fishing one weekend. So to keep me occupied until we could go, she brought me a fishing pole that came with plastic hooks and fish to practice with. I spent […]

Olympic athletes live up to hype

Freedom New Mexico Every couple of years leading up to the Olympics, NBC cranks up the hype machine and inundates us with imagery and stories of athletes it deems are either talented enough or telegenic enough — and in some cases, both — to serve as bait to lure passive sports fans to tune in […]

Texas tour full of memories, friends

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see if they were real. When I was going to veterinary school in Colorado I worked summers in the feedlots managed by Diamond A Cattle Co. The second year I […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Dec. 13 Weddings

Sandra Pool of Portales and Justin Donaldson of Odessa, Texas were joined in marriage Oct. 11, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. The bride is the daughter of Munci Conners of Portales and Paul Sundre of Galveston, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Pete and Amelia Trujillo of Portales and Orlo and Beth Sundre of Lubbock, […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An electric toy guitar … a couple of Barbie dolls … Play Dough. That and more came out of black trash bags as Portales Police Department staff unloaded Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society. The group presented officers […]

Portales couple offer international students support

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales couple has gotten a taste of other cultures without leaving home while making people from other cultures feel at home. For about 20 years, Martha and Charlie Crane have reached out to Eastern New Mexico University students and their families. The Cranes have taken the students on […]

Business Feature: Business venture joint effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer C.B. Eddins and his wife Norma Griffin work together selling Avon products for little extra Christmas money for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eddins and Griffin met at the Portales Senior Center and have been married for three years. The retired couple has been working with Avon for a […]

Couple indicted on child abuse charges

PNT staff A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both adults […]

Portales couple indicted on child abuse charge

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both […]

Portales couple charged child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

President proves history repeats

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Although I am no historian, I do have an interest in what happened and why, especially involving big economic events of the past. One such event is The Great Depression. I just attended a superb weeklong conference at Cato University, where not only did I present a couple […]

Couple looking to part with windmill collection

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico

March 22, 2009 Anniversaries

Gawehn Urlich Gawehn and Christel Gawehn of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. March 28, 2009, in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by Ralph Gawehn. The couple was married April 4, 1959, in Utica, N.Y. They have two children and four grandchildren. He is a military mechanic. She is a […]

Air Force families boost area home sales

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When Jon and Hailey Clark learned the Air Force was relocating them to Cannon Air Force Base, they immediately set out to find a home to rent. But when the young couple arrived in Clovis and began looking at the rental homes, they had a change of heart. “Carolyn […]

Couple spins wool the old-fashioned way

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A $1,500 men’s three-piece wool suits contains $15 worth of wool, a Corona sheep rancher says. Lloyd Maness and his wife, Sue, talked about wool as part of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association during the first day of the 17th annual Ag Expo Tuesday at the Roosevelt County […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Engagements

Britain-Riley Ricky and Sherrie Britain of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla JoAnn Britain, of Clovis, to Cage Win Riley, of Clovis, son of Russell and Elainea Riley of Melrose. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis. A reception will follow at St. […]

Feb. 8, 2009: Engagements

Vigil/Ornelas Kathy Vigil of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Amanda Vigil of Portales, to Ricky Ornelas, of Portales. He is the son of Janice and Ricky Ornelas Sr., both of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2009, at Calvary Baptist Church. The reception will be […]

Feb. 6, 1962

Amids blistering winds, two state park officials staked out campsites for the new Oasis State Park. The new park facilities were planned to be completed within a couple of months.

Couple shares high hopes for Obama’s presidency

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “He is the product of the struggle of all people in this country,” Portales Democrat Oscar Robinson said about new President Barack Obama. In the evening of Inauguration Day, Oscar and his wife, Sandra, discussed their support of Obama and moments they saw as significant during the inauguration events. […]