My turn: Dad makes broccoli taste good

For Father’s Day, let my tell you about the person who makes the best chicken-fried steak and grilled T-bones I’ve tasted: Dad. His fruit breads are great, too, and Dad’s long-held domain of Sunday dinner is always something special. When Mom made most meals, Dad told her supper was good every night. He has now […]

Police academy graduate follows in father’s footsteps

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By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexicojtucker@pntonline.com Law enforcement runs in the Marney family. The career now spans two generations, as Tyler Marney is one of three graduates from the state police academy who will serve in local law enforcement departments. Marney, 21, will work for the Portales Police Department. He is the son of Curry […]

Portales past: June 3, 1941

June 3, 1941: The Portales Daily News reported that Will Bates of Pep had become a father — for the 19th time. Lloyd Travis Bates was born May 26.

Military feature: Support from the skies

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in the Air Force during World War II. He was commissioned to the Air Force Cadets Program and trained to fly C-47 aircraft troop and cargo carriers over Europe. Gamble is the father of Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble, who […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Free kites, father-in-law jokes and a pink Cadillac

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: new car? Free show Parkview Elementary School is having a talent show today at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The show is free and open to the public. Question of the day How come you never […]

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for work of FBI

Thankful for work of FBI I have lost all faith in the New Mexico state criminal justice system. Donald Taylor only served about 4 1/2 years in prison for the attempted armed robbery of Wal-Mart in Portales and the parole board released him. Within two months, he shot my father, Bo Chunn. We heard Donald […]

Cannon airman remembers slain father

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PNT staff report A Cannon airman led a jammed funeral service for his father earlier this week, slain in an East Oakland, Calif., robbery. Bounhom Manyvong, 59, was a security guard at an Auto Zone store. He was shot and killed Dec. 19. Tuesday, about 300 people — including more than 50 security guards from […]

Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico tho When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar Nelson said he and his brother will be performing a rockabilly show called Ricky Nelson Remembered in memory of their father who died in an airplane crash […]

Business feature: Sisters start business in memory of father

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Freedom New Mexico Debbie Strong and her sister Viki Crawford got into Curves for Women after their father died of cancer. They started getting interested in their health and their brother James Russell was looking for something that he could do at that time. “Russell had a job he was tired of, which is pretty […]

Father, son retire from police work

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Like father, like son. Raymond Chambers is retiring after 25 years with the Eastern New Mexico University Police, while son Scott Chambers is leaving as a chief deputy after 24 years with the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill said it was a pleasure working with Scott for […]

Thanks for setting the bar, Dad

Karl Terry: PNT columnist With Father’s Day today, I was reflecting last week on the things

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Seeking help, 7-year-old drives father’s wrecked car after fatal crash

A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant Hill Highway. […]

Business feature: J.J. Jumbo Burger

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer J.J. Jumbo Burger is a staple in Portales. Pete Paiz has been running J.J. Jumbo Burgers for 15 years. He bought the restaurant from his father, Johnny Paiz, who owned the business for 20 years before he sold it. Back then it was called Jose’s. Altogether the business has […]

Jan 3, 1977

Fred Hensley and Reuben Nieves took oath as the two new judges of the Ninth Judicial District, comprising Roosevelt and Curry counties. Hensley, of Portales, came from a lineage of judges, as his father, the late Turner Hensley, served as district judge as well.

Resolve to better ourselves always free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Local man forecasts dry spring

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A local weather forecaster predicts this spring will be a little dryer than normal. Joseph Weldon Crim is up early in the morning every year on March 22 to build a bonfire before sunrise. At sunrise, he looks to see which way the wind is blowing and uses this […]

Thanks for the memories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Bittersweet holiday Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols’ father died the day after Thanksgiving six years ago. Though his father had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier, his death caught family members by surprise. “We had a great family gathering that day,” Nuckols said. “A lot of […]