Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Things to do

Freedom Newspapers June 16-18 — 22nd annual Heritage Days, Portales City Park, live music, food, art, car show, Portales 23-25 — Badlands Motorcycle Rally, Clovis Civic Center 24 — Dairyfest, featuring the Bellamy Brothers, Curry County Fairgrounds 24 — Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza, Potter Park, Clovis July 4 — Smoke on the Water fireworks, Greene Acres […]

Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Billy the Kid Scenic Byway offers daytrip through the old Wild West

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Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, into the […]

Obituaries for April 28

James Joiner Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Fort Sumner. James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness. Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew […]

Bosque holds artisans’ festival

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eleanore Nestlerode captures nature on strands of yarn. In an open-air studio, against a desert backdrop of mesquite and amber, she dunks long coils of cloudy yarn into steaming pots of water. Plucked from their baths, they reveal a spectrum of sunny yellows, poppy reds and indigo blues. The […]

Billy the Kid stood too close to Garrett

By Don McAlavy Who was this impersonator? He looked so much like Billy the Kid, there were jokes about digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy Pat Garrett shot was still there. He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a member of the Gaslite […]

10 things to do now that spring has sprung

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• Kite Karnival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Doc Stewart Park View a colorful display of kites. Events include demonstrations, displays, paintball, food, beverages and rides. Admission is free. • Santa Fe Opera Performers, Saturday, Town Hall, Clovis Community College Joyous music, heart-wrenching melodies and show-stopping arias as the Santa Fe Opera performers return […]

Obituaries for March 19

Elaine Abeyta Services: 1 p.m. Monday at The Church on The Hill in Fort Sumner Elaine Abeyta, 28, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident near Encino. She was born March 19, 1977, to Danny Paul Bishop and Bea Northrup in Fort Sumner. She was raised […]

Fort Sumner survives regional matchup with Grady

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Because Fort Sumner had won the previous two meetings by an average of 27.5 points, it seemed pretty obvious what the Foxes would do to the Grady Bronchos Thursday in a Region A boys basketball semifinal. But on second thought… The favored team did indeed win, but not […]

Lady Buffalos earn matchup with Elida

Freedom Newspapers In District 3-1A girls tournament, Melrose used back-to-back 3-pointers by Zanessa Dodd and Schuyler Cochran in the third quarter to wrest control and the Lady Buffaloes went on to beat Fort Sumner 54-43 in a semifinal game at Fort Sumner. The win, Melrose’s second at Fort Sumner this year, guaranteed the Lady Buffs […]

Floyd, Dora girls knocked out of district tournament

PNT staff Floyd’s season is over, but coach Cody May is pleased with his squad for all the progress they’ve made. In the District 3-1A tournament, Schuyler Cochran scored 23 to help Melrose down Floyd 56-39. Darcy Chenault lead Floyd with 17 points, Kelli Johnson chipped in 12. “We’ve had a pretty good season,” May […]

District 3-1A tournament schedule

District 3-1A (seeds in parentheses) Boys Tuesday (5) Elida at (2) Dora, 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose, 6 p.m. Thursday Tuesday winners at higher seed, 6 p.m. Saturday Championship at (1) Fort Sumner, 7 p.m. Girls Monday (5) Dora at (2) Fort Sumner 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose 6 p.m. Wednesday […]

Dora goes overtime for first district win

Freedom Newspapers DORA — The Dora Coyotes survived late heroics from Tom Sullivan and used the trio of Casey O’Connor, Austin Prewett and Tyler Wilhoit to slide past Elida in its District 3-1A opener. O’Connor and Prewett both scored 20, while Wilhoit added 12 in a 61-57 overtime win. The win negated the efforts of […]

Logan captures first EPAC title

Freedom Newspapers Senior guard Drew Perez scored 25 points and Logan went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter Saturday night to beat Texico 48-34 at Greyhound Arena and capture its first EPAC Tournament boys championship. Trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Longhorns (10-3) outscored the two-time defending tournament champion Wolverines 36-20 in the final […]

Texico dominates semifinal against Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texico girls coach Keith Durham wanted to see a wire-to-wire effort for his team in Friday’s EPAC semifinal matchup with Fort Sumner. The Lady Wolverines took him to heart — so well that senior Stephanie Bailey didn’t even realize how well they were doing. “I looked up in the middle […]

EPAC starts today in San Jon

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texico’s boys and Fort Sumner’s girls begin defense of their 2004 titles when play begins today in the 10-school EPAC basketball tournament. The first three days of the event will be hosted by San Jon, with games on Friday and Saturday scheduled for Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Teams […]

Obituaries (Dec. 22)

Patsy Ruth Patterson McCleery Services: Have been held. Patsy Ruth Patterson McCleery, 80, of Sun City, Texas, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, in Temple, Texas. She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Mead, Okla., to Ottis and Irving M. Patterson. She attended Portales public schools, graduating in 1944. She volunteered for the Cadet Nurse Corps […]

De Baca county names new sheriff

Staff Reports Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]