Elida dowser locates unmarked gravesites

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Marcia Leavell and longtime friend Margie Crooks attended Crooks’ father-in-law’s funeral at the Texico cemetery in 2002. They were astonished by the tall weeds that towered over the tombstones and the general condition of the more than 100-year-old cemetery. So they did something about it. “My husband came out […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

Jennifer Laurent I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats had fallen ill. […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Headstrong children hard to control

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Last week I met a friend for lunch at a local restaurant. A few minutes after we were seated, a family of three, which included a 4 or 5 year old boy, was seated in the booth behind us. As my friend and I began filling each other in on our […]

Jones recalls times gone by

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elmer Jones jokes he can have a class reunion anytime he wants to because he’s the only one still living from his graduating class of 1931 at Portales High School. Quiet and unassuming, Jones recently celebrated his 95th birthday but the milestone isn’t slowing him down much. As a […]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

McAlister says goodbyes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer To honor his more than 22 years of service as the Roosevelt County Extension Agent, family and friends gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to Floyd McAlister during a retirement reception. “He’s just a wonderful person to work with,” said Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Home Economist. Moyers, who has […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a true […]

Curiosity can lead to strange places

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist This is the story of a curious cow who lived on Mr. Marvin’s farm in the kingdom of Kansas. Her name was Yvonne. She was of Scottish and English heritage but farmer Marv guessed that she had some Native American Pronghorn antelope in her lineage because everyone knows that antelopes […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

Dreams in photos inspire us all

By Helena Rodriquez My friend Bernard likes to look at Chevy porn. When I queried him recently about a stack of magazines piling up in his closet, he referred to these car magazines as his “Chevy porn.” It’s no secret he is into Chevys. He even has pinups of his beloved Chevys all over his […]

Cannon loses great friend, staunch supporter

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In January Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Corley presented Doc Stewart with the Air Force’s nomination for the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Humanitarian Award in honor of Doc’s 50+ years of support of Cannon and the Air Force. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon Air Force Base bids farewell to long-time friend, Ernest […]

Internet providing more ways than ever to meet new people

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By Kevin Wilson On the surface, it’s meant as a networking tool via the Internet. For others, it’s anything from a storage medium to a daily addiction to a running joke. The thing in question is MySpace, an online site that allows people to create an account and display other accounts that connect to them. […]

Friends of Buddy Holly singing at music festival

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers At a pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, a mutual friend introduced musician Buddy Holly to Gary and Ramona Tollett, a young couple from Arizona pursuing a career as gospel singers. “He gave me the first impression of being a shy, young man,” said Ramona. The introduction led to a friendship and […]

Hunton left a little life everywhere he went

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Carol Hunton left life behind in every step he took forward. He built a treasure of memories in the relationships that he made throughout his life. Hunton died Feb. 5, 2005. Bob Wood, New Mexico’s state senator from 1971 to 1981, was a friend of Carroll’s for over 50 years. […]

Making my way on Guadalcanal

By Bob Huber A learned friend of mine spent the holidays in Los Angeles and later wondered if she shoulda stood in bed. Her sad tale began when she left the comforts of her prairie home in eastern New Mexico and drove to Albuquerque to catch a plane. Remember last month when a blizzard hit […]

Happiness is where God is

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist “Honey, someone can have everything in the world, but without God, they are miserable. Take me; the Lord has blessed me so much. I have a wonderful place to stay, good food to eat and people to take care of me. Yes, Jesus is in my heart. That’s why […]

Small things sometimes worth the biggest price

By Kevin Wilson It was Sunday night when my cell phone went off, and the caller ID read “Sarah.” And that was when I talked to my friend, the movie star. OK, I’ll admit it — I’m stretching the truth a little bit here. But this is a longtime friend I’m talking about, and I […]

City expresses grief after identification

By Mike Linn Portales residents expressed shock and grief on Tuesday after police identified the body of a woman found on Friday, buried in a Portales back yard. Amber Robinson, 20, a former student at Broad Horizons in Portales, made a lasting impression on friends, who described her as a joy to be around. “She […]