Day trip: Puye Cliff Dwellings National Historic Landmark

Gabriel Monte Puye Cliff Dwellings National Historic Landmark • Location: State Route 30 and Santa Clara Canyon Road • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Tours of historic landmarks and ruins that feature the 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. • What ages […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t foot hotel bill

I think it is noble to want to save Hotel Clovis from decay or destruction. Personally, I love to see historic buildings preserved and put back to use. I’m somewhat less enthusiastic over the plan to use it for subsidized housing. If you own the building, I think it is yours to use as you […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Football update, and a historic battle

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Day trip: Historic home tour offered

Place: The Harrington House Location: 1600 S. Polk Street, Amarillo. What is it? The historic landmark was home to philanthropists Don and Sybil Harrington. The Harrington’s home was donated as a tourist attraction in 1977. What can people see here? Visitors get a tour of the 15,000 square foot home, which includes 20 rooms, eight […]

Day trip: Texas fort well-preserved historic site

Courtesy of Fort McKavett Staff Fort McKavett was founded in 1852 and operated seven years before it was abandoned. It was later used as a prisoner-of-war camp. Place: Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Location: 7066 Farm Road 864 in Fort McKavett, Texas. The fort is 371 miles from Cannon Air Force Base, so a one-way […]

Historic squadron’s legacy continues

USAF photo: Senior Airman Matthew Loken Lieutenant Col. Justin Hoffman salutes the airmen of the newly activated 34th Special Operations Squadron after assuming command April 9. During the ceremony the 1st Special Operations Group reactivated and redesignated the 34th Troop Carrier Squadron as the 34th Special Operations Squadron and Hoffman was named commander, continuing a […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

Late local historian honored

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative is set to honor Rose Powers White, historian of the Portales area’s early days of settlement, with a historic roadside marker. A dedication and reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 30 at the Portales Public Library. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will speak. Ruth […]

Airmen play vital role in historic launch

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airmen with the 73rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit stand in front of a MC-130W Combat Spear March 2. In early February the unit helped to launch a “black letter initial,” which means that the aircraft was launched with zero discrepancies By 1st Lt. Matthew Speed: 27th SOAMS February 4, […]

Residents plan celebration around inauguration

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As Barack Obama places his hand on the family bible and gives the oath of office in a historic presidential inauguration thousands of miles away from Roosevelt County Tuesday, a small band of local Obama campaign volunteers will gather in a Portales home to watch the occasion. Portales resident […]

USAF inauguration participation historic

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Department of Defense photo: Tech. Sgt. Alan Port Staff Sgt. Shequila Hunter and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexandria Elis work on administrative issues for the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. By Maj. Gen. Ralph Jodice: Commander, AF, District of Washington WASHINGTON — On Jan. 20, when President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath […]

Studio’s place in history set in stone

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of a marker to commemorate the studio’s place in music history. Musicians who recorded at the studio and knew Vi and Norman Petty reminisced about the early days of rock ’n’ roll […]

Norman Petty honored in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ music history is being cast in stone with a scenic historic marker by the state honoring Norman Petty, according to state and local officials. The placard will be unveiled in a ceremony in front of the Norman Petty Studios at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to kick off the Clovis […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Chelle Delaney TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the scene at 10 p.m. and occasional flames could still be seen on the roof. Firefighters from the Tucumcari Fire Department […]

Kenna service station deemed historic

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Midway Service Station in Kenna, just north of Elida, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places according to records from the U.S. Department of the Interior. “My staff from the Historic Preservation Division in Santa Fe went to Roosevelt County to look for sites that stood out […]