History shouldn’t be optional subject

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers While I was on a dinner break last week, I went to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. While in line, I heard a teenager behind me sitting and joking with his friends. The teenager was not willing to trade seats with another friend. He said with laugh, “I’m […]

Local writer leaves lasting legacy

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Nov. 4: What a great day for a birthday

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What do Walter Cronkite, Will Rogers, Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Doris Roberts, Ralph Macchio and yours truly have in common? We were all born on Nov. 4. Granted we weren’t all born in the same year, we were born on the same day, and during the […]

ENMU student detailing state park history

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico State Park No. 5 is almost forgotten, but an Eastern New Mexico University graduate student believes its history is an important link to the area’s past and the recreation residents enjoyed 70 years ago. The state park was located on land that now belongs to ENMU, […]

Day Trip: Fort Stanton offers historical getaway

Freedom Newspapers Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, […]

9-11 history still evolving

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we […]

Day Trip: Silent Wings Museum

Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock is dedicated to the World War II experience from the perspective of the glider pilots who flew in every major invasion of that war. The focal piece of the museum is a restored WACO CG-4A glider, according to the museum’s Web site, www.silentwingsmuseum.com History In 1971, former pilots of the […]

Roosevelt County Fair celebrates 100 years of fun

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With a century of county fairs under its belt, the Roosevelt County Fair is planning a big centennial edition of the county tradition. The fair begins Wednesday with a special 100th-year anniversary party on Friday. “We’ll be doing some history and facts of former fairs,” Michelle Lamb said. “Around […]

Day trips

Freedom Newspapers American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock — The museum strives to tell the story of American agriculture. Info: (806) 239-5796 American Wind Power Center, Lubbock — Collection of historic windmills in the world with more than 90 windmills dating back from the 1870s. Info: (806) 747-8734 Art Gallery in the South Plains College Library, […]

Schools receive $1 million grant

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Portales municipal school district will receive $1 million over the next three years to provide in-depth training in American history to 75 elementary and secondary teachers. The school district will use the grant to partner with Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences and other […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

1148795021-5-28garmanpeople2web.jpg

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

Scott highlights Black History Month at ENMU

By Tony Parra Barry Scott said that despite dealing with racism he has remained positive and wanted ENMU students and other audience members to do the same no matter what obstacles they confront. Scott is an African-American motivational speaker who has been on other campuses and preached the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.. “He’s […]

Black History Month activities under way at ENMU

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University African-American students are celebrating Black History Month and encouraging other people in the community to celebrate with them because “Black History is America’s History” “Black History is America’s History” is the theme students from the African-American Affairs office are using for the seminars and festivities for the month […]

Family photo albums part of history

By Helena Rodriquez I didn’t realize how unorganized I was when it comes to documenting my family history until I began doing a scrapbook of my trip last summer to Mexico and started organizing my photo albums. Now granted I’m not a big genealogy buff, although there’s nothing wrong with that, I just don’t have […]

Campus museums offer area’s history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern If you’re tired of driving, try visiting one or all of these Portales museums. There are several museums on the grounds of the Eastern New Mexico University campus, including the Roosevelt County Museum, Miles Mineral Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Roosevelt County Museum has its own building, […]

Local lady discovers ailments by looking into others eyes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary on the porch, a copy of the Ten Commandments in the yard. The theme continues inside. And also with her words. “The human body is a miracle. … God, as the Bible says, […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

1120714750-web-rt66-sign.jpg

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

Welcome: You’re about to become part of U.S. history

Freedom Newspapers Welcome, everyone, to the first of two days of regional history that many will recall far into the distant decades of our lives. Welcome to the members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and their staff. You are the leading players in a unique ritual of freedom: a national hearing conducted in […]

Hilliard takes pride in county’s history

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees who will be recognized during this year’s Heritage Days. Jane Elizabeth Mauk Hilliard comes from a long line of community volunteers and leaders and not only devotes financial support to […]

Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]