One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

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 […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Maybe humans shouldn’t always understand

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist Anthropomorphism is a word that has often been used in a negative context by people in the livestock business. By definition it is the ascription of human characteristics to things not human — particularly animals. In our continuing effort to raise animals for meat purposes humanely we confront huge moral, […]

More horse owners considering rabies shots

By William P. Thompson PNT Staff Writer William_Thompson@link.freedom.com Following a documented case of rabies in a Lea County horse earlier this month, area veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. So far, officials from the New Mexico Department of Public Health say the horse in Lea County is the only known rabies […]

ObituariesGeorge W. Walker

George W. Walker Services: No services are planned. George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family […]

Non-profit looking to Portales for funding

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By Tony Parra A Clovis-based non-profit organization which tries to help children from Roosevelt and Curry Counties with disabilities wants to see if there is a way to get funding through the City of Portales. Mini Blessings a non-profit organization which offers horse-riding therapy for disabled children and some adultss. Lexie Meyers and Kathy Stallings […]

Horse-riding accident takes life of Portales boy

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ivan Bordayo died doing what made him happy. A horse ride Monday evening ended tragically for the 11-year-old when he died from injuries resulting from a horseback accident west of Portales. Family members didn’t like to relive the accident, but they said they couldn’t imagine him doing anything but riding […]

Cowboy remembered as kindhearted

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Frank Garcia was the type of person that produced results. He was a firm cowboy at heart. He lived many years of his life looking in the face of wild and untamed horses and with resiliency, he untapped the ability within those horses through disciplined training. According to family members, Garcia […]

Horses deserve anesthetic before shooting

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]

Horsemanship on display at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra People from around New Mexico made their way into the show arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to learn how to manage their horses. Jinita Hays, an instructor from Lovington of the Pat and Linda Parelli instructional school, gave attendees of the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo tips on how to […]

Obits 8/28

Lynn Roberts, 59 Lynn Roberts, 59, of Artesia, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Las Cruces Nursing Center. She was born on Nov. 4, 1943, in Fresno, Calif., to Vernon and Wanda Hyatt. She went to elementary school in Portales and graduated from high school in Las Cruces. She was preceded in death by her […]

Officials reassure residents

Mike Linn New Mexico health officials told a group of Portales senior citizens about the symptoms and dangers of West Nile Virus, then tried to persuade the group that they had nothing to worry about. Nelson Powers, an entomologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, gave a 45-minute presentation about the mosquito-transmitted virus Tuesday […]

Vaccines can prevent West Nile

Mike Linn Given the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, cases of West Nile virus in horses pales in comparison to other southeastern states. Moreover, human cases have been non-existent in the state and health officials are crossing their fingers in the hopes that this year won’t yield the first. To limit and prevent […]