Reader submitted content: Soldiers helped bring comrade’s body to Portales

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Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for our physicals. I will never forget what the major said when he saw us: “What do we have here? A bunch of [...]

Report: Former police chief victim of extortion plot

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, [...]

Hotel magnate had short political career

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Conrad Hilton was born on Christmas day in 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus “Gus,” was born in Norway and arrived in New Mexico by way of Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1882. His mother, Mary Laufersweiler, also from Fort Dodge, married Gus on Lincoln’s birthday in 1885. [...]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Police revealed few details at a Wednesday evening press conference, more than 30 hours after two men were injured in a fall down an elevator shaft at Hotel Clovis. Clovis police said they have ruled out criminal activity in the incident. The city’s Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt [...]

Public meeting on Hotel Clovis project rescheduled

The City of Clovis is preparing to abate the Hotel Clovis to remove asbestos, pigeon guano and lead based paint.

Portales woman shot in leg in Albuquerque hotel

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman was shot in the leg early Friday morning while she slept at an Albuquerque hotel, according to Albuquerque police. Sylvia Montano, 56, is listed as stable after receiving treatment at University of New Mexico Hospital, Officer Nadine Hamdy said Friday afternoon. It is a unique case, Hamdy said, considering [...]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on [...]

Lessons learned while traveling

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a [...]

Downtown hotel could be open as soon as 2007

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deal is moving forward, and if a local developer realizes his dream, Portales could have a refurbished historic hotel downtown within two years. Portales developer Larry Combs has the option to purchase the former Portales Inn property, which the city of Portales and the MainStreet Organization acquired earlier [...]