My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals […]

Dragonflies: Versatile and voracious hunters

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Sharna Johnson Spring and summer rains on the dry Plains give birth to an uncharacteristic array of flora — and bugs. High moisture also means life for one of the most versatile and voracious hunters of the insect world: Dragonflies. A wet season this year, leaving behind full ponds and standing water, has bolstered dragonfly […]

My turn: Game and Fish offers hunting tips

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging hunters across the state to enjoy their time being outdoors with family and friends this hunting season. NMDGF is passing along tips for hunters: • Non-hunters should remember they share the outdoors with hunters carrying loaded weapons and they should wear bright-colored clothing at all […]

Friday morning briefing: Lucky hunters

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing “lucky list” on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, according to a department news […]

My Turn: Talk about an easy catch

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I want to hear from anglers, hunters and the men (and women) of the great outdoors about your adventures in the wilds of New Mexico and west Texas. Whether it’s about that trophy hanging on your wall, the one that got away or just your frustrating day fishing, hunting, […]

My Turn: State seeking hunting input

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials are conducting public meetings to request input from hunters and maybe trappers about several changes to the state’s big-game hunting rules. The comments and the proposed changes will be presented to the state Game Commission in June. The changes will be […]

Hunters’ deadline nears

PNT Staff Report The Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters to obtain a free customer identification number — new this year — before applying for hunting licenses or permits in annual drawings. The numbers must be obtained before an April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 hunts. Hunters can obtain customer identification numbers and […]

Hunting report deadline approaches

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has announced all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license or permit for the 2008-2009 seasons must file harvest reports by Sunday. Hunters who miss the reporting deadline may still report and be eligible for drawings if they report before the drawing deadline and […]

Nov. 12, 1947

The Portales Daily News reported that because of the unusually cold weather, early successful deer hunters, like Zurel Hathcock and Wade Gunn of Elida, were not finding it necessary to hurry home after a kill to prevent spoilage.

Historic springs

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By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

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• Hunters in Roosevelt County were reportedly having rotten luck in the first sandhill crane hunting season since 1918. Game officials speculated that not enough hunters knew the proper tactics. Hunters said the season was too late and the birds had left for warmer climes. • Joe Bilberry scored 20 points to lead the Floyd […]

Portales Past

Jan. 4, 1961 • The Portales City Council officially adopted the State of New Mexico traffic code as the official code for the city. • Farmers were preparing to meet with a commodity expert from the New Mexico Farm Bureau to investigate growing sugar beets in the area. The Cuban crisis was cutting off traditional […]

October 12, 1958

• Portales 4-H youth Dwayne Disney earned four grand champion trophies with his Jersey cow, Guard’s Able Lucy. The awards were won at the Curry County Fair, Roosevelt County Fair, New Mexico State Fair and the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo. • Delbert Foster, David Stone and Sam Martin had each gotten an antelope during the first […]

Park officials must re-evaluate elk plan

Editorial Attention SEAL Team Six! Stop all overseas operations and return to base. Your next mission takes you to Rocky Mountain National Park, where, under cover of night, you’ll be stealthily stopping an invasion … of elk. We’re joking, of course. Navy SEALs won’t be helping to thin the herd in Colorado’s most popular crown […]

Local bow hunters ready for jamboree

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s B-Y-O-B this weekend at the 10th Annual Caprock Jamboree — as in bring your own bow. Bow shooters and children just learning the hobby from all over the state will congregate outside Grady starting Saturday morning to celebrate their sport and try to shoot their way to several […]

Pheasant frenzy hits local area

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Bill Bradford of Placitas has hunted pheasant for almost 50 years. Bradford said it should be a strong pheasant season in New Mexico, since cold weather has been sparse. “I have bird dogs and I enjoy watching them work,” Bradford said. “And certainly (pheasants) are good to eat.” The four-day […]

Bow hunters aim to teach

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Recreation, relaxation, concentration, and life values such as patience, discipline and persistence — words that members of the Portales Bow Hunters use to describe their sport of archery, and they’ll have a chance to teach the sport they love to members of the Portales and Clovis community this weekend […]

Clovis police investigating homicide

By Sharna Johnson Laura McNaughton was probably not a random homicide victim, Curry County’s undersheriff said on Tuesday. Doug Bowman said investigators are talking to “less than 10” people who may have knowledge about the 30-year-old Clovis woman’s slaying. Bowman said he believes McNaughton may have known her killer. Officials declined again on Tuesday to […]

Coyotes cause problems for many in area

By Ryn Gargulinksi They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote — and area hunters revere them as some of the smartest varmints they have ever met. Roy Tivis of Portales recalls sitting out on a hunt with his usual partners, sons Rodney and Richard, and calling a coyote […]

Sept. 22 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Showers fell Sunday over most of this area. There was just over half inch at Milnesand, but only showers other places. There was almost two inches that fell on Weldon and Hershell Carmichael areas and on over in Texas in the Maple area. No hail or damage was reported anywhere that I […]