Now that’s mudslinging

John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or the other […]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

Domenici’s service deserves recognition

By Kevin Wilson Pete Domenici’s been serving New Mexico for four decades, and I hope one of his greatest acts of service doesn’t go ignored. Domenici, who is leaving the Senate due to health reasons, made an address to what is the final state Legislature of his Senate career. The longtime Republican spoke not of […]

Students show appreciation for fire, police departments

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Steven Cain, Chuck Haman and Chief John Bridges of the Portales Fire Department try some of the home-baked items presented to them Tuesday. The items were baked by Portales High School junior and senior girls for both the fire department and the police department. According to PHS Secretary Corrine Gonzales, the project was a way […]

October 10, 1958

• During the Portales School Board meeting, it was announced that John P. Steiner fifth grade teacher John C Phelps had resigned. Phelps had been accepted for a position with the Border Patrol and was to report to Las Cruces for duty the following week. • Crowning of the queen, a bonfire and pep rally signaled […]

Promotions

The following Cannon Air Force Base airmen have been promoted to staff sergeant: Robinson, Hugh Carter, Jenita Thompson, Nathan Trapp, Daniel Eggers, Michael Brown, Johnny Daniels, Robert Robinson, Jaime Marks, Christopher Love, James Cruz, Vonda Syzdek, John Laurent, Ray Harper, Travis Wagner, Matthew Gould, Joseph Manion, Thomas Labonte, Scott Greene, Boyd Byrd, Michael De La […]

August 1, 1960

• A group representing the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce met with Gov. John Burroughs in an effort to designate Taylor’s Grove as a state park. • A three pound carton of Mrs. Tuckers shortening was on sale for 55 cents at Franks University Food Market.

July 20, 1977

• Thirteen downtown businesses were preparing for a joint half-day sale that would be held from noon to 8 p.m. The merchants were offering summer clearance specials and bargains on selected merchandise. • John Wayne and Lauren Bacall starred in The Shootist, the featured showing at the Varsity Drive-In Theatre. • A Rinsenvac professional do-it-yourself […]

June 17, 1980

• Bronco Billy, starring Clint Eastwood and Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta, were both showing at the Tower Twin. • In junior league girls softball, the Blue Jays defeated the Bobcats 21- 9 at Morrison Field. • A 19 ounce package of Oreo cookies was on sale at Gibson’s Discount Center for 99 cents.

Cannon celebrates anniversary of name

Freedom Newspapers Today marks 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. Cannon served as commander of Tactical Air Command after a lengthy career that extended through World War II and up to his death in 1955. Gen. John K. Cannon Born: 1892, Salt […]

American movie icon always cast as hero

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Heroes, manufactured or real, we don’t have enough good ones these days. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of America’s greatest hero — John Wayne. My earliest memories of the Duke come from Portales’ old Varsity Drive-In west of the city. My family never missed a John Wayne […]

May 11, 1960

• Gov. John Burroughs received 2,399 votes in Roosevelt County during the Democratic Primary election, while his opponents Joe Bursey received 1,476 and Tom Holland received 146 votes. • Miss June Hahn was chosen as Girl of the Month by the North Portales 4-H Club. • The Thursday Drive-in special at Mac’s was a ham […]

Concert to benefit tornado victims

Freedom Newspapers More than 20 R&B, hip-hop, rap and Latin artists will perform tonight at the Clovis Civic Center. According to event organizer Joe Sena, the concert will benefit those affected by the March 23 tornado. “All the money raised will go to Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico or the Lighthouse Mission,” Sena said. […]

Delivery driver stabbed in Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed multiple times and robbed Saturday while delivering pizza, according to Clovis police. Guido Fernandez, 20, an employee of Papa John’s Pizza, was stabbed at least five times around 10:30 p.m. after he delivered pizza on Gidding Street, according to a police report. Fernandez suffered a […]

March 1, 1966

Two area men are with the U.S. Air Force in Morocco near the earthquake disaster area. They are Sgt. Richard Tucker, formerly stationed at CAFB and now on a year tour of duty in Africa and Huey King, who went to Morocco after his basic training in the U.S. was finished. Neither Sgt. Tuckers wife […]

Feb. 7, 1978

At the Feb. 4th meeting of Goober Gulch Gabbers, outgoing president Lowry Hill (Yogi Bear) presided. New officers were elected, with John Looper (Double Nickel) becoming president; Nelda Dictson (Blue Bonnet) is the new secretary; Rose Scarborough (Blue Jet) is treasurer. Leo Stinnett (White Top) John Drummond (Big John) and A.G. Scarborough (Jake Leg) are […]

Driven by history: Man rebuilds family bus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Driving a bright yellow school bus has been a part of daily life for several generations in the Anthony clan at Elida. An important part of that heritage was recently reclaimed from the prairie dust of eastern New Mexico and has found a home inside the Anthony barn. Fred […]

Couple completes degrees

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer John and Betty Ellis ironically met in a marriage and family class at Eastern New Mexico University in 1986. They had differing views on marriage, yet they tied the knot and put their education on hold. Twenty years later, following a 17-year hiatus from college, careers in restaurant management, […]

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 […]

Ghost stories scarier when based in reality

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ghost stories, good ghost stories with actual historical characters, are hard to come by and even harder for some of us to remember. I never had a really good one until a few years ago. But the following ghost tale really happened one blustery fall near a historic gravesite. […]