Billy the Kid remembered in museum

For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who ruled the West with […]

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack offers more than racing

Freedom Newspapers “And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Letters to the Editor for May 28, 2006

Reader says column unfair Dear Editor: Regarding Sunday’s column by Karl Terry on Portales’ Maypole tradition: Each person is entitled to his/her own opinion about events. It’s obvious that when the girl called Terry about winding the Maypole years ago, he should have said, “No.” I found Terry’s remarks about Barbara George to be rude, […]

Billy the Kid Scenic Byway offers daytrip through the old Wild West

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Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, into the […]

Billy the Kid stood too close to Garrett

By Don McAlavy Who was this impersonator? He looked so much like Billy the Kid, there were jokes about digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy Pat Garrett shot was still there. He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a member of the Gaslite […]

Nov. 23, 2005 Letters to the Editor

Staying the course may be path to disaster George W. Bush repeated last week his intent to stay the course in Iraq. Left unstated is that invading forces have no rights, only responsibilities.  One of the crucial responsibilities is to abide by the will of the people under occupation.  In Iraq, according to British Ministry […]

‘Old West’ lives in Fort Sumner

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who […]

Summer means disorganized sports

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking about a […]

One-car crash claims man’s life

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man involved in a one-car crash Tuesday night between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Lubbock. Danny Ruther, 21, was driving east on U.S. 60/84 when his car hit the median and slammed into a tree on the south side of the road, a […]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds […]

Billy the Kid still a newsmaker in 2004

By Mike Linn Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans — namely Lincoln and De Baca County sheriffs Tom Sullivan and Gary Graves, and Capitan Mayor […]

Country singer to perform Wednesday at ENMU

By Laurie Stone The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University is bringing what it believes to be a rising star to campus for a concert. Country music artist Aaron Watson is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Wednesday free concert at the Campus Union Ballroom. Watson’s performance is part of a […]

Library presentation enlightens audience with women’s history

Mike Linn She spoke of adobe homes and branding cattle. Crooked sheriffs and the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid and his regulators. Nisha Hoffman, sporting a long dress and black-laced gloves, told about 40 Portales residents on Thursday the story of Susan McSween Barber, also known as the former cattle queen of New Mexico. […]

Not showing at a theater near you

Mike Linn The holiday season usually brings with it a barrage of new movies, from suspense thrillers to dramas. Here are a few movies I’d like to see come to the area: Title: Good ’Till The Last Drop Plot: Set in the year 2035 with a population dwindled to only a handful of residents, a […]

Officials against Billy the Kid investigation

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Officials from the village of Fort Sumner issued a press release Tuesday criticizing an ongoing effort to exhume the bodies of Billy the Kid and his mother, Catherine Antrim. They characterized the action as a cheap stunt designed to further the personal interests of Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, De Baca […]

State made heroes out of violent criminals

Jim Lee Not too many Americans realize the capital of Latvia is Riga. Then again, not too many Americans give a rat’s left ear about the capital of Latvia. That’s why this week’s topic has absolutely nothing to do with Latvia, or Riga for that matter. Instead, I want to mention an anniversary from a […]