Wildlife, camping at Sumner Lake State Park

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Courtesy of Sumner Lake State Park A deer is looking around at Sumner Lake State Park is one of many wildlife who make their home at the park. Place: Sumner Lake State Park Location: The park is 18 miles southwest of Fort Sumner on N.M. 203. It is roughly 75 miles or an hour-and-25-minute drive […]

County helps with grassfire

PNT staff Roosevelt County fire crews helped fight a grassfire 45 miles south of Elida on Thursday afternoon, said Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The last available update, given before 5 p.m., was that 6,000 had burned, he said.

Day trip: Smokey Bear Historical Park

Courtesy of Smokey Bear Historical Park Visitors can learn about forest fires and the famous Smokey Bear at Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan. Place: Smokey Bear Historical Park Location: 118 First Street, Capitan. The park is three hours and 20 minutes or 190 miles from Cannon Air Force Base. What activities can you enjoy […]

Portales’ country roads eyesore

I live three miles west of Portales. As the population grows outside the city limits, so do my concerns about the piling up of trash and tumbleweeds. It’s not only an eyesore, but a fire danger. Our county officials need to look into controlling this problem because it looks like individuals won’t do it. There […]

Veteran seeks out local vets

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Robertson, a 24-year Navy veteran, is working to compile a list of local veterans to highlight their military service. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections A Cannon Air Force Base employee is trying to list every veteran possible for 110 miles. Director of the Cannon Retiree Activities Program Richard Robertson […]

Residents plan celebration around inauguration

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As Barack Obama places his hand on the family bible and gives the oath of office in a historic presidential inauguration thousands of miles away from Roosevelt County Tuesday, a small band of local Obama campaign volunteers will gather in a Portales home to watch the occasion. Portales resident […]

Jan. 19, 1981

The Portales News Tribune reported that the Roosevelt County Commission approved a measure put forth by Sheriff Stanley Bilberry to use air travel to transport Roosevelt County prisoners if the extraditions were over 600 miles. Under the current policy, the prisoners had to be driven, no matter what the distance.

Nov. 22, 1958

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Sept. 15, 1939

New Mexico Governor John E. Miles and his wife were guests of honor at the Roosevelt County Fair and spoke at Eastern New Mexico College, their first visit to Portales.

Organization devotes time to veterans

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman 1st Class Timothy Lopez, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, takes a walk with retired soldier William Conrad, during a visit to the Thomas E. Creek Veteran Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 28. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs History lies […]

Carters settle on “White Earth”

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By Ruth Burns: Special to the PNT By Ruth Burns Special to the PNT One of the first of the pioneers to come to the Roosevelt County area was the Carter Family, who settled at Tierra Blanca Lake about 10 miles west of the present site of Portales, so named because of the “White Earth” […]

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 […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

Prosthetic legs don't slow runner

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Running 2,500 miles across the United States takes ambition, optimism, faith, perseverance, and for one man, two prosthetic legs. Marine veteran Gene Roberts, a Baltimore native, whose legs were taken from him during the Vietnam conflict, is running from Camp […]

Disabled man attempts cross country run

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections An explosion in Vietnam robbed a young Marine of his legs, but not his faith and perseverance. Gene Roberts is on a mission to show how God helps people overcome challenges. The Maryland native is running across the United States on prosthetic limbs designed for athletics. “It is challenging, but […]

October 21, 1988

• An F-111 D Fighter jet from the 524th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, crashed approximately two miles north from the Roosevelt/Curry line and one and one-half miles west of the CAFB road. The crew ejected from the jet safely and were taken to the base for treatment. • ”Clean and Sober” […]

September 28, 1988

• Construction began on the new Midway Dance Hall, located seven miles east of Portales on US 70. • Retired school teacher Frank Burke was busy shoveling garbage from underneath the railroad crossing on North Main Street. Burke, who was tired of getting no response from either the city or the county on the situation, […]

Ranch gives everyone chance to show artistic side

It’s been an unmistakeable feature of West Texas, and Cadillacs, for more than three decades. It’s been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper stories, documentaries and even a theatrical film. It can be a day of fun for a family with a few cans of spray paint. The Cadillac ranch, located a few miles […]

Atomic History

By Tom Berg: Freedom News Service Surviving ground zero: Two Marines, one from Jacksonville, N.C., absorbed the blast. But could they withstand the fallout 50 years later? HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – It was 50 years ago this month the two men defied death in the Nevada desert. One hour before dawn, the young Marines were […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

Courtesy photo One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]