Portales Past: July 8, 1941

July 8, 1941: Lee Trammel, a rancher in the Arch community, reported he’d lost four yearlings so far this year to lightning strikes.

Portales past: June 26, 1960

June 26, 1960: Alvin Stevenson, a 40-year-old Elida rancher, was in the hospital following a weekend fall from a windmill. He suffered five broken ribs and a broken collarbone.

Their view: Candidate says he understands importance of state’s lands

Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush is the Republican nominee for state land commissioner. What does the land commissioner do? Rush answers the question on his website (http://mattrushlandcommissioner.com/): “The simple answer is, the state of New Mexico owns 9 million acres of land and 13 million of minerals working with oil and gas industry [...]

Candidates take to road

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while [...]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor [...]

Pore space bill could define ownership of underground pockets

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican Jack Chatfield has an easy-going drawl, a rancher’s calloused bear grip of handshake and he’s got an eye toward a new source of revenue. The Mosquero man has been at the Roundhouse frequently in the last few weeks promoting pore space ownership – an idea catching on in the [...]

Elida rancher has multiple successes as angus breeder

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Blow-drying cattle hair is proving a productive use of time for one Elida rancher. To stimulate hair growth in his registered Angus show cattle, Greg Smith or one of his few employees rinse and blow dry the animals daily. The result: Other than some really good-looking if not well-coiffed [...]

Dec. 3, 1977

Kenna rancher John F. Clemmons was named to the Board of Regents of New Mexico State University by Gov. Jerry Apodaca, taking the place of the late R. L. Aherns of Farmington.

U.S. Attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

The Associated Press The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causay on July [...]

Roosevelt County man indicted in 2005 homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree [...]