Airmen welcomed home

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Over 30 airmen returned to Cannon Air Force Base after various deployments Saturday. Liliana Castillo Thank goodness for video calls. That was Clovis resident Ginger La Tour’s reaction to her husband’s return after almost six months deployed. Their daughter, Addison, is 2 and Ginger La Tour said she changed in […]

ENMU offering youth choirs through outreach program

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Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an experienced choir director and a Portales resident, is starting two children’s choirs, the junior choir for third- to fifth-graders and the senior choir for sixth- through eighth-graders. The choirs are part of the university’s Distance Education and […]

Our people: Heart of the city

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Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Former resident ‘hometown hero’

Courtesy photo Capt. Louisa Jones, second from the right, is midway through her third deployment in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Capt. Louisa Jones hasn’t lived in Portales for nearly 15 years but she still remembers the peanuts. The single mother of two was one of 50 servicemen and women featured in the “My Hometown Marne Hero” […]

In tribute: Resident remembered for dedication to Cannon

File photo By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Alan “Al” Jolly loved people, a clean car and the Dallas Cowboys. But his greatest love was for airmen just finding their way at Cannon Air Force Base. Jolly, a former Cannon airman, Realtor and car sales manager, died June 22 at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was […]

Engagements — May 9

Elrod-McElroy Darren Elrod and Jo Rheta McElroy are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-elect is a retiree and Portales resident. The prospective groom is a Portales resident currently employed as a paramedic/firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. on May 15, 2010, at the […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, who spent most of her childhood in Portales, exhibits many of the trademark signs of centenarians. But if you ask for her secrets to living to be 107, she will tell you she has […]

Bingaman supports reappointment of Portales resident on peanut board

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reappoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region. Shearer is president and CEO of Sunland, Inc., the nation’s largest handler of Valencia peanuts. Shearer is an original member of the board, […]

Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law. The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse. Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, […]

Portales resident has 32 years of volunteer service

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Sidney Phillips has been a resident of Portales for 32 years and is president of the auxiliary at Roosevelt General Hospital. What other volunteering work have you done? This is a long time ago, but I used to work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we would always do a trash walk. I’ve lived here […]

Community honors citizen of the year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lifelong Floyd resident, community servant, Christian and jack-of-all-trades Alvis Griffith has been named Floyd’s Citizen of the Year. The award was presented at Floyd’s 59th Annual Country Jamboree Saturday night. Griffith said he thanked his family and friends, as well the Floyd Lions Club. “I am greatly honored,” Griffith […]

U.S. resident’s imprisonment endangers rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided this month to review the case of Ali Saleh Khalah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who was apprehended by the federal government and held for more than five years in a Navy brig. He stands accused of being an al-Qaida operative. A three-judge panel of 4th […]

Families bond with fishing

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Longtime Portales resident Buddy Beck has a saying — for every day of fishing, God gives you an extra one. If that’s true, Beck and his 8-year-old grandson Brayden have many days of fishing ahead of them. Several Roosevelt and Curry County children attended the 17th annual kids’ fishing […]

Resident reports sign burning

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Church suspends fundraiser

A Portales church has suspended its annual fall charity fundraising campaign while it seeks clarification on panhandling laws after a family said it was threatened with arrest for collecting door-to-door. Toni Kiernan said she and her two sons were followed home by police officers Tuesday night after a resident complained about them knocking on doors […]

Clovis resident is ‘Ed the Dairyman’

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Former Clovis resident arrested in Texas

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old former Clovis resident was arrested Friday in Rockdale, Texas, on four counts of child solicitation. Frank Sanchez’ arrest stems from an Internet investigation conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sanchez, a registered sex offender, contacted a decoy Internet profile used by sheriff’s investigators and […]

Resident objects to politically altered Zia

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer At least one Portales resident objects to the Roosevelt County field office of the Democratic party displaying an altered New Mexico Zia symbol used to promote Barack Obama. A sign on the front door of the office on Thursday displayed the Zia symbol with Obama’s official campaign art in […]

Area residents make sports connections with fantasy football

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Clovis resident Dan Booth was at the Cowboys-Eagles Monday night football game Sept. 14 at Texas Stadium. Booth is a die-hard Cowboys fan who wanted the Cowboys to win the game — but he also wanted Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook to have a big game. Such a scenario […]