Longtime Roosevelt County residents honored

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Jared Tucker Bluegrass music and an array of food followed the presentation of this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer Awards at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lifelong Roosevelt County residents Joe Blair and Melvin and Marie Littlejohn were all chosen as this year’s award recipients. Blair, a WWII veteran and recipient of the 2008 Portales citizen of […]

Administration must be careful with personal data

Freedom New Mexico Immigration activists are rightly starting to rethink their trust of the Obama administration. They have good reason: This administration has been more active in pursuing and deporting illegal residents than its immediate predecessors. Those advocates might, however, be a bit too sensitive about one recent development. People are voicing alarm that the […]

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]

Portales Past: July 6, 1960

July 6, 1960: Causey residents were reporting 8.9 inches of rain had fallen on the community since July 1. Portales was reporting 3.93 inches for the month after an overnight drenching.

Legal process complicates border security

Freedom New Mexico Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 […]

Segment of Curry County road closed for repairs

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Road Department has temporarily closed a segment of Curry Road C between Curry Roads 16 and 17 due to damage from inclement weather. A repair is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Area residents are urged to seek an alternate route. Information: Road Superintendent Chris Pacheco: 762-1501.

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

Portales past: June 8, 1910

June 8, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald encouraged area residents to clean up their properties. “The streets of a town can be made scrupulously clean in a very short time,” the paper reported, “and it is a condition to be desired now at this season of the year, as it would cause Mr. Fly to […]

Residents honor fallen soldiers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales residents remembered the fallen Monday. The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the local American Legion post held separate Memorial Day ceremonies at the Portales Cemetery. The UDC ceremony began with the dedication of a headstone for Confederate veteran George W. Wood. “We are grateful for the records […]

My turn: Comet didn’t cause panic

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If eastern New Mexico residents were concerned they would die when the earth passed through the tail of Halley’s comet 100 years ago this week, the mood was not reflected in the pages of the Roosevelt County Herald. The comet that appears once every 75 to 76 years was clearly visible in Portales’ skies, according […]

Portales Past: May 20, 1960

May 20, 1960: Rural residents were being invaded by Miller moths. Residents reported they were leaving lights and television sets off at night in efforts to keep the Millers away.

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

Residents get glimpse of Cannon aircraft

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was a positive. Col. Stephen Clark said the base is a large part of Clovis and Portales. “Our airmen are a part of the community,” said Clark. […]

Fire departments to use grants for water tanks

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two Roosevelt County fire departments have received grants allowing them to provide better service while lowering home insurance premiums for residents. Floyd and Arch fire departments learned Monday they were chosen to receive $100,000 each through the state Fire Marshal’s Office Grant Council. The money is earmarked for water […]

County counts consistent

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has had a 54 percent mail-in return rate and Portales has had a 52 percent return, according to www.census2010.gov. Officials have said in the 2000 […]

Cannon Operational Readiness Exercise begins Saturday

Freedom New Mexico People who live on or near Cannon Air Force Base may be affected by an Operational Readiness Exercise scheduled for Saturday through April 15, according to a news release from the base. Residents may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, sirens or simulated explosions. According to the release, traffic […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much […]

Portales Past: March 14, 1950

March 14, 1950: Male residents of the Roosevelt County communities of Bluit and Bledsoe performed in the play “The Womanless Wedding” at the Bledsoe school.