Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

Clovis soldier’s recovery progressing

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Don’t let government stop you

What is it you most would like to do if you had no onerous regulations and laws holding you back? What would you do with liberty? This is a question libertarian author and novelist L. Neil Smith has posed in the past. It is still one of the best ways to awaken to the potential […]

Col. West assumes command of 27th SOG

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, hands the guidon to Col. William West 27th Special Operations Group commander, on Sept. 9 at Cannon Air force Base. West formally served as the chief of strategy division for the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center. By Airman […]

My turn: We all have ability to be heroes

Horace Smith said, “Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.” William Rotsler said, “A hero is one who thinks slower than a coward.” Some heroes act because they cannot stand the guilt of not acting. Others are driven by acclaim (when recognition is guaranteed). What constitutes being a hero? Is a downed pilot […]

Clovis soldier awarded Purple Heart

Courtesy photo: Cassie Smith Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins presented a Purple Heart to 5-year-old Cadence Smith, standing with her mother, Lindsey Smith, on July 30 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., for her father Dale Smith Jr., who was wounded July 15 in Afghanistan. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections When […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Engagements — Jan. 16

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Smith-Carpenter Stephanie Smith and Tyler Carpenter of Austin, Texas, will be married Jan. 28, 2011, at the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bruce and Cindy Smith of Lansing, Mich. The prospective groom is the son of Craig and Jaqque Johnson of Clovis. The bride-elect graduated from Michigan State University […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Portales past: Aug. 22, 1950

Aug. 22, 1950: Anyone lost a hive of bees? Mrs. Herbert Smith, 423 S. Main St., was hoping the owner would come by her house and claim the honey makers.

Schools offer GI Bill assistance

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Margaret Estrada, Veterans Affairs representative at Eastern New Mexico University, helps Matthew Viamontes, a junior criminal justice major and disabled Marine veteran. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Both Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada […]

Portales Past: April 8, 1945

April 8, 1945: Aud Smith, physical education director at Portales High School, was set to begin duties as the city’s summer recreation director.

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

20th SOS reactivated

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Lt. Col. Matt Smith addresses the crowd after assuming command of the 20th Special Operations Squadron Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the CV-22 Osprey. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections The Green Hornets are back in the air. The 54-year history of the Hornets, officially known as […]

Green Hornets return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Green Hornets are back in the air. The 54-year history of the Hornets, officially known as the 20th Special Operations Squadron, entered its new phase in the Air Force on Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. In a brief ceremony, Lt. Col. Matt Smith assumed command of the […]

Arkansas shooting suspect jailed

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting of an Arkansas police officer is being held in Tucumcari today on a $1 million bond after police say he turned himself in at San Jon port of entry. Tristan Honey, 25, of Fort Smith, Ark. surrendered to New Mexico Port of Entry Officer […]

Portales veteran to be honored

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]