Portales Past: July 19, 1950

July 19, 1950: A Portales man was being held by police in Amarillo following a shooting in a city park. Amarillo police said W. B. Parks of Portales told them he shot an Amarillo man twice because he wouldn’t stop talking about birds. “I told him to get away from me. He wouldn’t leave me […]

Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Avoiding ’24’ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that […]

Portales Past: May 12, 1910

May 12, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald told its readers that Halley’s Comet was plainly visible between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. The paper reported it would be closest to Earth on May 18 and not so close again for 76 years.

My turn: Lessons learned by watching

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I recently found out how much you can learn by watching other people cook. My friend Nisha, her husband Victor, and their friends David and Martha fixed quite a dinner when I visited. Nisha told me to relax when I offered to help. When Nisha moved to America from […]

Dems back tax increase for wealthy

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 votes in […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose and […]

Daughter's weight more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]

Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time […]

Portales woman sentenced for son’s death

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Portales woman who said God told her to flush the devil from her 6-year-old son was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the boy’s death, according to the district attorney’s office. Teresa Gilman, 26, was arrested in January 2007 after an ambulance was […]

Roosevelt had warped view of liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist One of my colleagues at Chapman University told me how much he favors the following sentiment expressed by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I am not for a return to that definition of liberty under which for many years a free people were gradually regimented into the service […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

Tribute honors local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Joe Blair, a World War II veteran and commander of American Legion Post 31 in Portales, unfurls an American flag during the veterans tribute. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections American armed forces are ordinary citizens doing their duty, Col. James L. Cardoso, commander of the 27th Special Operations Group, told […]

Sept 8, 1948

In two classified ads, Bob Sartain and H.A. Bryant were told they won complimentary tickets to see “Tarzan and the Mermaids” showing at the Yam Theater.

Finance manager says Curry County fiscally sound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Citing good fiscal health, Curry County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told county commissioners Friday the county has built

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Child's questions can be challenging

By Anita Doberman Children ask all sorts of embarrassing questions and sometimes put us on the spot. This weekend, I had a lot of explaining to do when we visited New Orleans. I went with my five children and my teenage babysitter — naturally hubby still deployed. We thought that it would be fun to […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Midway through Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors have heard three hours of a video where Novak said he repressed memories of the night his wife died but saw no way he could have possibly caused her harm. In the […]

Parents of deceased airman give testimony in Saturday’s session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]