Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Household war results in carnage

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]

ENMU briefs

Music building renovation ramping up Eastern New Mexico University may be on a break from classes, but renovation work at the Music Building will be ramped up. This week, utilities to some campus buildings will be turned off periodically as a result. Among the effected areas will be the water cutoffs to the faculty lounge […]

Jan. 25, 1949

Dr. Joseph Acey Cooper, a prominent cattleman of Kenna and a homesteader to the area, was buried in the Kenna Cemetery after his sudden death the previous Sunday. His family homesteaded in Kenna in 1906 after moving from Pickton, Texas. He eventually turned to ranching and became one of Roosevelt County’s most prosperous ranchers.

Dec. 9, 1947

One hundred sixty-eight peanut growers turned out to vote in an election to restore quotas on marketing and acreage over the following three years. They comprised almost half of the 400 peanut growers in the valley.

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 […]

Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, was airlifted […]

Causey turned to breaking mustangs when buffalo hunting ended

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By Ruth Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles about George Causey and buffalo hunting on the plains. In 1877, George Causey bought the water rights at Yellow House near the present site of Littlefield, Texas, and established a permanent buffalo hunting camp there. Yellow House, or Casas […]

Geocaching develops into annual Heritage Days event

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A Portales resident has turned one of his favorite hobbies — geocaching — into an annual event during Heritage Days. What is geocaching? It is not the latest eco-friendly fuel source or conservation practice; it is part treasure hunt and part mystery solving. “Think of it as a high-tech […]

Houseguests worth a few challenges

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I briefly turned my back on the pan of gravy to start another pot of coffee and it erupted like a white volcano from the stove. Seconds later the smoke alarm was going off and both dogs were nervous and one was barking his head off. A manageable problem […]