Portales past: Sept. 18, 1945

Portales Daily News: Mr. and Mrs. Don Breech, N.T. Watson, W.E. Hensley and W.R. Tinsley of Yuma, Ariz., have just returned from Denver, where they attended a meeting to see the new 1946 Ford car.

Volunteer profile: Ed and Pat Watson

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Names: Ed and Pat Watson Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired trucking company owner and teacher Volunteers: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies and Red Men, and Meals on Wheels Why they do it: “We do this because we like people,” Pat said.

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor […]

Jury deliberating Watson verdict

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

Closing arguments in Watson trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Councilor withdraws from election

Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election. Leo Lovett is now the only declared candidate running for Ward C. Watson said Lovett is qualified for the position and feels he will do a good job.

Shawn Watson sworn in as new city councilor

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Local real estate agent Shawn Watson was sworn in Thursday as the new city councilor for Ward C. Watson replaces Don Shafer, who retired in March, shortly after being re-elected, because he was moving to Clovis. Mayor Orlando Ortega appointed Watson to the seat, and the City Council ratified […]

Dec. 2 Wedding

Watson/Hill Julie Watson and Greg Hill, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 1 in Clovis. The Rev. Dave McVey performed the double ring wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Delores and Larry Gentry of Clovis and Joe and Mary Watson of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sammie McCain of Portales […]

Arrests relieve town

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey […]

Cattlemen gather in Tucumcari for annual beef symposium

By Ryn Gargulinski TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces what […]

Training educators of the future

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By Tony Parra There was a common theme expressed during Friday and Saturday’s 2005 Future Educators Association State Conference as to why people want to be teachers. They want to be teachers because they have a passion and a love for it. High School students from Clovis, Portales, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and other towns from […]

Clovis resident works to save prairie dogs

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just been saved. They were captured at a future construction site as part of a rescue effort spearheaded by Clovis resident Susan Hubby. Using a method that flushes the guinea-pig-sized member of the squirrel family from their […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

March 25 Obituaries

Robert English, 90 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Clovis. The Rev. Robert A. English, 90, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on April 2, 1914, in Tarrant County, Texas, to John Robert and Lydia Coomer English. He […]

Country singer to perform Wednesday at ENMU

By Laurie Stone The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University is bringing what it believes to be a rising star to campus for a concert. Country music artist Aaron Watson is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Wednesday free concert at the Campus Union Ballroom. Watson’s performance is part of a […]

May 19 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Our area is no different than any given area in the world — some good news and some bad news. Now the problem with most reporters is the focus mostly on the bad. I am going to do the good first. We are praising God for Nancy Tivis finally getting her liver […]