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Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election.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 […]