Anniversaries — Aug. 7

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Wood William (Bill) R .and Ruth Marie Bernhardt Wood of El Dorado, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 6 in Ruidoso. The celebration was hosted by their children: Julie Wood, Chris Wood and Carol Wood Sandoval, grandchildren: Amanda Wood Pullen, Ryan Wood, Janay Summers, Andrew Sandoval, Patrick Sandoval and Taryn Wood and their great-grandchild: […]

Weddings —

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Griffith Brittany L. Behenna of Albuquerque and Brady D. Griffith of Floyd were joined in marriage June 11, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The Rev. Bruce Wilder performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of William Mark and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Melody Behenna of Corrales. She is […]

Engagements — May 1

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Behenna-Griffith William “Mark” Behenna and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Brittany Layne Behenna of Albuquerque, to Brady Don Griffith of Floyd. He is the son of Danny and Kay Griffith of Floyd. The couple will exchange vows June 11, 2011, in Albuquerque. The reception will […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II made sainthood hip

The media is so focused on Prince William and his soon-to-be-princess Kate Middleton that some fear Friday’s royal wedding will steal thunder from Sunday’s much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome. Before JPII was even laid to rest on April 8, 2005, crowds shouted “santo subito” (sainthood now). Sunday’s beatification makes JPII one […]

Press Release: Cannon's Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Portales past: Dec. 2,1941

Dec. 2,1941: The Portales Daily News: Three men were inducted into the U.S. Army this afternoon at the Selective Service office. Homer Braxton was inducted at the same time in Texas. The three inducted here were Lowell William Mullen, Ira Eugene Terrill and Grant Raley Edwards.

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

Portales Past: July 23, 1945

July 23, 1945: William “Happy Bill” Cope, who was promoted as an international ambassador of good will, performed musical acts in the Portales High School auditorium. He was best known for playing Stephen Foster melodies and folk songs on the banjo.

House fire ruled arson

PNT staff A house fire on Thursday at 1205 W. Ivy in Portales has been ruled arson, according to Investigator William Farmer of the State Fire Marshal’s Division. Farmer said the investigation is ongoing, and could not release any more information. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Division will release an official statement next week.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Opening arguments in murder trial begin

Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. Taylor has pleaded […]

Murder trial set for Thursday

PNT staff reports The murder-for-hire trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson is scheduled to begin with opening arguments 9 a.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Watson is accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor — a member of what authorities call the race-based criminal group Aryan Brotherhood — to kill Causey […]

Southeastern Oklahoma holds off Hounds

Freedom New Mexico Senior center William Slones’ dunk with 3:06 left erased Eastern New Mexico University’s only lead of the night and Southeastern Oklahoma went on to a 67-63 men’s Lone Star Conference crossover victory over the Greyhounds on Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. The Savage Storm (3-3), winning for the third time in a […]

Independent reporting legacy of columnist

Freedom Newspapers William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the […]

May 25, 1952

The Portales Daily News reported that two Eastern New Mexico University students would attend the University of Oslo, Norway, in the summer, after receiving scholarships from Norwegian industrial firms. The students were William J. Evans, a graduate student from Clovis, and Keith Green, a junior who had completed a year as the editor of the […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Honors

Knudson Caroline Anne Knudson of Portales has received the Denison Scholarship from Kansas State University for the 2008-2009 academic year. Also, Cory Alexander Young of Clovis was awarded the M.A. Durland, Engineering and Honors scholarships. Caitlyn Marisa Romero of Tucumcari obtained awards from the Agricultural Enhancement Fund and William and Melissa Harold Memorial Scholarship. In […]

William Archibeque and Travis Reid win Championship Flight at Portales Tourney

Member/Guest Golf Tournament Portales Country Club June 6-8 Championship Flight1. Archibeque/Reid 191*2. Welch/Gutierrez 191*3. Sanchez/Hurley 1934. McDaniel/DeHay 1955. Foster/Felan 2006. Crane/Crane 2016. Hunton/McKnight 201 First Flight1. Smith/Lara 2012. Crowley/Crowley 2023. Smith/Thatcher 2044. Moore/Vaughan 208*5. Cordova/Fleetwood 2086. Scanlan/Gurley 2127. Howl/Hahn 2138. Rackler/Rackler 218 Second Flight1. Vardeman/Wornell 2042. Heflin/Eakins 212*3. Rowley/Rowley 212*4. Standerfer/Parkey 212*5. Smith/Victor 2135. Ingle/Kinyon […]