McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo. “Floyd has […]

Theater department prepares for ‘Nightingale’

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Scattered throughout the Eastern New Mexico University costume shop is a dedicated group of students and their director working feverishly to put the remaining touches on costumes for the upcoming production of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” Written by Tennessee Williams, the play takes place in 1910 and is set […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]

Precincts gear up for general election

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gearing up for the general election, precinct workers have been brushing up on rules and regulations at an election school that was held on Wednesday and Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. During the school, precinct workers are briefed on laws, and what is to be done on election […]

“Kirby man” still going

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales.

Plans for Cannon celebration in works

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007, along with […]

Beating the heat

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Landscapers are some of the busiest day laborers during the summer months. Loren Chatterton and Chris Hernandez work for Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Recently, they have been assigned to work out in the spring heat laying pavers for a new patio outside of a Portales restaurant. Chatterton, who has […]

Villanuevas evolved from stay-at-home to working women

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Motherhood has drastically changed over the past three generations. In the 1950s, Mela Villanueva was a housewife. Today, her daughter, Corrine Gonzales, is a working mom, and next year, her granddaughter, Rebekah, will attend college before marriage and motherhood. On Mother’s Day, this Portales family serves as a vivid […]

The luckiest man in Portales

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By William P. Thompson At 90, Portales’ Harold Knox considers himself lucky. He has a little knee trouble but still gets around town. And the stories he can tell of life in Portales date back to the early 20th century. “I was born on this site (the 2000 block of South Avenue B) in 1915. […]

Portales left high and dry

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By Karl Terry Portales residents went without showers and flushes for nearly 24 hours on Saturday due to a major water-main break. Water remained off throughout the city until 9 p.m., but officials said they expected it would be flowing again from residential taps before midnight. City officials said a 24-inch major distribution line broke […]