Job takes Portales man to Middle East

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bob Johnston, left, and British Reconnaissance Officer Andy Recouski, retired, worked together in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Being a general contractor never meant looking around every corner or learning to sleep through bombings until Portales resident Bob Johnston decided to take his job international. After seven years in the Army and 28 […]

Honors — Dec. 12

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Grubbs Stacy Grubbs was selected the November Employee of the Month by Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Grubbs is a Referral and Prior Authorization Specialist in the RGH Physicians Clinic and has been employed for the last three years with RGH. Beginning her employment as a clinic receptionist, Grubbs has a smile for everyone and […]

My turn: Nature has no schedule

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Patrick Lyons, 57, of Melrose has been hunter for 45 years and thought he had seen it all. Lyons, New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands for the last eight years and an incoming Public Regulation Commission member, has had his share of unexpected developments — fine targets in sight only to discover the safety was […]

Honors — Dec. 5

Lofton Mr. Daniel Lofton was selected October Employee of the Month at Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Daniel has been the director of information technology at RGH for the past three years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is known around the hospital for his pleasant personality and his “can do” […]

Our people: Record holder

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Curry County Assessor Randy Williams has been employed by Curry County for 31 years, which turns out to be a record. He’s retiring Jan. 1. Williams is also a second generation assessor. His mother Alyce Pat Williams Littlejohn served four terms as Curry County assessor. Williams said when he started, elected officials could serve two, […]

Convicted robber sentenced to prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to Ninth […]

Former ENMU student sentenced on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and […]

Cattleman’s challenge curbs carcinogens

I sent the final postcard to Bob before Christmas. For the last 20 years I’ve sent a postcard to Bob and Dottie from every place I traveled. That would be over a thousand cards. I didn’t write much on them, just where I was, what the weather was doin’, and maybe what group I was […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Portales man convicted on meth charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was convicted Thursday on six charges, including methamphetamine possession. Greg Sena, 29, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Sena was also found guilty of battery on a peace officer, aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, attempted child […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, […]

Former councilor reflects on public service

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As Michael Miller steps down from the Portales City Council after more than eight years, he says he’s most proud of the city’s good financial standing. “I enjoyed the council,” Miller, 54, said. When Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected mayor in the middle of his council term in 2002, he appointed Miller to finish that […]

Vietnam veterans reunited

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of a phone call. […]

Family kicks it together

The Suan family. Front: Sharon Suan, Back from left to right, Jennifer Suan, Eric Suan, Maria Suan and Camerin Suan. By Gabe Monte: Cannon Connections As Eric and Marie Suan flip through the family photo album in their martial arts gym on Thornton Street, Eric remarks he can tell the ages of their children by […]

My turn: Local communities acknowledge veterans’ service with ceremonies

Alisa Boswell I have to say it made me proud to see how much acknowledgment our local communities and newspapers gave Veterans Day this year. It was significant to me to write the Veterans Day cover story for the Clovis and Portales papers, because my father was in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years […]

Best lessons discovered on your own

Jim told me a story of his youth. Of course, it could have happened yesterday knowing cowboys the way I do. Jim was 12. His brothers were two years off, either way. Their dad sent the boys out a’horseback to bring in Bully Boy, one of their herd sires, to the home corrals. Instructions were […]

TriWest ready to help you quit

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great […]

Lyons retains District 2 PRC seat

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Donated stuffed bears, quilts help comfort children

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Argen Duncan Community donations of stuffed toy animals and handmade quilts have been helping local law enforcement officers comfort children in traumatic situations for years. Police officers and deputies carry the items in their cars. Sgt. Charlie Smart of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office estimated he hands out 10 to 15 stuffed animals per year. […]

Birthdays — Oct. 31

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Winnie Ethel (Brown) Moore [image #1, align=right, size=medium] It was Oct. 20, 1910, in Rockwood, Texas, when Joseph and Margaret America Garner became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl who they named Winnie Ethel. She was the 11th child in a family of 12 children. Winnie is a long time resident of Clovis, having […]