Ag Expo considered success

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the high winds and blowing dirt, exhibitors and officials are calling the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo a success. “I think it was very successful. I’m pleased with it,” said Sharon King, events manager. New to the Expo this year were the dairy seminars offered in English […]

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 […]

Portales man sentenced to prison

PNT Staff Report A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler […]

Cannon transition underfunded

Freedom Newspapers The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s 2008 […]

Officials say next meetings are crucial

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline project, […]

March 4, 1969

Marshall Rowley, only son of Mrs. H.G. Rowley of Portales and her late husband has been selected by New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation as conservation rancher of the year. His program of distribution of grazing with his control of erosion and use of chemicals in eradication of weeds won him the recognition […]

March 2, 1969

The members of Chi Chapter Beta Sigma Phi entertained their sister chapters, XI Lambda and Preceptor Gamma at an evening party recently at the REA Hospitality Room with an international dinner consisting of foods prepared from all over the world. The tables were decorated with dolls dressed in costumes of many nations and flags of […]

March 1, 1966

Two area men are with the U.S. Air Force in Morocco near the earthquake disaster area. They are Sgt. Richard Tucker, formerly stationed at CAFB and now on a year tour of duty in Africa and Huey King, who went to Morocco after his basic training in the U.S. was finished. Neither Sgt. Tuckers wife […]

Lady Rams step to the plate

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley and her girls are determined to get past the Class 3A state tournament first-round game, their stumbling block last year against Santa Fe Indian School. “We were leading that game and we ended up losing in the last two innings,” Crowley said. “We had […]

Tractor promotes breast cancer awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie Mac and Shelia Smith of Roswell. The pink — yes, pink — tractor stood out in the midst of the green, red and orange tractors […]

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Brown hosts open house

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several students were beaming with pride Tuesday as their families took a tour of their new classrooms at Brown Early Childhood Center. The kindergarten wing of the school, which opened Jan. 9, held a community open house Tuesday with students, families, teachers and even the contractors who built the […]

Feb. 28, 1960

Cecil Cook has purchased the Morgan Insurance Agency from Mrs. Mary Morgan and Jay Morgan and will take over the business on March 1. Mr. Cook has been in the insurance business in Clovis and Portales for the past four years. He will change the name of the firm to Cecil Cook Insurance Agency and […]

Some thoughts not worth entire column

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m in a fortunate position where I can spend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of things that are good enough to share, but not good enough for their own […]

Wild animals must be managed

Editorial Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd gradually […]

Local teams ready for playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The road through the high school basketball state championships is now public, and Portales, Elida and Dora teams have their road maps laid out in front of them. The New Mexico Activities Association released the official basketball state championship brackets Sunday afternoon. The District 4-3A champion Portales Lady Rams […]

Drought seminar planned for Ag Expo

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For […]

Cannon captain sentenced to one year

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This report contains language that some readers may find offensive. A Cannon Air Force Base captain has been sentenced to one year of military confinement and will be dismissed from the Air Force after he was found guilty of molesting an 8-year-old boy, according to base officials. Capt. […]

Tigers upset Dora

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DORA — The Elida Tigers narrowly escaped Coyote Country with a victory Saturday night, but the win gave them their first district championship in more than a decade. In a game that was close and physical all the way, it literally came down to the last second before Elida […]

Zias secure first winning season in three years

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Roni Gomez knows she’s never going to be a big scorer, but she realizes there are other ways to contribute in a basketball game. The junior guard from Portales came off the bench to help Eastern New Mexico University’s women step up their defensive pressure and the Zias rallied from […]