Fields: Setting the table my favorite chore

Simple pleasures My favorite childhood chore was setting the table. It’s wrong to call it a chore, because that almost seems to imply something unpleasant. It was only a chore in the “household task” sense of the word. We had a corner cabinet filled with a variety of placemats. It felt like a special privilege […]

Pages past — July 14

On this date … 1960: Roosevelt County Sheriff Leon Harris arrested two escapees from the jail in Floydada, Texas, without incident. Harris said he found the men trying to start a car in a vacant lot in northwest Portales. The men, one jailed for writing bad checks and the other on a parole violation, had […]

Dora host all-school reunion

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Anna George
Donita Massey, right, sets up the Dora graduates from 1960-62 for their photo at the Dora All-School Reunion on Saturday. Each class, starting in the early 1940s, took a picture together.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com One of Lynda Moore’s fondest memories of her school days in Dora was a time she didn’t go to school. Moore, a member of the 1959 Dora graduating class, spent reunion time on Saturday chatting about a senior trip to the South. “Some people caught fish, some people got […]

Car show trip down memory lane

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Michael Jones, left, talks to Ron and Taylor Everett about the features of his 1970 Chevy C10 Friday night on the Portales town square. Jones said he has car everything at his house and has plans to keep working on his truck.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Many of the 43 classic-car collectors who attended Portales’ fifth annual classic car show on Friday had their childhood brought to their mind by their fixed-up beauties. “Those were the best years of my life. It was easy,” said Jimmy Moore, a Portales native who showed his car on […]

Chamber Director Karl Terry talks events, new stadium

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Karl Terry is the director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Question: Is the Peanut Festival still on this year given the not-so-positive state of the area peanut industry? Terry: “Yes. They still are getting peanuts here. It’s […]

Notebook — July 12

One more time … • The Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee meets for its final time leading up to Saturday’s Clovis Ethnic Fair. The meeting, set for noon Tuesday at Clovis’ City Hall, is open to the public. Science or music … • Or maybe it’s both. Curious Chris the Singing Scientist (the alter ego of […]

To do list — July 12

Today • Cruise In car show — 7 p.m. in the courthouse square. Car show, music, hot cars. Free admission. Information: 575-356-8541. • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., ‘Annie’ movie for all ages at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Saturday • Dora all-school reunion — 9 a.m. registration; 10:30 a.m. business meeting; 11 a.m. group […]

Wilson: Zero philosophy promising for other things

At the conclusion of a Toastmasters conference in May, our district director for the upcoming year talked to us about communication. His instructions: Email him. He would get back to you within 24 hours, because he was following Inbox Zero. If he doesn’t get back to you inside 24 hours, here’s his cell number. If […]

Boswell: Let me tell you about Pink

Recently writing about my passion for words got me thinking about my love for the music artist called Pink. I was just talking to a reporter on Friday about my passion for this artist’s music, and I was explaining to her that many people don’t see the Pink I do. I am not implying that […]

Pages past — July 12

On this date … 1960: Portales’ garbage pickups were “almost back to normal” after a week off because of heavy rains, the Portales News-Tribune reported. City Clerk Florence Miller said the trucks could not run because they would become bogged down in the muddy alleys. 1955: Water tables in the Portales Valley had dropped about […]

Bickley the man also worth remembering

By David Stevens Editor James Bickley left a legacy of loyalty that went both ways. No, this is not about the old school building that was torn down last week on West 14th Street in Clovis to make room for the newer version that will open behind it in the fall. This story is about […]

Area teen marksman to compete in Junior Olympics

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Garit Graham, while holding his Beretta Silver Pigeon, yells “Pull,” and stands ready to shoot flying disks.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Garit Graham of Texico first picked up a shotgun at age 5. Now, eight years later, he’s headed for the national finals as a marksman. Garit, 13, is one of 10 New Mexico residents competing in disk shooting during the Junior Olympics July 22 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Garit, […]

Game, life lessons taught at soccer camp

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Participants from Eastern New Mexico University’s female soccer camp warm up for a scrimmage on Thursday. The camp went from Tuesday to Friday.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Girls high school and middle school soccer teams learned about passion and perseverance at the Eastern New Mexico University girls soccer camp. Taylor Cromeens, an assistant coach, said the camp teaches girls life lessons through soccer. “They can correlate soccer with the rest of their life,” Cromeens said. The […]

Notebook — July 11

Beginning… This morning at Dora Schools, the All-School Reunion. Registration starts at 9 a.m., followed by a 10:30 am. business meeting and group photos at 11 a.m. Betty Williamson can be reached at 675-2352 for information. Ongoing… Pipeline work is continuing throughout Portales. This coming week, construction will be at two locations. The first will […]

Johnson: Pets need help managing weather

For us humans, especially after a few years of drought, dreary, drizzly, misty days and, yes, even the sounds of thunder, are much welcome relief. The critters also enjoy the benefits of rain, including a lot more shade plants, cooler temperatures and an abundance of foodstuffs. In general, it’s a good thing to have more […]

Pages past — July 11

On this date … 1960: Bill Molder and Claudia Prince had been named the top bowlers at Portales’ Pinspotter Lanes. Molder rolled a high game of 256. Prince had a 224. 1955: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” billed as the “mightiest motion picture of them all,” was showing at the Tower Theater in Portales. The […]

McGee: Wouldn’t be a reunion without old gang

The boss has returned from his 50th high school class reunion telling tales of seeing classmates and swapping stories from days gone by. The boss said this is the first class reunion he’s ever attended. What about you? Have you been to one of your reunions? I’ve never been to one of mine; I’ve never […]

Portales man gets 18 months for child porn

STAFF REPORT The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release Friday that a Portales man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography. Robert Hawkins, 25, was sentenced on July 6 after a Roosevelt County jury found him guilty of the fourth-degree felony after a two-day trial in […]

Groundwater focus of Water Conservation Day

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Groundwater conservation was at the forefront of discussions at the Water Conservation Day Thursday. “The Ute Water Project is of paramount importance to the area,” said Mayor David Lansford.”But what are going to do in the meantime until that project is developed?” Elected officials and residents from eastern New […]

Roosevelt County All-Stars lose to Quay County

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Roosevelt County Little League contested losing their final all-star game last week in Tucumcari after a player was called out for throwing his bat.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com The Quay County All-Stars 9-10-year-old league advanced to the sectional rounds following a controversial 14-13 District 3 Championship win Thursday over the Roosevelt County All-Stars in Tucumcari. There was a protest filed over the loss of the game, but it has been denied by Williams Sport, the Little […]