Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

Floyd news — Dec. 6

Sealed bids being accepted The junior class has an 8×10 mini barn frame and truss kit available for sealed bids. Turn in bids to Kyla in the school office or email to kgray@floydbroncos.com. This is a $160 value. Bids will be opened Dec. 29.

Birthdays —

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Reeves [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Mrs. Maxcine Reeves celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her son, Lewis Reeves, on July 30. Present were over 60 people , friends, family and three generations of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Maxcine had seen on TV a quilt painted on a barn. Being an avid quilter, […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Dairy barn damaged in fire

PNT staff reports A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Commission accepts $1.5 million barn contract

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, the commission: • accepted a contract of about $1.5 million to have contractor Basic IDIQ move a barn from Colorado to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Paul Grider absent. Basic IDIQ Regional Manager Lyndon Brinegar said if everything went […]

Business feature: Shop owner fills antique niche

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PNT staff report Sherry Fahrenkrug found a niche when she came to Portales and started working in retail, selling candles, antiques and other odds and ends. Her business is Old Barn Finds. Fahrenkrug started out in landscaping in Las Cruces 14 years ago. She moved to Portales after she met her business partner, Dave Nash, […]

March 28, 1954

Using water from an irrigation well, the Portales Fire Department extinguished a blaze that was consuming a barn “on the old Lloyd Wharton place,” according to the Portales Daily News. A

Spokesperson: Meatpacker drops local sale barn

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A large Texas beefpacker won’t purchase cattle from Portales Livestock Auction until the auction makes changes in its animal handling procedures, according to the National Meat Association. Caviness Meat Packers made the decision following allegations of cattle abuse made last week against the Portales auction by the Humane Society […]

2-3-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 2:47 a.m. a caller stated that he shot his neighbor’s dog. • At 4:38 p.m. a caller reported a silver vehicle parked on the street by his garage for the past four […]

Fair offers unique sounds, smells, sights

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A good number of us have just experienced that most magical time of year in Roosevelt County — fair time. The sights, the sounds, the smells. I could list a million of them if I had the time and the newsprint. Here’s a few to keep the memory alive […]

July 4, 1982

• Portales Fire Fighters responded to a barn fire that occurred one mile south of Roosevelt General Hospital. The barn was destroyed by the fire. Nearby calves were driven to safety by neighbors. • Members of the Portales High School class of 1930 gathered to share memories during a class reunion. It had been 52 […]

Hog story one for the record books

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Have you seen Hogzilla II, a.k.a. Monster Pig? I’m not talking about the latest horror thriller — though I guess that’s on the horizon — I’m talking about the feral hog reportedly weighing in at 1,051 pounds killed by an 11-year-old boy in Alabama with a pistol last month. […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

Reality shows starring animals could be next big hit

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist In our effort to plumb the depths of humiliation and bad taste, television producers have now invented a reality show based on pitting races against each other. They have chosen whites vs. blacks vs. Asian vs. Latinos, leaving out the obvious — cowboys vs. Indians vs. French vs. cows. I […]

Poultry show for the birds

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Chaos reigns for a moment in the poultry barn as a chicken flies into the rafters. A crowd gathers to catch the hen, and she flies out and into the arms of a woman. With a surprised look and a cheer from the crowd, the woman hands her off […]

Patchwork of new generation

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By Helena Rodriquez The Red Barn Quilters shatter the image of the Quilted Northern Quilters, a group of old ladies in a TV bathroom tissue commercial who quilt together around a big table. The Red Barn Quilters is a new group of quilters designed for the young working women of Portales. They meet once a […]

Father knew how to fly

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]