Last of Conchas Dam builders to be honored

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Earl Flint was a boy, his toys all had wheels. “I was all about machines and how they would change the world,” he said. And they did change his world 75 years ago when he was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help build Conchas […]

Portales Past: May 11, 1910

May 11, 1910: A 12-year-old Portales boy was struck by falling brick at a construction site. Officials said high winds likely were responsible for the accident. The boy was expected to recover “without complications,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Feb. 14, 1971

The sand hills at Oasis State Park were dotted with encampments of tents, trailers, lean-tos and shelters where some 300 Boy Scouts from Cub-age through Explorers were staging the 11th annual Mulligan Feed and Camporee, according to the Portales News-Tribune.

Jan. 10, 1963

According to the Portales News-Tribune, J-Lee department store advertised genuine wrangler jeans for boy’s at $2.49 a pair.

Clovis residents share weight loss successes

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kimmie Davis has done it all. She got married, raised a family, went back to school to finish her degree. She did boy scouts and sporting events. “I did everything but take care of me,” Davis said. A month and 9 and 3/4 a pounds later, Davis is on […]

Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe Fletcher, so he is quite aware the cancerous disease known as osteosarcoma could come up again. The bone cancer has struck Fletcher’s grandmother, his uncle and his sister — who died as a result. Most recently, though, it […]

Boy Scouts hold fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America, which serves Roosevelt and Curry counties, has scheduled its annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot starting at 8:30 a.m. June 27. Proceeds go toward programs and services of the council. A barbecue lunch is planned after the shoot at noon, and an auction of sporting […]

State’s ruling slowly stripping away rights

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

School board offering scholarships

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales Municipal Schools is offering two new $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors starting this May. One boy and one girl of the school board’s choosing will receive a one-year Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education Scholarship, said Superintendent Randy Fowler. He expects the award to continue every year, although […]

Portales woman sentenced for son’s death

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Portales woman who said God told her to flush the devil from her 6-year-old son was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the boy’s death, according to the district attorney’s office. Teresa Gilman, 26, was arrested in January 2007 after an ambulance was […]

Business Feature: Joe Boy’s used furniture and antiques

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Ginger Boone of Portales has owned and operated Joe Boy’s used furniture and antique store since 2006. She enjoys sharing her love of antique collecting with others at her store, located at 521 West 17th Street. Getting an early start: “I have been collecting antiques since I was 20. […]

Portales child drowns in bath tub

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Clovis police investigate stabbing incident

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A 9-year-old Clovis boy attempted to stab a 7-year-old neighbor with a steak knife Monday while his 11-year-old sister held the victim down, according to police. The victim’s wounds were superficial and her mother opted to treat them at home, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, spokesman for the Clovis […]

Brooks wins national music competition

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends side by side with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the piano. “He wanted to learn ‘Home on the Range,’ so I used masking tape on the keys and numbered them on two octaves,” recalled […]

Jury to deliberate Friday

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

October 24, 1970

• Boy Scout Troop 125, sponsored by the American Legion, were preparing to travel to Roswell to participate in the Veterans Appreciation Day event. • An open house for state senator candidate Dave Turner was being held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Schlenker. • Walt Disney’s “Son of Flubber” and “The Horse in […]

Area mother ordered to remain committed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Prayer changes things, people

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist In a recent study, half of a group of cardiac patients were prayed for and half were not. Those who were prayed for improved remarkably in many ways. I read a story of Saint Peregrine, a young priest in the 14th century, who was scheduled for a leg amputation because […]

Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years of tradition

Editorial There are few images of helping strangers as familiar as a young man helping an elderly woman cross a street. And when we envision such an act of kindness, the young man is usually wearing a Boy Scout uniform. One of the tenets of the Boy Scouts is to do a good deed every […]

Merit badges should be awarded for life experiences

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It took a scrolling headline this morning to let me know I’d accomplished nothing in my life. The headline was about James Calderwood, an 18-year-old resident of Chevy Chase, Md. Other than living in a town whose name peaked 15 years ago, Calderwood is famous for completing merit badge requirements […]