Anniversaries —

Duke Shirley and Darrell Duke of Broadview celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27. The couple was married May 27, 1961, in Clovis. They will be going on an Alaskan Cruise with their daughter and her husband, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary Aug. 30. They have two children, Brent (Teresa) Duke of Broadview […]

Duke of the Dutch Ovens: Airmen compete in annual chuck wagon cook-off

Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Charles Fleming removes a finished chicken fried steak from a fryer. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections While Saturday’s temperatures soared in the 90s, it was even hotter in the shade of Charles Fleming’s chuck wagon tent as a fire roared inside his wood stove. Fleming, an accountant from Clovis, was the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News / News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

Cooks to compete in Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off.

Freedom New Mexico Cooks from across the region will circle the wagons Saturday for the third annual Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Boasting 10 of the best chuck wagon cooks, the meal will include chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, gravy, biscuits, peach cobbler, iced tea, milk and coffee. Cooks hail from across […]

Sorry, Duke’s not for sale

Duke has a fancy schmancy AQHA name, but Bobby calls him Duke “because John Wayne would’ve liked him just as much as I do,” he says. Bobby and Duke hit it off the first time they met. The usual “horse breaking” activities were not necessary. “I pretty much just got on him and we went […]

American movie icon always cast as hero

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Heroes, manufactured or real, we don’t have enough good ones these days. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of America’s greatest hero — John Wayne. My earliest memories of the Duke come from Portales’ old Varsity Drive-In west of the city. My family never missed a John Wayne […]