An unexpected attraction

I’ve got a mule deer hangin’ on my wall from northern New Mexico so I could relate to Rafael’s story. He had joined two of his cousins for a deer hunting trip near Cuba, where his uncle had a cabin. They arrived late and missed the first day because cousin Dee Dee was going through [...]

Reader-submitted content: Mayor pays tribute to Portales woman

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Family and friends gathered in Portales from seven states and both coasts to celebrate Mildred Plexico’s 100th birthday. During the celebration, Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed March 28, 2011, as a day to pay tribute to a long-time member of the community. Mildred and her husband, Fred Plexico, moved to Portales in March 1951 with [...]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and slowly trickled down his cheek, reaching his chin before his voice broke. “In about two and a half years we got those ships fixed — they were all out fighting again,” he said proudly, dabbing at his eye with a tissue. Manuel Thomas’ finger [...]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of [...]

Class of ’57 reunites at Yam Theater

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Childhood memories of popcorn, candy and movies echoed through the newly renovated Yam Theater in downtown Portales Saturday, as the Portales High School Class of 1957 gathered for its 53rd class reunion. Marcea Clive, one of several reunion coordinators said the theater, though not quite complete in its renovations, was the perfect location for the [...]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience [...]

Performers bring 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to students

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By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Outside, the 1950-era vehicles of the Desert Cruzers Car Club lined the front of parking lot at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis. Inside, about 470 students gathered in the school’s gym Friday morning for a concert by the Fireballs, The Poor Boys and Buddy Holly Tribute singer Johnny Rogers, [...]

Cyclists raising money for the disabled stop in Portales

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Thomas Garcia Forty people gathered on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn to welcome and support Journey of Hope cyclists as they rode through Portales. “We are real happy with the turnout today,” said event coordinator, Veda Urisote, Roosevelt County Deputy Clerk. “This group of young men are riding for such a good cause and it [...]

Elida graduates go forward with hope

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer It certainly was not the largest class, but a lively class as the nine seniors of Elida high school graduated Saturday night in Elida. The seniors were gathered in the cafeteria moments before graduation, each of them nervous in anticipation and full of mixed emotions. “My classmates and I [...]

September 11, 1986

• Mountain Bell announced that they would be discontinuing the time and temperature recordings in Portales due to lack of a local sponsor. • In honor of their 30th anniversary, Allsup’s advertised a 32 ounce Tallsup for 39 cents. • Members of the Floyd Quilting Club and their families gathered to can vegetables for the Jack [...]