Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop hosting annual calf roping event

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Freedom New Mexico The 6th annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is next week in Clovis. Scheduled for April 22-25 at the Curry County Special Events Center, the event boasts it is the “Biggest and best in the US.” “The Annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is now considered to the largest in the nation. [...]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of [...]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor [...]

Mission: Memorialize

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When Veterans Day rolls around Wednesday, an ample amount of monuments exist to remember those who have fallen in action. But Joe Luis Gonzales of Clovis, who was only 19 when he died on June 3, 1969, is not on the most prominent of these monuments — either locally or nationally. It’s not because Gonzales [...]

Freedom newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize

Freedom New Mexico A Freedom Communications newspaper in Mesa, Ariz., won a Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award in journalism, for a five-part series that exposed how police protection suffered as Sheriff Joe Arpaio focused on efforts to combat illegal immigration.

Family raises funds to keep home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a Portales man dying of pancreatic cancer and in danger of losing his house, his daughter and another relative are raising money to help. Joe Linthicum, a 52-year-old lifelong Portales resident, is dying of pancreatic cancer. He was in chronic pain for two years, since a surgery to [...]

Roosevelt County election results

These are the voting totals submitted Tuesday night by Roosevelt County to the Secretary of State. Election results will be certified Friday after all provisional and other pending votes are tabulated, according to the county clerk’s office. A total of 6,683 voters cast ballots, including 718 absentee votes. Voters casting straight party tickets included 1,068 [...]

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, [...]

Real Joe the Plumber has Clovis ties

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DALLAS — There’s one “Joe the Plumber” who is already better off thanks to John McCain and Barack Obama. Phones rang off the hook Thursday in the Amarillo office of plumber Joe Francis, whose Web site joetheplumber.com became an instant Internet curiosity the day after the final presidential debate. Francis spent seven years in Clovis, [...]

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. [...]