Local Briefs, May 18, 2008

Benefit for Los Abuelitos Garage sale benefiting the Los Abuelitos in Portales will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the West Fir Storage on West Fir Street. Memorial Day celebration A Memorial Day celebration will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 at the Heartland Continuing Care Center in the west dining room. Class […]

Birth: Wicker

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Skyla BrieAnn Wicker was born Dec. 13, 2007, to Grayson and Shara Wicker of Sweetwater, Texas, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Jerry and Doris Wicker of Clovis and Brad and Debbie Hunton of Portales.

Yam renovation bid comes in over budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to award a bid for roof repairs on two city buildings. The council rejected bids for renovating the Yam Performing Arts Theater and received no bids for improvements at the municipal pool. Sammy Standefer, planning and zoning director, recommended that the council approve […]

Vietnam veterans memorial opens today

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Freedom New Mexico With today’s arrival of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Ronald Dickson’s emotions are mixed, and he doesn’t know if he’s ready to face what 40 years of time and distance have pushed beneath the surface. It wasn’t all bad. He learned a trade, experienced camaraderie and grew as a person. But […]

Senate bill seeks to justify ed co-ops

Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A Senate Memorial sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, promises to help small school districts in New Mexico. Senate Memorial 41 authorizes a study to verify the standing of Regional Education Cooperatives as “local educational agencies,” said Patti Harrelson, director of REC 6. The legal standing would help the regional […]

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica to stop in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Every year, students in Renie Smith’s advance placement English class research the life of a soldier listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. But this year, in an effort to share the significance of the Vietnam War with her students, Smith found a way to drive […]

Flag salute reception set for Tuesday

PNT Staff Report New Mexicans are reminded of unity and friendship when reciting the salute to the flag of the state of New Mexico. The salute was created by Portales women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter, No. 1022, United Daughters of the Confederacy and adopted by the legislature in 1963. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Local residents come together

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The smell of frying turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings wafted through the air at the Memorial Building during the fifth annual community-wide Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. An army of volunteers from the community and several local churches helped put the dinner together to […]

Country full of hallowed ground

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hallowed ground, a place to reflect on the world, has always been a mountain stream or river for me. I can lose myself in my own thoughts and concentrate on the most important things in my life, God, family, career and health while wading in a trout stream. Recently […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

Memorial Day event slated

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Members of the American Legion Post 31 will honor fallen veterans and their families during the 61st annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday under the flagpole at the Portales Cemetery. The memorial service will last from 45 minutes to an hour, said post commander Joe Blair. “They (veterans) […]

Legislature had some problems, many gestures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sixty days is a long time to let a governmental body off its leash. Thank goodness the state Legislature has come to a close. On Saturday, as the session drew to a close, the headlines proclaimed that New Mexico lawmakers had restored Pluto to planet status, whenever it passes […]

Area remembers civil rights leader

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Celebrating the heritage left by Martin Luther King Jr., area residents gathered Monday at the Memorial Building to continue living the dream that has been passed on through the generations. Sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, festivities included a puppet show, guest speakers and musical performances by Andy […]

Memorial fund raises more than $30,000

Freedom Newspapers A memorial fund established for the family of an Air Force pilot killed in Iraq has raised more than $30,000, family members said. Maj. Troy Gilbert died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Jay Gurley of Clovis, Ginger’s father, said the […]

Memorial fund established

By Freedom Newspapers Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations […]

Memorial planned for Clovis soldier

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis family of a soldier slain in combat in Afghanistan has planned a local memorial service Sunday. Full military honors including a flag presentation to the family and a 21-gun salute will be provided by the Cannon Honor Guard, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials. Bethaney Beach, Kassin’s […]

Obituaries for June 29, 2006

A memorial service for Mattye McKnight Bobbitt, who died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Artesia, will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

County preps to celebrate heritage

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County will celebrate the 22nd Annual Heritage Days on June 16-18 in the Portales City Park which will include live music, craft booths and plenty of activities. “It’s going to be a fun day in the park,” said Ken Huffman, director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. […]

CAFB dedicates Bataan memorial

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]