Day trip: Ranch offers taste of ‘old west’

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Brad Cooper: Grindstone Graphics and Marketing A mock gunfight begins at the Flying J Ranch in Alto. The act is part of a nightly event which includes a chuckwagon supper and live music from the Flying J Wranglers. Place: Flying J Ranch Location: 6 Flying J Road in Alto. Take U.S. 70 towards Roswell, then […]

Woman remembered for warmth, devotion to county

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Argen Duncan When Lois Marie Coats was 7 or 8 years old, she recalls, her dusting didn’t satisfy her mother, Roosevelt County native Anita Dunn. Dunn reminded her daughter of one of her life philosophies: If you’re going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all. Well, then she wouldn’t do […]

Sesame Street stopover

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Clarisa Valdez, 7, gets a hug from Cookie Monster. Liliana Castillo Five-year-old Natalie Whitson was disappointed that Elmo didn’t shake her hand but she enjoyed the Sesame Street live show anyway. The show came to Cannon Air Force Base last week to present three free shows. Dawn Whitson said the […]

County fairs to feature mix of old, new

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By Jared Tucker and Sharna Johnson This year’s county Curry and Roosevelt county fairs are expected to be a mix of tradition and new attractions. In Curry County, headline performers, more vendors, new shows and added contests are expected to help drive up attendance for the Aug. 16-21 fair. Curry’s Events Center and Fairgrounds General […]

Virtual visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

Reality better than reality TV

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It probably started with watching the TV Land awards. A sense of nostalgia for the good old days — really not so old — just the 1980’s or ‘90s- came with the memories brought on by watching the awards. Love Boat, Night Caller, Cheers,Coach, Seinfeld and their kind were something […]

Press release: 80-Year-old graduating from ENMU on Saturday

By Wendel Sloan: ENMU Communication Services PORTALES — Jack K. Baker, 80, will be one of the 366 graduation candidates walking across the stage at Eastern New Mexico University’s 118th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 15, in Greyhound Arena in Portales. He is receiving a bachelor of science in history with a […]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: FNM columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

Mom set great example

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist My 92-year-old mother, Faye Sloan, will spend Mother’s Day in assisted living. My parents raised six kids, a granddaughter and three great-grandsons. (My father passed away in 1990.) With so many mouths to feed, money was scarce, but mother would have starved to death before letting us go hungry. The […]

Community to say farewell to Steiner Elementary

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By Linda Long: PNT correspondent For 70 years, Steiner Elementary has been the site of the education of Portales’ future. Next year, the campus will become part of the city’s and school board’s history. A new school building is under construction and will be ready for fifth- and sixth-graders this fall. Called Lindsey-Steiner, it replaces […]

Monday morning briefing: Honors, finals and an old jockey guys rule

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Website of the day The Clovis News Journal is on Facebook. Friend us: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/cnjonlinecom/54982313944?ref=ts With honors Today, Clovis High School is honoring students with a 3.5 or higher grade point average. There’s a banquet 6 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria. Video game of the week Take off […]

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

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.

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those […]

Frank Moritz produced high-quality signs

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Some of you old-timers may recall those two dang good sign painters and the building that Richard Pettigrew used to have for his engineer office. But the old-timers I knew were Frank and Art Moritz and I and my buddy, George DeVoll, lived with his folks just zig zagged across […]

Young bucks

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Krystal Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the 15-year-old from Lubbock was one of a kind among her junior bullriding peers as the group of nine kids prepared to ride mini-bulls. […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Old trailer lost in fire

Freedom New Mexico A fire burned the remains of an old trailer house Monday night near U.S. 70 across from Greyhound Stadium. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Golden said firefighters received the call about the fire around 7 p.m. and finished extinguishing it in about two hours. He said firefighters believe a saw used […]

My turn: You’re an old timer if…

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Now that 50 is the new 30, and 85-year-old ex-presidents are jumping out of airplanes, how can you tell if you’re an old-timer? You’re an old-timer if you can remember … • the Green Hornet radio show, which ran from 1936 to 1943. Newspaper publisher Britt Reid […]

Santa Fe depot, Harvey House oldest buildings in Clovis

By Don McAlavy I n 1908, Burns Agency was started in back of the old Citizens Bank on Grand Ave. It was an insurance and real estate business, but moved several times. It’s now at 5th and Mitchell streets. It was started by Frank Burns, but ran many years by a son, the late Jim […]