Dec.16, 1947

• Portales residents contributed 1,700 pounds of cheese, 1,500 pounds of flour and several hundred pounds of Portales peanuts to the “Navajo Brotherhood Caravan,” a charity drive for the Navajo reservation near Gallup. • The Furr Food Store was advertising the opening of its new store at 422 E. State St. in Portales. • The […]

Petersen claims second place

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Master Sgt. Steve Petersen took second place in two categories at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters competition held in Anaheim, Calif. Petersen, who serves as 712 MXS Weapons Section Chief, took second in the Master’s deadlift and Class One deadlift. Both wins were in the […]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the […]

Farmers pleased with sorghum crop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Peanut mill gets new life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new business venture near Floyd hasn’t sent Greg Dyer to the nuthouse yet — but he said he’s been close. Dyer, who left sales and marketing at Bordens Peanuts in 2000 for the tree nut business in California, has reopened the Sundale peanut mill northwest of Floyd, calling […]

Powering through

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Fitness is a major part of the ‘Whole Airman’ concept that is paramount in an ever changing Air Force. Time in the gym is a part of the duty day that is incorporated by all duty sections to help refine the […]

Competitive eating has its drawbacks

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Finally the Mustard Belt has returned home. It makes me proud to be an American. If you missed it, the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest held on the Fourth of July at Coney Island was won this year by Joey “Jaws” Chestnut from San Jose, Calif. He […]

Muscle man

Photo by Tonya Fennell Master Sgt. Schuyler Beers works out three times a week at the Clovis gym Bodies in Motion. Beers recently competed in his first bodybuilding competition. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Schuyler Beers waited 13 months to sew on his Master Sergeant stripes. His promotion ceremony was held in June. And the […]

Hog story one for the record books

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Have you seen Hogzilla II, a.k.a. Monster Pig? I’m not talking about the latest horror thriller — though I guess that’s on the horizon — I’m talking about the feral hog reportedly weighing in at 1,051 pounds killed by an 11-year-old boy in Alabama with a pistol last month. […]

NASA weather balloon crashes

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A NASA weather balloon the size of a skyscraper crashed Wednesday about 18 miles northeast of San Jon. Launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, the nearly 500-foot-tall balloon made a whistling sound as it moved swiftly through the air and landed with a thump about a […]

DFA closes area plant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday it would shut down its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Curry County cheese plant Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to […]

Organic peanut production on rise in N.M.

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center in Clovis. Puppala’s area of specialty is in peanut breeding and genetics. Q. Why is New Mexico ranked No. 1 in organic peanut production? A. Mainly because we have a suitable climate. We do not get as much […]

Two arrested after Clovis dope sting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis residents have been arrested in connection with attempting to smuggle 30 pounds of marijuana into the city, according to police. Officials have declined to identify the 24- and 34-year-olds arrested, citing an ongoing investigation. Otero County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers made the first arrest late Thursday at a […]

Recycle for environment, save some money

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Every day we are buried in an avalanche of paper. We live with computer printed “hard copy,” receipts from gasoline pumps and ATMs, unwanted special offers courtesy of the United States Postal Service, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters, and enough other paper whatevers to fill the Grand Canyon and […]

Cheese plant gets milk shipment

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant received 65,000 pounds of milk Tuesday from local co-ops Dairy Farmers of America […]

Local farmers reap benefits of crops

By Tony Parra Brent Corbin has been farming wheat for 20 years. He said in most years his wheat fields yield about 12 bushels per acre. Bouyed by a wet winter, Corbin’s yields tripled this year to about 35 bushels per acre, he said. Corbin harvested 320 acres of wheat and has wheat fields south […]

5/22 Local Briefs

Campos holding town hall in Clovis On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Curry Democratic Party will be hosting a town hall meeting for Representative Jose Campos. The meeting will take place at the Carver Library; located at 701 N. Main, in the North Annex. Swimming pool opens Thursday The city swimming pool will open beginning […]

Rain makes tough times for milo farmers

By Tony Parra Area milo farmers did not have to worry about a drought this year, but instead had a different type of problem. A long rainy season has caused some farmers to not even be able to harvest their milo at all. Harvesting usually takes place from late October to November, however, this year […]

Cheese plant looking for construction workers

Freedom Newspapers The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 talented workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company. If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in […]

Losing weight one city at a time

By Helena Rodriguez Move over Atkins and Jennie Craig! My new City-By-City diet (copyright pending) is sure to take America (or at least eastern New Mexico and West Texas) by storm and make me millions of dollars (or make me fatter). Life has taken me in a full circle, actually, more like a weird-shaped little […]