Athlete recalls ENMU career

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Jennifer Goble-Poyer, one of the most decorated athletes in Eastern New Mexico University history, was in Portales in Feburary for retirement of her basketball and volleyball jerseys. The San Antonio, Texas native left ENMU’s volleyball squad as the Zias’ career kills leader in volleyball when she graduated (1,687) and still ranks second. The Zias went […]

Portales veteran recalls World War II

Judy Hall: Courtesy photo Portales World War II veteran Joe Blair recently qualified for the Southern Honor Flight, a program out of Las Cruces, which sends World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II memorial. Blair said the veterans boarded their bus in Las Cruces to a military honor guard. […]

Couple recalls outreach ministry in Brazil

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Alisa Boswell Raising three children and going to work every day was part of Joe and Leona Tarry’s everyday life, just like anybody else. But the routine was also adventures and miracles. Leona, previously known as Leona Isbell, grew up in Portales where she attended Portales High School and met her husband, a Lovington native […]

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 […]

Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Clark was at the time assigned to the Pentagon, with an […]

Alumna recalls ENMU’s beginnings

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Living a few blocks from her alma mater — Eastern New Mexico University — 1937 graduate Lois Cantrell recalls the days when the school had a tenth of its current enrollment and not even a handful of buildings. Cantrell earned an associate of arts in music and English as well as a teaching certificate from […]

Former Hound recalls Olympic competition

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico. The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was just another place to run for Rex Maddaford.“It is an amazing experience and many get taken in by the whole idea of being […]

Founder recalls early days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he had trouble when the rope got near the horses feet. That’s because his horse had previously had a similar incident — but with barbed wire instead. But Moore did get the animal […]

Former resident recalls days in CCC

By Lisa Smith, Special to the PNT AUSTIN, Texas —Former Portales and Clovis resident Hermon Elliott remembers his years in the Civilian Conservation Corps as some of the best years of his life. He said he attended dances, swam in Colorado’s warm artesian wells and even saved up enough money to buy his first car. […]

Area businesses react to recent toy recalls

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Actions in China set in motion a series of recalls that affected children, their parents and the merchants they deal with across the United States. A series of toy recalls, mostly due to lead content in paint, shook consumer confidence across the nation, but had varying effects for Clovis […]

Veteran Profiles, Sept. 2

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Marshall Vinson Date of Birth: March 17, 1924 Dates of service: April 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Motley County, near Matador, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: Europe, Italy Branch: Army Rank: Pvt. 1st class Unit and specialty: 10th Mountain Division, Mule Packer After discharge: Motley County […]