Shafer honored on retirement

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A banner proclaimed Donald (D.K.) Shafer as “The working man’s advocate.” Lots of testimony at his retirement reception Monday at the Memorial Building bore that statement out. Fellow councilors, friends and family gathered at the Memorial Building to wish the former Portales mayor and city councilman well on his […]

Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

9-23 Birthday

Shafer Douglas Shafer of Portales will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Portales Memorial Building. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Shafer was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Dora. He has three children. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.

Residents react to report of attempted abduction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The chances […]

Shafer believed in living busy life

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Bea Shafer lived life to the fullest, not allowing negativity to strain a personality which brought laughter and joy to those closest to her. She lived life on the go traveling, playing cards and dancing. Bea Shafer died on Dec. 17, 2004. Douglas L. Shafer, Bea’s husband, said his wife […]

Dec. 19 Obituaries

Albert C. Gonzales, 84 Albert C. Gonzales, 84, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. He was born on Aug. 26, 1920, in Guadalupe, to Coldoveo Gonzales and former Amadita Casaus. As a young man he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the final construction […]

Four city councilmen seeking reelection

Mike Linn Four Portales city councilmen whose terms end in 2004 plan on running for another term, and will file next Tuesday to be placed on a March ballot for reelection. The four councilmen — Mike Miller of Ward D, D.K. Shafer of Ward C, Gary Watkins of Ward B and Alfred Bachicha of Ward […]