Getting to know: Leroy Thomas

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Leroy Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop.With his wife, Gaynelle, Thomas cooks and delivers lunch for Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers about once a month and works with Meals on Wheels. He also is a member of the Portales Rotary Club and the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home board of […]

City to honor Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas have contributed countless hours over the years to the Portales community, but they don’t think what they’ve done is anything out of the ordinary. City officials disagree, and they’re recognizing the couple with a 6 p.m. reception Tuesday at the Memorial Building, followed by a […]

Chief candidates narrowed down

Freedom New Mexico The list of police chief finalists is down to three, City Manager Joe Thomas said on Friday. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted Monday with Interim Police Chief Michael Ingram of Clovis and Steven Sanders of Northglenn, Colo., Thomas said. Jan Cary, of Titusville, Fla., will be interviewed Friday, he said. Thomas said […]

It’s Their Job: Gaynelle Thomas

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Name: Gaynelle Thomas Job: President of the Portales Woman’s Club, organized in 1903. Thomas has been in the club for the past 20 years. The Woman’s Club meeting house is a historic site located in downtown Portales. Background: Thomas is co-owner of the Print Shop and has also worked for the New Mexico Christian Children’s […]

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Train, truck wreck causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. Highway 70

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer this morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of North Kilgore Street and U.S. Highway 70, according to officials. The driver of the […]

Peeved at the pump

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By Liliana Castillo and Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico For Thomas Harrington II, gasoline was too expensive in 1983 when it hit a dollar a gallon. Harrington said he has ridden a bike everywhere since. “Gas prices now don’t affect me one bit,” he said Friday. “I wouldn’t put up with it then and I […]

City race plays out Tuesday

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales voters will have choices to make in two of the four open city council seats in Tuesday’s municipal election. Alfredo Bachicha Jr., incumbent in Ward A and Donald K. Shafer, incumbent in Ward C are both running unopposed. Incumbent Gary Watkins is facing challenger Michael Martinez in Ward […]

Altrusa members prepare for Holiday Happening

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tradition will continue as the 10th annual Holiday Happening is set to take place on Saturday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Ballroom. Hosted by the Portales Altrusa Club, all money raised from the annual event is used in some way within the community, said Cindy Harth, […]

Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

Freedom New Mexico Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was arrested, according to the New Mexico State Police. Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 after failing a series of sobriety tests at a police checkpoint on State Road 469 between San Jon and Logan, […]

Clovis city manager arrested over weekend

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence, state police said. He was also cited for an open container violation. Both charges are misdemeanors and police said they are first offenses. “It was an extremely bad judgment on my part,” Thomas said […]

Clovis city workers to take weekend off

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break from tornado cleanup efforts this weekend, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. Thomas made the announcement at two town hall meetings held Friday afternoon in Clovis. “The city will not be working this weekend,” Thomas said, “because they […]

Classic truck source of pride

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It started out as a way to advertise a family business, but family and friends say the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup is Thom Moore’s pride and joy. Moore was surprised early this year as the truck was featured in “reader’s trucks” sections of two nationally circulated classic truck magazines. […]

Holiday Happening set for Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gaynelle Thomas was there when it began nine years ago and she’ll be in the middle of the preparations Saturday as Altrusa’s annual Holiday Happening gets under way at the Campus Union Building ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Thomas, and her daughter, Cozetta Moore, will each decorate two […]

Blessing Tree event raises $675

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Raising awareness for their program, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosted the second annual Blessing Tree event Wednesday in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For a donation of $20 or more, community members could write their wish for a Roosevelt County family or program and place it […]

171 Cannon Airmen selected for staff sergeant

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report The following Cannon Airmen were selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant: 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron Quianna Enang Erica Faria Carrie Powell Amy M. Seaton 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Eric Atkins Christopher Barnes Marvin Burton Erving. Camacho Chad Candiff Jonathan Cartwright Robert De La Rosa James […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]