In tribute —

Editor’s Note: The following obituaries were published in honor of those who died in 2011. A • Adame-Fraire, Juan, 96, of Melrose, Feb. 1 • Adams, John Rex, 63, of Hudson, Colo., Jan. 11 • Aguilar, William M., 77, of Albuquerque, April 12 • Akers, Bennie “Ben” Wayne, 67, of Clovis, July 17 • Allen, […]

Reader-submitted content: Mayor pays tribute to Portales woman

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Family and friends gathered in Portales from seven states and both coasts to celebrate Mildred Plexico’s 100th birthday. During the celebration, Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed March 28, 2011, as a day to pay tribute to a long-time member of the community. Mildred and her husband, Fred Plexico, moved to Portales in March 1951 with […]

In tribute: Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known for volunteerism at […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California is renowned as the leading Eagles tribute band, reaching audiences world-wide with a “dynamic” stage show, according to a press release from CCC. The performance is expected to include Eagles’ hits such as “Take […]

In tribute: Farmer remembered as family man

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Argen Duncan Wesley Houston Lee was a quiet man who loved his children, grandchildren and agriculture and didn’t believe in quitting, his family said. Houston Lee, 74, of Floyd, died Sept. 12. Houston’s daughter Felecia Harvey said one of her favorite things to do was bring children to her parents’ farm during the harvest. Her […]

In tribute: Matriarch remembered for her devotion

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PNT Staff Report Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her battle with cancer, her daughter, Jackie Clark, said. Bigler, 86, died of cancer Saturday. She and her husband of 64 years, Ishmel “Panny” Bigler, raised two […]

In Tribute: Portales officer described as fun-loving, loyal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Capt. Richard “Rick” N. Short was a jokester and an avid golfer with a big heart, the people who knew him say. A Portales native, Short, 49, died Tuesday of a heart attack while off duty. “He was a very loving, caring, honest man; a great […]

In tribute

Editor’s Note: The following are people with Portales or eastern New Mexico connections who died in 2009, according to obituaries submitted to the Portales News-Tribune. A • Ahlstorm, Cecile, 76, of Portales, July 19 • Akers, Ruth, 83, of Hettinger, N.D. and formerly of Roswell, Nov. 8 • Alford, Peggy, 57, of Mannford, Okla., Dec. […]

Veterans Day events

Today A Tribute to Veterans — 10:30 a.m., Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets in Portales. Veterans Day breakfast — 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., American Legion No. 25, 2400 W. 7th in Clovis. White table setting — 8 a.m., Ranchvale Elementary School in Clovis. Veterans Day assembly — 9 a.m., Mesa Elementary School, […]

Monday morning briefing: Tribute to Jesse Leal

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by […]

Beatles tribute band performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Hailed as the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, Yesterday brings its Beatle boots, velvet suits and on-spot vocals to Clovis for a special performance, which kicks off the 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College. Yesterday will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. […]

Beatles tribute band part of cultural arts series

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College’s ninth year of bringing the world to Clovis kicks off Sept. 26 with a concert commemorating the Beatles. It’s all part of the college’s annual Cultural Arts Series. Cultural Art Director Christy Mendoza said she looks for variety when scheduling acts for the series. “We say we’re bringing the […]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. Born March 24, 1976, in Oxford, England, Winfield had an abnormal […]

In Tribute: Superintendent followed family tradition

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Schools employed W.M. Roberts, but he didn’t just draw paychecks there. They’re where his family worked, where he taught his family to work, and where he met lifelong friends. He was 98 years old. The longtime Farwell Schools superintendent died Oct. 9 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Born […]

In Tribute: ‘Tommy’ Bull

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico C.T. “Tommy” Bull was remembered by friends and family as a dedicated family man and law enforcement officer, and a lover of kids, animals and pranks. Bull, a retired Clovis police officer and railroad special investigator, died Aug. 15 at his home in Portales with his wife Margia by […]

Book on Williamson’s works to make debut at ENMU lectureship

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A tribute to the science fiction works of Jack Williamson will be made available for the first time at the Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Jack Williamson Lectureship.

American Veterans Traveling Tribute opens in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The haunting notes of “Amazing Graze” groaned out of a bagpipe as Capt. Mae-li Allison of the 27th special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base read the names of more than 40 soldiers from New Mexico who died in Iraq. Moments before, 27th SOW Wing Commander Col. Tim […]

Piece of history

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled with the low roar of the wind this morning as the Clovis High School football team labored to erect panels bearing the names of Vietnam casualties. They were working in the […]

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica to stop in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Every year, students in Renie Smith’s advance placement English class research the life of a soldier listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. But this year, in an effort to share the significance of the Vietnam War with her students, Smith found a way to drive […]