Hounds expect strong play from veteran offensive line

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Ryan Torres figures it’s time for the Eastern New Mexico University offensive line to make its mark. With four seniors, including three third-year starters, and a junior, and increasing familiarity with ENMU’s wide-open, quick-paced passing game, Torres is looking for a big year. “We all have a lot of […]

Portales Past: April 23, 1945

April 23, 1945: Roosevelt County mourned the death of Navy veteran Fred Barr of Floyd. Barr, who earned stars from 10 major battles, was killed “in the service of his country and was buried at sea with full military honors,” according to a telegram received by his parents.

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]

Official: Military honors option available for veteran burials

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And he loved life. “Anytime you saw him, he had a smile on his face,” daughter Veronica Goff said. “He was very patriotic and a family man.” All of those things were mentioned at his July 24 […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. for 37 years, received a Bronze Star from a Cannon Air Force Base delegation at […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]

Air Force veteran reflects on 22-year career

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

New coach for veteran Dora team

By Mickey Winfield, PNT staff writer

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

November 11, 1993

• Col. Thomas G Runge, Commander 27th Operating Group at Cannon Air Force Base, was the guest speaker at the 75th Veteran’s Day celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post #31 and the American Legion Auxiliary. • Texas native Daniel H Carmines IV was named the new circulation manager for the Portales News Tribune, replacing Lee Watson, […]

Governor’s tax proposal pleases local residents

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some area residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and retirees […]

Veterans council seeks to mark veteran graves

Freedom Newspapers The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

Remembering World War II

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is her father, a veteran of World War II. He detonated mines buried deep in ocean beds to spare other seamen from unexpected blasts. She is now an Albuquerque-based member of the Air […]

Thank a veteran for your freedom, he will appreciated it

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you haven’t had the chance to personally thank a veteran this week for your freedom — find one after church and do it. The thought of walking up to a war veteran, shaking their hand and thanking them for their service either doesn’t occur to most of us, or […]

Legion folds 100th flag in burial ceremony

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Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer American Legion Post 31 of Portales performed its 100th flag presentation Wednesday, more than four years after its first presentation on a snowy January morning in Causey. The group first started the flag presentations to enable all veterans to have military funeral honors as provided under the National Defense Authorization […]

Nov. 10 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Justin Whitecotton; Lewis Gregory; Darcee Chenault; Holly Chandler. Upcoming Events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • Thanksgiving holidays for the school will be Nov. 24-28. Football The Floyd Broncos were victorious over Mountainair, 49-16. The undefeated Broncos will play for the state title against Melrose at […]

Portales honors veterans

Tony Parra War veterans define Veterans Day as one of remembrance and appreciation to those who served our country in war. Portales will do its part with events commemorating veterans this week. American Legion will have its “Tribute to Veterans” beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The program will […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]