Clovis, Portales groups to honor veterans

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Alisa Boswell Several events are happening in Clovis and Portales this week to honor veterans. Today at Eastern New Mexico University, students and faculty will be donating supplies, letters and thank you cards with care packages being sent to servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Nikki Howard of Academic Affairs, the university has been […]

Our people: Veteran enjoys helping

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Matt 25 Hope Center’s Executive Director Steve Reshetar has worked for non-profit organizations since 1988. He enjoys helping people. Reshetar said he enjoys how organizations in Clovis can come together and work toward one goal. When he applied for the job here four years ago, he was convinced to come here when he heard that […]

Club notes — Oct. 24

Clovis BPO Does The Clovis Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does held a regular meeting on Oct. 14. Prior to the meeting, Elks Exalted Ruler Gayle Hanks spoke to the group. She thanked all of the DOES for the help and support given to the Elks. She reminded everyone about the upcoming Veteran’s Day activities and […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe may have you back for seconds

Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: • First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. • Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

My turn: Red bean recipe will have you wanting more

Argen Duncan Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

Donaldson delights in debate

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Kevin Wilson Sam Donaldson praised succinctness from his debaters Saturday evening in the KENW studios. And he jokingly insisted it of himself. “Time me,” Donaldson told the KENW crew prior to the Congressional debate airing, “to the minute you want me to shut up.” Donaldson doesn’t take nearly as many cues in his 70s, though […]

ENMU’s Howard comes through bypass surgery well

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of the […]

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 […]

VA officals contacting veteran-students about new GI Bill

American Forces Press Service Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs here will be telephoning veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-911 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs […]

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 […]

Portales veteran to be honored

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Herman H. Wallace, formerly of Portales, holds the Bronze Star he received for his World War II service. 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 […]

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 […]

Veteran seeks out local vets

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Robertson, a 24-year Navy veteran, is working to compile a list of local veterans to highlight their military service. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections A Cannon Air Force Base employee is trying to list every veteran possible for 110 miles. Director of the Cannon Retiree Activities Program Richard Robertson […]

Air Force veteran reflects on 22-year career

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

Air Force veteran reflects on 22-year career

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan U.S. Air Force veteran David Grunig of Portales holds a drawing of an A-26, one of the planes he flew over Europe in World War II. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections From the skies over Europe in World War II to nuclear tests in the Pacific, a Portales U.S. Air […]

New coach for veteran Dora team

By Mickey Winfield, PNT staff writer