June 21, 1974

• Wilbur Smartnick, former director of audits for the New Mexico State Auditors Office, was named internal auditor for Eastern New Mexico University • Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Police Department were awarded a combined total of $38,000 in grant money from a $1.2 million federal grant. ENMU received $30,000 of the money […]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

City fines Abengoa

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Abengoa Bioenergy got no extra time to comply with new regulations for industrial waste water treatment customers, but they could have fines forgiven if they are in compliance by Oct. 15. Portales city councilors voted Tuesday at their regular meeting to find Abengoa in non-compliance of an ordinance passed […]

Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

June 20, 1980

• Twenty-two members of the Portales High School DECA Club departed Portales for Miami, Florida to attend the National Convention. • Britt’s 4 Tables Steakhouse advertised one full pound of crab legs for $9.50 and jumbo shrimp and a five ounce filet mignon for $6.50 • Eastern New Mexico University student Terry Leatherwood continued to lead […]

Forgetting Paris harder than expected

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been on a mission lately, and I’m sad to say I’ve been failing. On my desk is a copy of the 1987 classic, “Throw Momma From the Train,” starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. I look forward to any awards ceremony, or pretty much any movie with Crystal involved. […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]

Former Ram drafted by Cubs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A former Ram could become a Cub — or possibly a Bulldog. In the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, the Chicago Cubs picked former Portales Ram Ryan Acosta from Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Florida. And the 17-year-old also has a full-ride […]

June 19, 1980

• City crews installed the last of four new civil defense sirens at the four corners of Portales. • Grand opening specials at the Alco Discount Store included a king size lunch kit for $4.99 and an electric can opener for $8.99 • Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander starred in the Academy Award […]