Aug. 26, 1984

The City of Portales, in conjunction with the Portales Fire Department and the office of the building inspector, began a fire prevention inspection program, according to Portales news archives. The program was designed to establish an annual inspection of commercial buildings in Portales to help create a safer atmosphere in those businesses and eliminate situations […]

Aug. 25, 1993

Eastern New Mexico University student Tommy Wayne “T-Wayne” Wilis, 22, of Tulsa, Texas, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Catherine Elizabeth Kelton, according to Portales news archives. The guilty plea stunned several of Willis’ faternity brothers who were in court for the hearing.

Aug. 23, 1978

Eastern New Mexico University students crowded the Physical Education Complex to file through the assembly-line process of choosing classes for the fall semester, according to Portales news archives. The stations offered identification cards, post office box assignments, housing stamps, automobile registration and clearance at the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Aug. 22, 1971

Rams of the Week were defensive tackle

Aug. 21, 1990

Rod Savage, vocational agriculture instructor at Portales High School, was named best agriculture teacher in New Mexico by the state Agricultural Education Teachers Association during their July 20-Aug.t 3 conference in Albuquerque, according to Portales news archives. He was presented the “Ag Teacher of the Year” plaque by Kenneth Taylor, president of the association.

Aug. 20, 1986

Portales City Council members again heard testimony from the Portales Humane Society concerning the proposed animal control ordinance during their meeting the day before, according to Portales news archives. The council voted to adopt an ordinance at the next meeting.

Aug. 19, 1979

Playing at the Tower Twin

Aug. 18, 1982

Ronda Russell, 17, was crowned as Roosevelt County Fair Queen, according to Portales news archives. She was selected to take over the duties during the fair the year prior.

Aug. 17, 1989

Vandals broke into the Portales water reservoir and disconnected a nipple that supplied chlorine to the city water system, according to Portales news archives. City employees said the loss of chlorine in the water supply did not effect the safety of the water.

Pioneers’ Day lunch scheduled

PNT Staff Report The Pioneers’ Day luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Everyone can attend, and participants are asked to bring a dessert or salad. The event includes music and presentations on the lives of the Pioneers of the Year.

Hospital board to discuss red flag rule

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt General Hospital board is scheduled to discuss a “red flag rule” dealing with the security of personal information during the meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the red flag rule is a new federally mandated regulation dealing with procedures for hospitals […]

Aug. 18 ENMU Briefs

LSC honors ENMU athletic training staff The athletic training staff at Eastern New Mexico University was recognized by peers with aLone Star Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year award for the 2008-09 academic year. The staff claimed the athletic training award for the South Division, which consists of ENMU and seven other institutions in […]

Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

Bingaman to host health care town hall meeting

PNT Staff Report U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a health care town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs and hear from constituents, according to a […]

Press release: Bingaman hosting town hall meeting in Clovis

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be hosting a health care town hall in Clovis at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs, and hear from constituents. Bingaman’s complete public schedule is as follows: […]

City streets can be confusing

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I’ve heard it said a drunk using a plow pulled by a blind mule on a dark night laid out the streets of Portales. The real story is that after first laying out streets parallel to the railroad, someone decided things instead needed to be squared up according to the […]

School shopping strategy required

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Politics won’t be Kennedy’s lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]

Clovis league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder […]