Book bans undermine liberties

Freedom New Mexico Very few pieces of American literature provide a better lesson of the absurdity and pointlessness of banning books as does “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Harper Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been challenged and sometimes banned in school districts, mainly because of the use of racial slurs and the book’s “depiction of […]

Police report: Malnourished girl locked in room

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and had her […]

No. 16 West Texas A&M blanks Hounds

PNT staff report CANYON, Texas — Freshman goal keeper Alistair Caldwell made three saves for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team Wednesday but the Greyhounds fell, 3-0, to West Texas A&M on Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference match. The No. 16 ranked Buffaloes (8-1-1, 1-0-1 LSC) took an early lead 50 seconds […]

Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Senior center hosting health fair

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A free health fair next Thursday is a first for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Organizers hope it gives the community and senior citizens a chance to talk to a certified dietary manager, have their blood pressure checked, hearing aids checked and more. Director of the Senior Center Dawn […]

ENMU alumni to be honored

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Two Portales residents, two teachers and a state senator stand to receive awards from the Eastern New Mexico Alumni Association at the ENMU Foundation 34th Annual Breakfast during homecoming Saturday. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer and late communicative disorders instructor Shirley Gail Ferguson will be given Distinguished Service Awards. […]

Clovis woman arrested on embezzlement charges again

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis woman charged in December with embezzling money from bank accounts of handicapped people was arrested a second time, accused of taking more than $76,000 from bank accounts and local businesses. Dawn Lebow, 44, was charged Tuesday with 66 counts of forgery and 66 counts of embezzlement. She […]

Oct. 1 Police Blotter

A sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Department from Sept. 25-27:

Fraternity raising money

Freedom New Mexico The Theta Zeta chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University plans to go door-to-door the week of Oct. 4 to collect donations for the Fisher House Foundation. The foundation provides comfort houses on the grounds of military and Veterans Administration hospitals, supports the families of patients and makes […]

In tune

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — J.J. Harp fell in love with the quarterback position when he was just a little kid in Texas. Lately, it’s looking like the feeling is mutual. The Eastern New Mexico University sophomore has made a name for himself not just in Portales or the Lone Star Conference. […]

Dukes of Haard star coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Tom Wopat is bringing his new jazz show Love Swings to Clovis Oct. 10. He will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Marshall Auditorium. Wopat is known for his television roles on the Dukes of Hazzard and Cybill, but he said music is what his career hinges on. […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Marijuana farm discovered near Tucumcari

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Federal drug officials, along with 25 soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard, raided a San Miguel County ranch on Friday and found 1,500 pounds of marijuana.

Oct. 8, 1978

In the Portales News-Tribune, Poppa Pat’s Steakhouse advertised their dinner steak for $3.45. This price included homemade soup and salad, a baked potato or wide fries, and a loaf of sourdough bread. Customers could also top off their meal with homemade ice cream and cookies.

Oct. 7, 1920

According to the Portales Valley News, Mrs. Sam J. Nixon of Fort Sumner was to be in Portales the following Saturday and would address the ladies of Portales and Roosevelt County on the subject of the League of Nations. She was to also have some sample ballots and explain just how to mark the ticket […]

Oct. 6, 1972

For $1, according to the Portales News-Tribune, members of the Portales High School Student Council would neatly stencil street numbers on the curb in front of houses. The students planned to cover the town Saturday, and money raised in the activity was to all go to the Cancer Society’s campaign. Local dealers were donating paint […]

Oct. 5, 1970

The Portales News-Tribune reported that a crashing thunderstorm at about 2 a.m. the day before showered Portales with 0.18 inch of good rain, then hedge hopped around the area between Portales and Floyd with a checkerboard pattern of scattered showers. The shower was welcome, but farmers were nervous about the possibility of a wet harvest […]

Oct. 4, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that performances by a professional rodeo clown and a world famous trick roper would highlight performances of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo Oct. 6-8. J.W. Stroker, famed for his “black light” trick roping exhibition, was to be featured at all three performances of the rodeo. A professional rodeo clown, Larry […]

Oct. 2, 1962

According to the Portales News-Tribune, blocking back Harold Shackelford’s work in the past Friday’s Portales-Friona game had just earned him recognition from Portales news media members as Ram of the Week. Shackelford, who runs fullback in Portales’ modified wing T offense but in reality rarely carries the ball, was “hitting on almost every offensive play,” […]

Oct. 1, 1958

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Portales High School students David Gregory, Mary Griffith and Sarah Penick ranked in the upper half of 1 percent of all America’s high school seniors, according to results from the Merit Scholarship qualifying tests they took the previous spring. The local whiz kids had to take final tests before they […]