Jan. 14, 1968

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the first of three wells that will supply Portales with water for domestic use went on the pump at 10 a.m. Saturday. The well field is on state land in the Bivins Cattle Company ranch.

Jan. 13, 1966

According to the Portales News-Tribune, six Portales plumbers passed tests Saturday for licenses under the Plumbing Administration Board. The tests were given in Albuquerque.

Jan. 12, 1964

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Kings’ Restaurant at 224 West Second Street invites the residence of Portales to their grand opening where there will be free coffee and donuts served on Monday.

Jan. 11, 1965

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Board of Educational Finance, in approving a $736,000 allocation for Eastern New Mexico University, strongly suggested the money be used for land acquisition, classroom space and extensions to the library.

Jan. 10, 1963

According to the Portales News-Tribune, J-Lee department store advertised genuine wrangler jeans for boy’s at $2.49 a pair.

Jan. 9, 1962

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a vicious storm slammed New Mexico’s east side today, reaching near-blizzard proportions on the eastern plains near the Texas state line. Temperatures plummeted to near-zero readings at mid-morning today, snow of four to six inches piled up in drifts and slicked highways, and icy winds of 30 miles per hour […]

Jan. 8, 1961

According to the Portales News-Tribune, records show that drivers who have had a course in drivers’ training have fewer accidents than those who have not had such a course-that’s one good reason for teaching the course in Portales public schools.

Jan. 7, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Sam Sanders has agreed to repave Commercial street with work to start “weather permitting within a week or ten days.” In a conference with Mayor Pat Patterson. Sanders said that his equipment had been tied up in Carlsbad for several months and that job is now completed and he could […]

Jan. 6, 1960

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a poem written by a Portales High School Senior, Paula Edmonds, has been accepted by the American High School Poetry Association for their annual anthology. The name of the poem is “The Thoughtful Trees.”

Jan. 5, 1956

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Portales business and home owners are reminded that tomorrow, Friday, is New Mexico Statehood Day and all are urged to fly flags in the commemoration of New Mexico’s joining the union as a state.

Jan. 4, 1959

According to the Portales News-Tribune, James Young of Portales is one of six students in the school of engineering to be awarded a Physical Science Laboratory Scholarship at New Mexico State University.

Jan. 3, 1957

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Eastern New Mexico University will present its University Choir in a three-day tour of New Mexico and Texas beginning Monday. The choir, under the direction of Frank N. Summerside, will present concerts for high school students in Texico, Hobbs, Jal, Tatum and Eunice in New Mexico and Kermit, Morton […]

Jan. 2, 1955

According to the Portales Tribune, four teachers in Portales city school system spent their Christmas vacation on a motor trip in Mexico. The group included Mrs. Jane Lee, Miss Jewel Price, Margie Trammell and Nelda Richards.

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take a holiday when it comes to public safety. Area fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies will be operating as they would any other day. “It […]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say the opportunity to help the community is more than enough reward. Eva McAfoos has been serving the Portales community for five years at the annual free dinner hosted by the Garcia family. “I used to work […]

ENMU’s Johnson preseason All-America

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior outfielder Jereme Johnson has been selected a preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball. Last year, the Roswell High graduate earned the school’s first All-America selection in baseball, garnering honorable mention status on the Daktronics All-America squad. while earning first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors. He set ENMU single-season records […]

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998.91. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

Letters to Santa

The following are letters to Santa from the Portales area children and a printed as written:

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Helping her mother move into a new house in Austin, Texas, during the summer reinforced a revelation J’mi Heflin had last year before Christmas. “We have too much stuff,” Heflin said. Her mother, JoBeth Broadhurst, agreed. Last year, the two used the money they would have spent on each […]