Portales woman to appear on ‘The Early Show’

Mike Linn A Portales woman will grab the attention of millions nationwide next week. That’s thanks to a dart, a map and a phone book. Marilyn Buchanan, a 55-year-old teacher, is scheduled to appear on The Early Show’s “Everybody Has A Story,” a CBS feature that runs about twice a month. CBS reporter Steve Hartman [...]

Community dedicates The Hartley House

Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, the new administrative offices of the area’s shelter for domestic violence. The Hartley House, at 900 N. Main St., was renamed in honor of Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16 after a 15-year on-and-off battle with cancer. [...]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a [...]

Stinnett sells Muleshoe Journal

Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other publications [...]

Fire destroys vacant house

PNT Staff An explosion woke residents along the New Mexico 267 highway in the early hours on Tuesday as a fire demolished a vacant house along the highway Sue Durham, neighbor of the C. L. Wilhoit residence, called 911 and said she heard an explosion at 4:30 a.m. and saw the fire from the bathroom. [...]

Base closures would be a concern to Portales

Darrell Maurina Longtime Portales businessman Marshall Stinnett said the Base Realignment and Closure process needs to concern Portales leaders, not just those in Clovis who are closer to Cannon Air Force Base. “We have 150 Air Force housing units down here,” Stinnett said. “If we have any economic expansion in the Clovis area it helps [...]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election [...]

Portales woman wins big on scratch-off lottery ticket

PNT Staff A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket while working at the locally operated KC Express No. 4. Rachel Martinez, who is the manager of KC Express, said she claimed a check totaling $34,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already [...]

Lopez named new county chairman

Tony Parra A move at the top of the board, the purchase of a 2003 Chevy Blazer and $150,000 for small-county assistance were among the top issues discussed in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. During the beginning of the meeting there was a change at the top when Dennis Lopez was chosen as the new [...]

Three out of four council members to run unopposed

Tony Parra The stage is set for the 2004 Portales city council elections and five candidates will be running for four positions on March 2. Three candidates can breathe a sigh of relief because they will be running uncontested. Alfred Bachicha of Ward A, Gary Watkins of Ward B and D.K. Shafer of Ward C [...]