Still in the works

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This graphic depicts what Santa Fe-based company Tierra Realty envisions the Portales Inn apartment complexes to look like from along South Avenue B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Despite setbacks, Santa Fe-based Tierra Realty is still pursuing the Portales Inn project, according to Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Stan Livengood. “I would never say any project is going to happen until the ink on the contract is dry, the check has cleared the bank and […]

Quiet day follows snowfall

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales was once again blanketed in snow Wednesday night with few Portales residents being seen outdoors as snow flurries and wind continued through Thursday afternoon. Schools and most businesses in Roosevelt County closed for the day on Thursday. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Portales had received five to seven […]

To do list — Jan. 23

Today • Chamber quarterly luncheon — 11:45 a.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354. Saturday • Special food distribution — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St. Eligibility form required. Information: 575-769-2103. Monday • Community grief support meeting — 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church. Information: Dr. Keith Wilks at dr.keithwilks@yahoo.com or 575-356-8597. Tuesday […]

Senators set for session

Staff report The following are priorities set by eastern New Mexico’s two state senators for the 60-day session of the state Legislature, according to a press release from the state Republican party: Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales: Ingle represents Chaves, Curry, DeBaca, Lea and Roosevelt counties. His priority is to make certain the Legislature is responsible […]

No injuries in bed and breakfast fire

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A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn.

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking late Thursday morning in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief Gary […]

Blizzards get me thinking of hay… and pipe racks

By Audra Brown Local columnist Hey out there. Err … hay. Hay is out for the cattle. Right? It better be. I, for one, don’t want to have to do it in the snow. The heater in the loader tractor isn’t much better than the air-conditioner. … But it is better than the other place; […]

Friday weather-related cancellations/delays

The following are canceling or delaying activities Friday because of the winter storm: • Clovis Municipals Schools is on a two-hour delay. Portales Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. • 9th Judicial District Court in Curry and Roosevelt counties is on a two-hour delay. • La Casa Family Health Care in Clovis and Portales […]

Fire burns down Portales home/business

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A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking at 11 a.m. today in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief […]

Snowfall returns to Plains

Staff report More snow has found its way to Portales with snowfall beginning Wednesday night and expected to continue through today. National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque on Wednesday were estimating up to 13 inches could be on the ground by day’s end. The high temperature for today is expected to be around 30 degrees […]

To do list — Jan. 22

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Some Teens Are Reading program — 4:30 p.m., Grumpy Cat Cubee book. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Chamber quarterly luncheon — 11:45 a.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354. Saturday • Special food distribution — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Christian Church, 1528 […]

Police blotter — Jan. 22

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 10:03 a.m.: Larceny, 1000 block of West 14th Lane • 10:27 a.m.: Narcotics, 1700 block of North Boston Street • 11:03 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 2200 block of South Avenue I • 11:54 […]

School board says it’s pleased with Superintendent Cain

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain takes care of paperwork Wednesday afternoon at his desk in the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Cain’s contract was renewed for one year by school board members Jan. 12.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com After more than a year on the job, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain says he has enjoyed everything about his job and looks forward to continuing to help students and teachers move forward. Cain’s contract with PMS was renewed for one year on Jan. 12 by Portales school […]

Tip my hat to tiny town business owners

By Betty Williamson Local columnist With only brief interruptions, the small ranching community of Milnesand in south Roosevelt County has supported a store since 1910, housed for decades in the historic Davis Mercantile building on the southwest corner of the intersection of NM 206 and 262. But three weeks ago — on New Year’s Eve […]

Fuel company plans spark concerns from city leaders

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The potential of an alternative fuels company coming to the Portales Industrial Park has city officials raising their eyebrows in concern. Natural Chem Group, a company interested in building a biodiesel plant in Portales, has been trying to negotiate with Abengoa to purchase its ethanol plant to include as […]

Thursday weather delays, cancellations

Here are Thursday delays and cancellations caused by weather, as reported to PNT: Melrose schools have canceled classes. Eastern New Mexico University has canceled classes. Portales Municipal Schools have canceled classes. Dora schools have canceled classes. Elida schools have canceled classes. Floyd schools have canceled classes. Roosevelt County offices will be closed. Muleshoe schools are […]

Giving thanks

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Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos, right, hands a plaque to Johnny Pacheco at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Pacheco and nine other Portales citizens received Outstanding Citizen Awards for saving a man’s life by lifting a truck off of him.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Ten Portales citizens were honored at Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting for saving another Portales man’s life in October 2014. John Reilly said his ignition switch in his truck was broken so to start it, he had to put the ignition switch into the on position then go […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 21

City Council The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night in the Memorial Building: • Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos presented six Portales citizens with Outstanding Citizens Awards for saving a man’s life by lifting a truck off of him. • City councilors approved the monthly bills for December. • City […]

Mountains, snowboarding on officer’s bucket list

Villanueva

Editor’s note: This is a weekly Portales News-Tribune feature profiling public service workers. Name: Alfonso Villanueva Occupation: Portales Police Department Patrol Officer What is your favorite sport to watch? Favorite team? My favorite sport to watch on TV would have to be basketball. My favorite professional basketball team would have to be the Dallas Mavericks. […]

Police blotter — Jan. 21

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations. Saturday • 12:08 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 400 block of North Main Avenue • 1:37 a.m.: Fire/high value response, 42000 block of US 70 highway • 10:43 a.m.: Breaking and entering, location unknown • 2:01 […]

Mayor absent from meeting for medical reasons

Staff report Mayor Sharon King was absent from the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night due to being admitted into a Lubbock hospital. During King’s annual check up Monday, doctors discovered that her multiple myeloma has returned. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that starts in the plasma cells in bone marrow, the soft tissue inside […]