Pages past — July 14

On this date … 1976: Members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments voted 18-10 to rescind an earlier vote that would have moved EPCOG offices from Clovis to Tucumcari. The council in February had voted 14-12 to ask for the resignation of EPCOG’s executive director and tied it to office relocation. The council then […]

Interim jail admin moving on

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Joseph Alaniz presented county commissioners with his formal written notice at Tuesday’s commission meeting. Alaniz was hired by previous Administrator Mark Gallegos in July 2015 as a temporary employee and was named interim administrator after Gallegos left to run the Curry County jail […]

Cruise In Car Show gears up

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The Cruise In Car Show will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse square. The event, free to the public, celebrates National Collector Car Day, according to Desert Cruzers Club President Jerry Bailey. Car registration is from 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m. with a $5 submission fee per car.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Classic car enthusiasts will have an opportunity to admire some beauties Monday in downtown Portales. At 7 p.m., the fourth annual Cruise in Car Show will be held in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. The event is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Desert […]

La Casa celebrates 40 years

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Anna George
La Casa Family Health Center officials will celebrate the facility’s 40th anniversary on Aug. 6.

Staff Report In August 1976, La Casa Family Health Center was based out of a two bedroom house on North Avenue I. On Aug. 6, La Casa officials will be celebrating 40 years and 13 facilities across the southeastern part of the state. According to officials, they will be celebrating their anniversary in conjunction with […]

To do list — July 13

Today • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: Ice Cold. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Chat & Chew: How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at […]

Pages past — July 13

On this date … 1966: A state police probe continued into missing funds from Clovis parking meter receipts. District Attorney Morris Stagner said $13,273 was missing from $89,840.94 that had been collected from Aug. 24, 1961, to April 22, 1966. Wendell J. McCormick, city clerk and treasurer, was charged with embezzlement in connection with the […]

School board seeks public opinion

The Portales Municipal School Board once again tabled the debate revolving around the elimination of the valedictorian and salutatorian graduation position due to pursuance of public input. The debate was addressed at a previous meeting where member Mary Lou Rowley voiced opposition, which has not changed since the June 13 meeting. “I know our students […]

Business feature: New businesses on way

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Phil Gallegos, owner of Pintado Rustics, looks over the workshop in his store on Monday. Gallegos and his wife, Jennifer, find old, vintage furniture and repurpose it for sale in their shop. Their store opened Friday on Main Street.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Two new local businesses from different backgrounds share one thing in common: The importance of community, according to their owners. One such business is Pintado Rustics, an antique shop that opened last Friday at 203 South Main Avenue. According to owner Phil Gallegos, who runs the business with his […]

Mega-link expands amateur radio horizons

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com A statewide, mega-link amateur radio connection gained a new link last month, giving local amateur radio new access to the southern part of Roosevelt County. According to the Greyhound Amateur Radio Club Vice President Billy Bagwell, the northern part of Roosevelt County has been covered by a link on […]

4-H district results

The following are the Roosevelt County winners for the 4-H District Contest, held last month in Tucumcari: Air rifle, junior • First Place Team: Logan Grady, Cody Webster, Ryon Howell • Third individual: Logan Grady • Fifth individual: Ryon Howell Entomology, novice • First individual: Cody Webster Entomology, junior • First individual: Logan Grady Favorite […]

Police blotter — July 12

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for the Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 2:19 p.m.: Criminal damage, 1400 block of South Avenue O, report taken • 2:29 p.m.: Fraud, 1600 block of East Spruce Street, report taken • 4:36 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1500 block of South Avenue D Place […]

Pages past — July 17

On this date … 1971: All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl winners at the Curry County 4H Club Rodeo included Joe Calvert of Clovis and Sis Echols of Clovis. Each received hand-tooled leather saddles. 1951: Clovis Chamber of Commerce officials were warning area residents that peddlers were in town. The Chamber’s Better Business Bureau asked residents to […]

Company appoints vice presidents

Staff report J.D. Heiskell Holdings, LLC has appointed two new vice presidents at the corporate level: Shayleen Rambur of California and Jefferson Hillman of Nebraska. Rambur, the first female to be appointed corporate vice president since the 1940s, has worked for the livestock feed and trading company since November 2004 and has served as controller […]

Pages past — July 12

On this date … 1971: All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl winners at the Curry County 4H Club Rodeo included Joe Calvert of Clovis and Sis Echols of Clovis. Each received hand-tooled leather saddles. 1951: Clovis Chamber of Commerce officials were warning area residents that peddlers were in town. The Chamber’s Better Business Bureau asked residents to […]

Local market off to slow start

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Patrick Kircher, left, and Don Wiley exchange hellos Thursday on the opening day of the Portales Farmer’s Market. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 5 p.m.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Portales Farmer’s Market kicked off Thursday evening with only two vendors on site at the First Street and Avenue B market location. While it is off to a typically slow start, the market should expand within a couple of weeks, according to Good Shepherd Farms owner Don Wiley. […]

Former Portales man sentenced to 18 years in prison

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By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A former Portales man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. Jose Zamora, 33, pleaded to three separate counts — one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13 and two counts of criminal sexual penetration […]

Criminal cases continue through court

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Thursday, three cases were brought before Portales Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer: • A pre-trial conference was held for alleged child molester Rocky Banda to discuss the defendant’s lack of an attorney. According to Mowrer, no entry of an appearance was made by another attorney since Tye […]

Local transgender people talk about life experiences

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According to a recent report by National Public Radio, New Mexico has one of the nation’s highest percentages of adults who identify as transgender — 0.8 percent. Three area transgender adults agreed to talk with Portales News-Tribune and share their experiences as well as their thoughts on advancements in trans rights. Randi Vigil, 20, is […]

School officials say respect is best transgender policy

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Transgender policies and practices are a hot topic nationwide. Several Roosevelt and Curry County school officials say respect is the best policy. Johnnie Cain, superintendent of Portales Municipal School District, said school officials have no specific policy regarding transgender students but that their non-discrimination policy covers it when saying […]

Boswell: About to say the hardest goodbye

I know I’ve done it before — devoted my column to my grieving over great staff members and coworkers leaving me for new chapters in their lives. It’s never so much self-pitying as it is a need to pay them tribute or let everyone know how awesome they truly are, because they are good people […]