Sept. 5, 1954

The city of Portales contended that city records showed no instances, with one minor exception, of any drainage project constructed in the city that would cause the surplus waters of the city to flow toward the former W.S. Vinsant farm, according to the Portales Tribune. Vinsant was seeking $100,000 damages from the city for losses [...]

Sept. 4, 1956

The Portales Daily Tribune reported that city, county and state police reported a very quiet Labor Day weekend with no deaths on the road and only one man was arrested over the three days. In Portales, city police investigated two minor accidents Monday and arrested a man from Amarillo, Texas, on charges of drunken driving. [...]

Sept. 3, 1964

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the pet prairie dog Portales Police had in “the pokey” the day before was bailed out by Mr. and Mrs. C.A. McEndree of University Drive. They said it belongs to their granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Larry Hays, also of University Drive. Mrs. Hays is the former Mary Nell Ainsworth of Milnesand, and [...]

Sept. 2, 1970

The largest turnout of football players in the history of the university arrived on campus at Eastern New Mexico University Aug. 30, when 98 prospective Greyhounds arrived for the beginning of fall practice, according to the Portales News-Tribune. Jack Scott, new head coach at ENMU, said he was extremely pleased at the large turnout. The [...]

Sept. 1, 1949

The Portales Tribune reported hail damages to crops the previous Saturday west of Portales. The main blunt of the storm fell in the vicinity of the Tom Terry farm. Terry reported that 15 acres of his cotton were stripped of foliage and bolls. He also reported considerable damage to his sweet potato crop.

Aug. 30, 1982

A notice in Portales news archives reads: “Tomorrow is NOT Election Day in Roosevelt County. Because we have two uncontested legistlative races in District 66, there will be no primary election in Roosevelt County Tuesday. This will save Roosevelt County over $12,000. However, there will be the regular general election, Tuesday, Nov. 2. I hope [...]

Aug. 29, 1969

A want ad from Portales news archives reads: “Help Wanted. Full time (in our plant) permanent employment. Forty-hour, five-day work week with Saturday off. Time and half for overtime. Starting salary $1.60 per hour. Free life and medical insurance. Profit sharing plan and other benefits. Apply in person. Selected Casing Inc.”

Aug. 26, 1984

The City of Portales, in conjunction with the Portales Fire Department and the office of the building inspector, began a fire prevention inspection program, according to Portales news archives. The program was designed to establish an annual inspection of commercial buildings in Portales to help create a safer atmosphere in those businesses and eliminate situations [...]

Aug. 25, 1993

Eastern New Mexico University student Tommy Wayne “T-Wayne” Wilis, 22, of Tulsa, Texas, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Catherine Elizabeth Kelton, according to Portales news archives. The guilty plea stunned several of Willis’ faternity brothers who were in court for the hearing.

Aug. 23, 1978

Eastern New Mexico University students crowded the Physical Education Complex to file through the assembly-line process of choosing classes for the fall semester, according to Portales news archives. The stations offered identification cards, post office box assignments, housing stamps, automobile registration and clearance at the Speech and Hearing Clinic.