Portales Past: March 27, 1960

March 27, 1960: Mountain States Telephone Co. and Roosevelt County Telephone Co-op began “extended area service” for county telephone users. It meant subscribers in Dora, Causey, Milnesand and Elida could call Portales (and vice versa) directly, without going through a toll operator. About 3,800 telephones were in use in the county.

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Surrounded by signs of spring

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The signs are a bit mixed but spring may be lurking out there somewhere. I began to ponder spring the other morning as I left the warmth of my home to brave 19-degree temperatures and frost on my windshield that took a lot longer to scrape than I anticipated. After […]

Opening arguments in murder trial begin

Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. Taylor has pleaded […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

Nov. 9, 1970

Portales High School Ram cagers began drills last Monday in preparation for their season’s opener Dec. 4, against West Las Vegas.

Getting to know: Engineer began volunteer work in college

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Name: Antonio Sanchez Job: Engineering manager for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. and owner of Eastern New Mexico Engineering. Background: Sanchez grew up in Raton and moved to Portales in September 1999. He is married to Layle and has three children under the age of 9. Where he’s volunteered: Rotary Club and Roosevelt County Chamber […]

Local dealers: Cash for Clunkers program had varied results

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Cash for Clunkers program, which has been successful nationwide in spurring new-car sales since it began in late July, had mixed impacts on local dealers through its conclusion Monday. “We had a lot of positive response out of it,” said Tim Baldwin, the sales and new car manager […]

Curry County inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was being held on a parole warrant, pending a new hearing by the parole board, when he was erroneously […]

Cannon airman honored as ‘Outstanding Airman of Year’

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Tech. Sgt. Marisol Lozada, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron, speaks to students and counselors from Eastern New Mexico University during a health class in September. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs As June began, there were more than 262,000 enlisted airmen in the U.S. […]

March 7, 1978

A “truck shut-down” coordinated by area farmers began

Jan. 27, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Portales Livestock Commission’s ninth annual equipment sale that began the day before

Combined Federal Campaign kicks-off

By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 2008 Combined Federal Campaign season is underway, following its official launch here on Oct. 16. The CFC, which began in the early 1960s, is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, and there are more than 300 CFC campaigns throughout the world […]

Zias routed by West Texas

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Zia soccer team began its Lone Star Conference schedule with a 7-1 loss to the defending LSC champion West Texas A&M Lady Buffs Monday afternoon in Canyon, TX. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Zias (3-4, 0-1 LSC South), while the Lady Buffs are […]

Lady Buffs snap Zias three game win streak

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Zia soccer team began its Lone Star Conference schedule with a 7-1 loss to the defending LSC champion West Texas A&M Lady Buffs Monday afternoon in Canyon, TX. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Zias (3-4, 0-1 LSC South), while the Lady Buffs are […]

Sept. 3, 1979

Portales News-Tribune reported that KENM-TV-FM went on air five years to the minute from the time its parent station began its operation.

Cell evolution

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By Liliana Castilla, Freedom New Mexico Al Noblett began selling cell phones when they were simply phones. In 1987, Noblett got his first job in sales with Radio Shack and was charged with selling the first cell phone, the Pocket Phone. “It was a pocket phone if you’re Captain Kangaroo,” Noblett said, referencing an cartoon […]

College business major purchases local fitness center

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Justin Johnson is starting a local business, while wrapping up his education. Johnson, originally from Raton, is the owner of Fitness and More, a gym on the downtown square in Portales. He opened up the newly renovated sweat box in early December. Several years […]

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]