Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

No plans proposed for Portales’ tallest building

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer It’s well known the tallest building in Clovis, Hotel Clovis, was once used as sleeping quarters for many but is now unoccupied. The same is true for the tallest building in Portales. Unlike the Hotel Clovis, however, no plans have been drawn up to revive the seven-story Lincoln Hall […]

Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail Strickler and Elizabeth Lawrence spent a month building their log cabin. Now they’re hoping to find it a home. Strickler, of Clovis, and Lawrence, of Portales, are raffling their creation — a quilt large enough to fit on a queen-size bed — to benefit Roosevelt and Curry counties’ […]

ENMU grew from humble beginnings

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It may have been a little slow going at first, but Eastern New Mexico University has evolved into the institution envisioned by its founders. That would be one providing higher education to the residents of the east side of state and, this weekend, many former ENMU students are taking […]

Sept. 22, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that city police officers were checking out the damage as well as searching for clues as to what type of vehicle ran into the Wheeler Mortuary warehouse on First Street and Austin Avenue. Skid marks indicate the vehicle slid 256 feet before striking the corner of the building.

Sept. 17, 1969

The Portales News Tribune reported the city council officially accepted the library building at the regular council meeting the night before and scheduled an open house to show off the new facility. Mayor James Kiker said he and his committee went over the building carefully and described it as “a good job, the best seen […]

Sept. 10, 1950

The Portales Valley Mills awarded a contract the previous afternoon for the construction of a warehouse of 40 feet by 140 feet at the plant on the Clovis highway, John Burroughs said in the Portales Tribune. The new building will be of story steel frame and tile construction. The contractor, Lyle and Holt of Clovis, […]

Education feature: Catholic center completed

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer After three-and-a-half years, the Thomas More Newman Center at Eastern New Mexico University has a new home. The center serves Catholic students and others at ENMU. The previous building housing the Newman Center, which has existed since the university’s early days, was sold in early 2006. The remodeled building […]

Restaurateur to give Territorial House Italian makeover

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer After the building’s most recent incarnation ended a few years ago, a menu featuring the old list of entrees continued to be on display in front of the Territorial House restaurant on Second Street. The place was called the Territorial House Mexican Grill, so the menu had many items […]

Council will consider raising Memorial Building fees

PNT Staff Report A well known building in Portales takes center stage at city council Tuesday. The meeting is at 7 p.m. A revision of policies and fees for the Memorial Building is up for consideration. City Clerk, Joan Martinez-Terry said she doesn’t know how old the original fees for the building are and staff […]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal […]

School board to discuss test results

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to hear a report on Adequate Yearly Progress test results at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda also includes discussion of a revision to the educational assistant salary schedule for next school year; policy changes for […]

Fair season

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, it was a typical summer day. Except, inside the Home Arts Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, where display booths were decorated in traditional fall colors yellow, orange, deep red and brown. The colors of autumn will soon be omnipresent and […]

ENMU emergency drill planned

Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled an emergency planning drill for 8-11 a.m. today, although it may end before 11 a.m. The drill involves Portales and campus police trying to apprehend an actor portraying a shooter in the Campus Union Building. Lea Hall, the College of Business and the Campus Union Building will be locked […]

School board to meet

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda includes a technology plan addendum, the personnel report and budget adjustment and cash transfer requests.

Printing building becomes event venue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A dilapidated building has become a new downtown event facility with brick and concrete interior walls, rusty antiques for decoration and open-air rooms. Portales MainStreet has renovated the former Bishop Printing building on Main Street to become the Stargazer, named for the two roofless rooms at the front of […]

Purchasing training set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico A cooperative educational services meeting will be held 8 a.m. Monday at the Clovis High School cafeteria. The meeting will focus on building bids, including construction, electrical, and plumbing. The city’s purchasing department will be available at the conclusion of the meeting to help local companies learn about the process. For more […]

Fire destroys dairy building

PNT Staff Report A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a building used to store dry milk at Western Star Dairy near Floyd. No one was injured. Floyd Fire Department Lt. Steven Cain said Thursday night the 40-foot-by-40-foot shop was a total loss. According to Cain: • the cause of the fire was still under investigation. • […]

Business feature: Building to return to roots

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The one-time location for a J.C. Penney store in Portales is going back to its roots in a sense — clothing will be the main product once again. Suzi Webb is renovating the old store at 109 S. Main St., next door to Valley Furniture. Webb hopes to open […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Police revealed few details at a Wednesday evening press conference, more than 30 hours after two men were injured in a fall down an elevator shaft at Hotel Clovis. Clovis police said they have ruled out criminal activity in the incident. The city’s Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt […]