Calendar, July 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Arts & Crafts — Taught by Carolyn […]

Thousands turn out for county celebration

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Janet Bresenham Adrianna Acosta, 7, of Portales, and her Clovis cousins Julie Garcia, 8, and Serena Garcia, 5, giggled and showed off their green and pink hair as they described the doughnuts, snow cones and all the other food they had eaten during the Roosevelt County Heritage Days celebration. “I got these at the paint […]

Community Calendar June 27

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but […]

Community Calendar June 26

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Thursday Al-Anon — 6 p.m., 1223 W. Ivy, […]

Heritage Days to celebrate a century

Kevin Wilson More than three months of planning and 100 years of history will come full circle this weekend when Roosevelt County celebrates Heritage Days. “Heritage Days is a time where a community can come together and celebrate our history, our present and look towards the future,” said Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega. Ortega said the […]

Arnold dismisses charges on police

MIke Linn A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed against police officers […]

PNM examines city gas lines

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Mike Linn In an effort to ensure safety, PNM Gas Company personnel spent Thursday probing gas lines throughout the city and found no new natural gas leaks. Officials with the company said they will also search today for any leaks in the 88 miles of natural gas pipeline in Portales. On Wednesday afternoon, city officials […]

Resident awarded for fixing generator

Mike Linn Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. presented a certificate of appreciation to Michael Parkey after he fixed a generator at the Portales Police Department on the night of June 4, when tumultuous weather bombarded Portales. Parkey received the certificate at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night. Parkey, a city employee, was called to the […]

Residents seek safety tips to prepare for severe weather

Mike Linn Residents of Portales have made frequent calls to city hall over the past two weeks, probing city officials about safety measures during turbulent weather patterns. Many of the questions involve the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and what it means when six strategically-placed sirens sound throughout the city. The […]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]

County recovers from severe weather

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Mike Linn Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the area. “The closer it got to Clovis the weaker the system got,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “I know a lot of people who saw the system said it looked really bad.” By the […]

Council declines credit card for official

Mike Linn Citing the state’s stringent rules regarding charge cards for city officials, the Portales City Council opted to decline the city manager a credit card at Tuesday night’s meeting. City Attorney Steven Doerr suggested City Manager Gerald Depo work on the reimbursement system for expenses tallied on business trips, which the council — and […]

Boys get lesson in government

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Kevin Wilson Deg Gordon is celebrating his 25th year as a part of New Mexico Boys’ State, but he’s probably not going to get a silver platter or anything of the sort. That’s just fine by him, as he’ll be more than satisfied with the same thing he gets most years: a pin for his […]

Cities need to celebrate tumbleweeds

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about tumbleweeds in our fair city. Coincidentally, a number of people have been talking about our favorite local nuisance of plant persuasion. So I decided to continue with the topic this week. But this week I’m taking a different approach. Instead of cussing and spitting at the balls […]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes […]

Tumbleweeds trouble for Portales

By Jim Lee Just about every time I peek in my yard, especially after particularly energetic breezes like we experienced on Thursday, I see every chunk of tumbleweed that ever took up residence in these southwestern United States. This leaves two choices: Avoid looking at the yard, or do something about the pesky plants. If […]

Searching for survivors

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Janet Bresenham TEXICO — For nearly six years, Darlene Curry has come often to the Texico Cemetery on the outskirts of town, finding comfort at the gravesides of her only daughter, Wendi Homer, 25, and her only granddaughter, 4-month-old Allie Homer, who died in a car accident on an icy road between Melrose and Fort […]

What if water use is restricted?

By Claire Bushey In the Sandia Mountains community of Madrid near Albuquerque, lack of water translates to lack of toilets. The New Mexico town with its population of 149 attracts a number of tourists due to its shops and galleries. But because of extreme water conservation measures, it only has four businesses with toilets available […]