Portales past: Oct. 24, 1947

Oct. 24, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Two chemistry students at Eastern New Mexico College escaped serious injury because of the quick action of laboratory assistants after a sodium explosion.

Jan. 5, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that an Eastern New Mexico College student burned in a recent kerosene explosion in the college’s gymnasium was recovering in good time.

Fire marshal’s report: Explosion accidental

PNT Staff Report The state fire marshal’s office says a natural gas explosion in a Portales home that killed a 91-year-old woman was accidental. Clytie Calton died at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital Jan. 26 — three days after she was injured in the blast at her home on South Avenue I Place. The office says […]

Explosion’s cause attributed to natural gas

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cause of an explosion that killed a Portales woman has been attributed to natural gas, according to members of her family. Family members of the owner of the home, Clytie Calton, said they were briefed by an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office along with Portales Fire […]

Woman injured in explosion dies in hospital

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home Wednesday has died in a Lubbock hospital. Clytie Calton, 91, whose family owned and operated Calton Furniture in Portales, died late Saturday morning. Services are pending for Calton with Wheeler Mortuary. Family members smelled natural gas odorant inside the […]

Gas company: Explosions rare occurrences

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While investigators haven’t pinpointed a cause for Wednesday’s deadly explosion at the Clytie Calton residence, members of the family have said they smelled gas prior to the explosion. Calton died Saturday from injuries sustained in that explosion. If it turns out to be caused by natural gas, it won’t […]

Woman remains hospitalized after house explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A 91-year-old Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home was in serious condition and in an intensive care unit Thursday at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to an e-mail from the family. Family members said Clytie Calton suffered multiple injuries to her legs and ankles. Her son, […]

House rocked by explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BAn explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police said. Police were notified of a loud explosion and a home with major structural damage at 2113 S. Ave. I Place with at least one injured person inside, […]

July 27, 1960

• Vic Stockard and Vernon Gibson were re-elected to serve on the Portales Valley Sweet Potato Association board of directors during the annual grower’s meeting. During the meeting, it was reported that 920 acres of sweet potatoes had been planted in Roosevelt County. • Slater Bros. Home and Auto Supply advertised 3-T Nylon all weather […]

Tolar explosion remembered

By David Irvin On a quiet day in eastern New Mexico, Nov. 30, 1944, a train of 81 cars was traveling west out of Clovis. One of the crew members had detected a hot box under a fuel oil tanker car and the engineer was slowing the train to a stop west of Melrose in […]