City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

PFD seeks credit, donated fire truck

Tony Parra The Portales Fire Department and county commission meeting dates are some of the top topics in today’s city hall and Roosevelt County committee meetings. Resolution 03-04-15, superseding resolution 01-02-19 will be presented during the city hall council meeting. The resolution is for authorizing five additional credit cards for the Portales Fire Department’s use. […]

Fire victim beats the odds

Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with a […]

Fire chief receives new toys

Mike Linn It’s not even Christmas yet and Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty is already looking for a place to put all his gifts, which include a brand new fire truck among other items. Beaty told the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting he has recently been awarded roughly $250,000 from grants to purchase an […]

Fire officials fear holiday sparks

Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. “There […]

Two fires burn area homes

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PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department reports no injuries but extensive damage to two homes that burned over the weekend. A single home on Saturday afternoon at 1704 New Mexico 236 was engulfed in flames and is no longer livable, Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault said. The home belonged to Jamie Banda Sr. Chenault said he […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

Grant to assist rural counties with emergency equipment

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Tony Parra U.S. Representative Tom Udall has announced $252,760 in grant funding to the New Mexico Department of Health to increase access to on-the-spot help for people who suffer heart attacks in rural counties in New Mexico. “These are going to be for government facilities such as the sheriff’s office or facilities where they hold […]

Volunteers install smoke detectors

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Mike Linn A couple of Portales residents have volunteered to install over 100 smoke detectors in the residences of senior citizens, dedicating time and energy to a recent campaign spearheaded by officials at the Portales Fire Department. Carl Wilson, a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has installed about 84 detectors, and Mike […]

Device could assist firefighters

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Kevin Wilson The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and is accessible only by […]