Family, friends bid farewell to Carter

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Alva Carter was remembered as a dairyman, a business owner, and an educator. But family members and associates also honored him Monday as a family man, friend to the community and devout Christian. Nearly 700 people filled the floor of Greyhound Arena on Monday afternoon to pay respects to […]

Despised neighbors tumble back onto roadways

By Karl Terry: Local columnist As I drove to Clovis from Portales early Friday morning the prairie was on the move around me. The sand was blowing alright, but more impressively it was the first really good tumbleweed day of the season. Speeding down the highway in a small car it appeared that herds of […]

Oct. 9, 1962

The Clovis-Portales Highway, now U.S. 70, was the statewide subject of much controversy when candidate for Lt. Gov. Jack Dillon accused candidate for governor Jack Campbell of promising “the sun, moon and stars, and a galaxy of assorted highway projects,” which included expanding the local highway.

Reconstruction of Dora Highway begins

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PNT Staff Report Reconstruction of N.M. 206 south of Portales Monday, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The project will start at mile marker 67 near Dora and work north to mile marker 82.49 near Portales, according to the release. The project, which will rehabilitate a 15.49 mile long […]

Reconstruction of Dora Highway set

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Construction on N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora is scheduled to begin in August. The construction will last three months and have a cost of $5 million, said New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson Manon Arnett. The funding for the project is $4 million. Arnett said the overbid will […]

Bethel Highway work starts Monday

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Transportation chip seal crew is improving 21 miles of roadway in Roosevelt County beginning Monday, according to a NMDOT press release. Chip seal operations will start at the junction of N.M. 236 (Bethel Highway) and N.M. 267 and end at N.M 236 and U.S. 70. Work is […]

Train, truck wreck causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. Highway 70

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer this morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of North Kilgore Street and U.S. Highway 70, according to officials. The driver of the […]

Dora Highway, U.S. 70 hot topics

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission announced a $7 million plan to correct a failed pavement project on the Dora Highway and plans for an engineering design for U.S. 70 in downtown Portales Thursday. In a meeting at Eastern New Mexico University, the six-member commission also heard traffic […]

Local Briefs April 15, 2008

Highway commission to meet hereThe New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. It is the commission’s regular meeting and is open to the public. The agenda will also include a presentation by District 2 Engineer Gary Shubert, Portales […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

Roosevelt fire requires neighbor’s aid

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Firefighters spent more than four hours Tuesday battling a blaze that consumed more than 7,000 acres of grassland south of Portales, according to officials. A towering column of smoke to the south was noticeable to residents in downtown Portales late in the morning. Acting Portales Fire Lt. Steven Cain said firefighters and road crews cut […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Local Briefs

Pioneers should register Roosevelt County Pioneer Day at the Roosevelt County Fair is Thursday. Residents who came to the county in 1956 or earlier will be honored. Pioneers can register beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Jake Lopez Building. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a vegetable, […]

Highway problems baffling

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A section of road between Portales and Dora on N.M. 206 has been the center of controversy after the recently refurbished road began to ripple and come apart, causing area residents concern for the safety of the highway. According to Gary Shubert, District II Engineer for the New Mexico […]

Entertainment abounds at Alamogordo

Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the majestic Organ, San Andres and […]

April, 25, 1980

• During an interview with the Portales News Tribune Dora Schools Superintendent announced that Dora Schools would change to a four day school week during the next school year. Students would attend school Tuesday through Friday. • Roller Boogie and Convoy were the selected movie features playing at the Varsity Drive-in, located on the Roswell highway. […]

Feb. 6, 1978

Deputy Jeff Wilkerson said today he is still investigating a shooting incident which occured about 11 p.m. Saturday on the Floyd highway. He said an argument apparently erupted at a local drive-in parking lot, and when one of the participants departed in his car, the others followed in his car. Several shots were fired with […]

Portales girl killed in accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Portales girl was struck by a pickup truck and killed Thursday as she attempted to cross a highway east of Portales, according to New Mexico State Police. Mireya Tarango was crossing the highway from a neighbor’s home to her home on N.M. 88 when she was struck, according to investigating officer […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

County filled with fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt […]

Obituaries for April 27, 2006

Mary Sue Booth Services: Have been held. Mary “Sue” Booth, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home. Born May 31, 1924, to David William and Myrtle Banks Colligan in Portales, she married Rex Booth on Nov. 19, 1946, in Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a […]