Blaze destroys house

PNT staff report Firefighters said no one was injured Sunday in a fire that gutted a house on Roosevelt Road U Sunday night. Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee said firefighters believe the blaze started at a stove in the kitchen. Firefighters arrived at 8:20 p.m., and flames had already reached windows and eaves, he […]

Commissary case lot sale upcoming

Courtesy graphic A case lot sale will be held at the base commissary September 18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and September 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. inside the commissary. Case lot sales increase the average savings to customers from 30 percent to 50 percent. By Tammy L. Moody: DeCA marketing and mass communications specialist FORT LEE, Va. […]

Interim city manager named

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council appointed Public Works Director Tom Howell as interim city manager in a regular meeting of the council. At City Hall on Tuesday night, after a closed meeting to discuss replacing outgoing manager Debi Lee, the six council members present unanimously approved Howell to take Lee’s […]

Interim city manager appointment, Yam Theatre construction highlight city meeting

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eric_butler@link.freedom.com Current Portales City Manager Debi Lee, whose last day is slated for June 19, said she believes an interim manager will be appointed tonight as part of a regular meeting of the Portales City Council. Council members will meet in an executive, or closed, session after voting on several regular agenda items. Though the […]

Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

Lee to accept Ruidoso position

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ruidoso Village Council has approved a contract to hire Portales City Manager Debi Lee, who said she will take the job. The Ruidoso Village Council unanimously approved the contract Tuesday, said Barbara Fleming, deputy village manager. According to the contract, she said, Lee’s salary is $95,000 a year […]

Officials investigating cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

City council meeting canceled

A special Portales City Council meeting set for today has been canceled because the bill the councilors would have discussed was withdrawn, City Manager Debi Lee said. Lee said the sponsor of House Bill 861, state Rep. Anna Crook, withdrew the bill from consideration by a committee Wednesday. The bill would have created an Eastern […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Scholarship application deadline approaching

By Carrie Williams: DeCA marketing specialist FORT LEE, Va. — For military parents who have children about to enter college or already attending, the opportunity to apply for a $1,500 scholarship through the Defense Commissary Agency’s Scholarships for Military Children Program is ending Feb. 18. Applications are available in commissaries worldwide. You may also fill […]

Quay County sued over cattle guards

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Cattle guards prevent livestock from roaming county roads. They also prevent Quay County resident Lee Stone, 64, from driving his horse-and-wagon team from one piece of property to another. And so Stone is taking the county to court. He’s asking Quay County remove the guards from county roads where […]

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A local Phillips 66 station ran an ad in the Portales Daily News calling all “Democrats and Republicans (or if you’re going to vote for Henry Wallace)” to drive on safe tires by bringing in the ad and receiving $4.10 off a new Lee 6:00×16 tire.

Military scholarship program underway

By Caroline Williams: DeCA marketing specialist FORT LEE, Va. — If you’re a high school or college student and the child of a military family looking for ways to found your education, you might want to checkout the 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program that began Nov. 3. Scholarship applications are available in commissaries worldwide […]

Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico […]

Family mourns loss of toddler

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia. “When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother. The […]

Portales chiropractor helps fianc

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A Portales resident is working to specialize in a new non-surgical treatment of scoliosis. Lee Hillard of Hillard Chiropractic said his interest in finding a new treatment for scoliosis began when he met his fianc

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

Firing up the crowd

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Bronco mascot Taryn Lee fires up the crowd Monday at the Floyd High School gym as Elena Mendoza cheers from atop the pyramid. Other Floyd cheerleaders are Jenny Wilson, Veronica Mendoza, Madeline Love, Nallely Mendoza and Britni Rivers. The Melrose boys defeated Floyd on a last second shot in the first round of the district […]

Gross receipts still solid

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Portales’ economy seems to be defying national trends along with localized concerns of a slow-down as gross receipts tax collection grew in 2007. With better than 73 percent of the city of Portales’ budget tied to GRT, the monthly collection reports are of special interest to city officials looking […]

New year brings new resolutions — for some

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New year’s resolutions — some people make them, some don’t. Some embrace them, and some fear them. According to a report published in the Miami Herald, six months after Jan. 1, only 46 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions have fulfilled them. With Portales schools nearing the […]