Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

Portales Past: March 8, 1960

March 8, 1960: The Portales News-Tribune reported on two lost dogs. Jane Lee’s “small, brown dog” would answer to the name of “Mim” if located. The Rev. Grady McCullough was looking for a “fuzzy puppy” the paper said he “claims is a cross between a Chihuahua and a collie.” The front-page story provided phone numbers […]

Jan. 10, 1963

According to the Portales News-Tribune, J-Lee department store advertised genuine wrangler jeans for boy’s at $2.49 a pair.

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 […]

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 […]