Peanut Valley Festival continues today

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Dozens of booths filled with everything from purses and jewelry to pottery and artwork line the lobby and ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Outside, vendors cook up kettle corn, barbecue, bratwurst and funnel cakes, and serve up shaved ice and cotton candy. It’s all part […]

City council moves ahead with line fix

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with plans to upgrade the 24-inch water main that has broken three times in the past two years. Councilors voted 6-0, with Dianne Parker and Ron Jackson absent, to authorize Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. to sign a contract […]

Council puts water line fix in motion

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to approve Smith Engineering’s proposal to design improvements for a 24-inch water line that has broken three times in the last two years. “We received five very, very good proposals,” said City Manager Debi Lee. An evaluation committee selected Smith’s proposal because it […]

Water line solution possible by end of year

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales hopes to have a solution for isolating the water line that has broken three times in the last two years fixed by the end of this year. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the city has issued a request for proposals to engineers to design […]

Storm brings snow to N.M.

Staff and wire reports The National Weather Service on Friday issued a winter storm warning — which means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely — for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 5 p.m. today. Snow accumulation was expected to be 2 to 4 inches by daybreak today, according to the NWS. An […]

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 […]

Las Vegas good for rodeo despite show business

By Baxter Black Hunter S. Thompson, in his book “Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas,” said, “Circus, Circus (a big casino in Las Vegas) is what the world would be like if the Third Reich had won!” Las Vegas is the equivalent of endlessly switching the cable channel on your television anytime between midnight and […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

Jan. 10, 1960

When Miss Maria Friesen encountered an emergency at her apartment Saturday, she couldn’t use her telephone because it was tied up by another customer on the party line. Miss Friesen, associate professor in home economics at ENMU, struck a match to light a gas heater. The wall cutoff dropped out and the gas was escaping […]

Gamers line up for PS3

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The next generation in video gaming has hit Portales. At 12:01 this morning, video game console, PlayStation 3 hit shelves in time for the holiday season, and soon after, they quickly disappeared. Following the same pattern set out by Microsoft’s release of the X-Box 360 last year, the demand […]