Portales Past: July 13, 1960

July 13, 1960: Slaten Brothers Home and Auto Supply at 201 S. Main in Portales advertised power mowers as low as $39.95. And “Yes!” the ad claimed. “You can buy on easy terms!”

Officials: Voter turnout low

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In the wake of Tuesday’s primary elections, county clerks are estimating voter turnout was low, and local political activists are looking forward to the November general election. In Roosevelt County, County Clerk Janet Collins said 26 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. In the county’s individual parties, […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Milk prices make slow climb

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect it will take years for them to recover from almost a year of prices so low that they couldn’t break even. Last month, Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said, net prices were a little more than $12 per 100 pounds […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when they are, Cannon Air Force Base officials will try to notify city leaders in advance. But training in unfamiliar areas is important for Cannon pilots, officials told about a dozen area residents on […]

Officials say low census count not accurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

March 5, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the current winter was “one of the driest on record in Portales.” The article said the total moisture since the previous October was at a low of 0.31 inches, most of which fell in February.

Jan. 13 ENMU Briefs

Spring semster upcoming The spring semester begins Jan. 20. Study: ENMU has low tuiton According to a study by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Eastern New Mexico University has the fourth-lowest annual tuition and fees among 81 senior public colleges in the Southwest. ENMU’s tuition and fees is listed at $3,342. Soccer program needs donations […]

Nov. 9, 1936

The local turkey market opened, selling turkeys at 9 cents for “No. 1″ and 7 cents for “No. 2.” The low prices were due to the oversupply of turkeys from the large crop that year.

Chopper makes Boys State stop

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Residents who live near Eastern New Mexico University may have wondered why a small red, white and blue helicopter was flying so low over their homes Tuesday morning. The Albuquerque Police Department helicopter wasn’t searching for criminals nor on a search-and-rescue mission, but rather on its way to ENMU. […]

Creative Living May 4

Information on low-fat cooking and doing “redwork” embroidery

Firefighters brace for bad fire season

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Reporter Area fire departments are preparing for what they consider the height of fire season. High winds and low precipitation are the culprits that fire officials say are contributing to the high fire danger in Roosevelt and Curry counties. “The elements for a bad wildfire are present for the surrounding […]

Piece of history

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled with the low roar of the wind this morning as the Clovis High School football team labored to erect panels bearing the names of Vietnam casualties. They were working in the […]

1-13-08 Letter to the Editor

Making sanctuary ultimately illegal What if the citizens of Portales considered a few factors before following Geni Flores’ proposal to become a sanctuary city (Letter to the editor, Jan. 6 PNT): 1) Would open-border and free-immigration advocates like to equate sanctuary activities to the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad and civil rights? Nothing could be more […]

Board approves sale of $4.5 million in bonds

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the sale of $4.5 million in bonds to help finance the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday, allowing the project to proceed at full steam. “This is a proud time for you folks,” said Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and […]

November 13, 1996

• As a follow-up to Drug Awareness Week, two drug dogs and their handlers made a visit to both the Portales Junior High and Portales High School. • Portales police officers were on the prowl to give out tickets to law abiding citizens. Recipients of the tickets would receive a free turkey donated by local merchants. […]

Report: Pilot error caused fatal crash

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An Air Force pilot with Clovis ties crashed his F-16 fighter and died last year in Iraq while attempting to protect ground forces, according to an Air Force report released Monday. Maj. Troy Gilbert — who was flying an F-16 assigned to Cannon Air Force Base — flew the […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Medicare prescription signups slow

By Sen. Pete Domenici: Guest Column The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to […]

Winter storm brings first cool days of fall

Staff and Wire Report After thunderstorms, that included a late afternoon deluge Wednesday, Portales residents woke to low, gray skies Thursday and the first cold temperatures of the season. With temperatures in the 40’s all day Thursday and light rain and variable winds, wind-chill readings had folks thinking winter weather. Despite the chill in the […]