Sept. 13, 1973

Portales News Tribune reported that if there was a grand champion of the Kiwanis pet show at the fair the night before, it had to be a cat that ran up a steel pole at the urging of a police dog as big as a polo pony. The cat was retrieved from its slippery perch, […]

Sept. 9, 1970

The Portales News Tribune gave a local forecast of: increasing cloudiness through the day; partly cloudy that night and the next day; occasional showers or thunderstorms late that day and over the south the following day; gusty winds late that day; cooling trend that night and the following one; Portales low of 60 that day, […]

Communities committed to prep football

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors … enthusiasm for football is easy to see in Portales and Clovis. This time of year, Friday night is high school football night for many across the region. People have different ideas about why the support exists, but a number […]

We must sing through life’s storms

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I love to hear the mockingbirds sing. One night I heard a mockingbird singing all night long through a terrible storm. Thunder crashed and lightning snapped. The severe storm raged. During the lulls of the storm, I heard the mockingbird singing as if nothing surrounded him. To me, it seemed […]

Household war results in carnage

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]

State Police look for meth lab

Freedom New Mexico State Police searched unsuccessfully for a methamphetamine lab on North Main Street Tuesday night. Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said officers received information about a meth lab during an investigation. However, when they executed a search warrant at the residence, they found no lab, he said.

School budget $2 million less than 2008-09

PNT staff The operating budget for Portales Municipal Schools for the next fiscal year, part of a final budget the Board of Education approved Monday night, is more than $2 million less than the ‘08-’09 operational budget.

Rodeo queen’s job never ends

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Maegan Ridley got a key to the city of Clovis on Wednesday night. She had a slice of cake and ice cream at the meet-and-greet function that followed. And she got to joke with audience members as she staged a mock media interview with girls who hope to one […]

Graduation marks end of one chapter in life, beginning of new one for PHS graduates

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM correspondent Graduating on Friday night meant the end of one chapter in life for David Lucero and 138 other newly tasseled Portales High School graduates. But it also marked the beginning of a new chapter. “The thing I will miss most about high school is being able to see all of […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]

ENMU class bringing ‘Vegas’ to Portales

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer An Eastern New Mexico University communications class is staging a McVegas night to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. The event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Teen stabbed in altercation

PNT Staff Report A 17-year-old male was stabbed Sunday night in the 800 block of South Avenue B, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Police were called to the residence at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, and found the 17-year-old had been stabbed in the stomach area during an altercation. Berry said the teenager was admitted […]

Trailer fire contained in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Fire Department responded Friday night to a structure fire at the Town Talk trailer park in Clovis.

Farmers: Year’s first rain a start

By Sharna Johnson and Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Sunday night’s gusty thunderstorm brought the area’s first rain of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, but area farmers said their crops still need more moisture. Showers accompanying the brief storm, which hit around 6 p.m., dumped

First rain of the year

Freedom New Mexico Staff Sunday night’s gusty thunderstorm brought the area’s first rain of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Showers accompanying the brief storm, which hit around 6 p.m., dumped between a quarter and three-quarter inches of rain in Clovis and almost a half-inch in Portales, Meteorologist Jennifer Palucki said […]

Zias lose to Rambelles; 0-5 in LSC South

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Crisper play, both offensively and defensively, helped Eastern New Mexico University get out to a lead Saturday night as the Zias tried to get their first Lone Star Conference South Division win. But five points just didn’t turn out to be enough. A rash of turnovers helped visiting Angelo State […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Library Books

The following books area available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: Dark of NightBy: Suzanne BrockmannOperative James Nash has performed ultra-covert “Black Ops” for The Agency, a lethal, shadowy, government outfit.

Design contest open to youth

PNT staff New Mexico students are invited to enter the 2009 Santa Fe Opera Youth Poster Design Contest. The deadline is Feb. 1. Winners receive a cash prize and a family package of six tickets for all Youth Night at the Opera performances. The winning images are to be used to publicize the three Youth […]

City councilor resigns

PNT staff The Portales City Council met Tuesday night at city hall. Business conducted included: • Councilors considered not renewing the city’s membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, citing accusations of embezzlement against a former employee of the organization. They postponed the decision to the next meeting. • Councilor Jake J. Lopez announced […]

Eight-team playoff system flawed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Oklahoma and Florida meet Thursday night. One will be college football’s champion, with an imperfect 13-1 record. The other