Disposal dilemma

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The City of Portales has been trucking its trash to Clovis for years and saving money. But officials say a new study approved for next year’s budget will re-evaluate whether or not the city can build its own landfill and still be as cost-efficient. City Manager Tom Howell said […]

Their view: Elected officials need to start working for good of public

Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers this view on politics and big-money interests:

Portales past: June 13, 1950

June 13, 1950: Census officials announced Portales’ 1950 population was at 8,093 — 2,989 more than in 1940.

Portales past: June 12, 1945

June 12, 1945: Portales mourned the death of former Eastern New Mexico College student Sgt. Melvin E. Jones. Military officials reported three years earlier that Jones was missing in action while serving with the National Guard on the Philippine Islands. Family members received word this week that Jones had died on July 28, 1942.

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, […]

Portales past: June 2, 1955

June 2, 1955: Area farmers formed groups to begin battling a grasshopper invasion. About 90,000 acres of croplands were in danger, officials said, with cost to poison the hoppers estimated at 20 cents per acre.

Grassfire threatening home

PNT Staff Reports A large grassfire near N.M. 206 and Roosevelt Road 12 has caused the evacuation of a home. An estimated 50-100 acres have been burned, according to fire officials. Portales, Dora, Arch, Elida, Causey and Floyd fire departments and the Roosevelt County Road Department have been called to fight the fire. There is […]

Officials pleased with early voter turnout

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There’s not an exceptionally large turnout, but officials are pleased with the participation they’ve seen leading up to Tuesday’s primary. “It doesn’t seem to me like it’s that drastically off for a gubernatorial primary,” Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said. “There are significant numbers, I’m not disappointed.” Saturday […]

Tucumcari police chief: Officer followed protocol in alleged cash theft

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe claims Tucumcari police stole $47,000 from two Kansas residents during a May 2 traffic stop. Tucumcari police records tell a far different story, claiming $53,140 was seized and handed over to federal officials as part of an investigation related to a possible illegal […]

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

Portales Past: May 14, 1960

May 14, 1960: City officials were pushing a proposed paving project. Promotional ads proclaimed, “The mayor and council members want to make as many progressive moves as possible, but we want your reaction because you are going to pay for the paving. If you do not protest, the city governing body will assume that you […]

Military feature: Schools have veterans affairs certification officials

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada at ENMU said they enjoy helping veterans navigate the extensive GI Bill. “I feel like each veteran has earned these benefits so it’s an honor for me […]

Officials say exercise enhances learning

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By Linda Long: PNT correspondent Jumping jacks met geography Monday. Approximately 70 physical education teachers from around the state participated in a special exercise workshop hosted by Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Matthew Martin. Martin wanted to demonstrate that exercise enhances learning in spelling, math, science, reading, and any […]

County counts consistent

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has had a 54 percent mail-in return rate and Portales has had a 52 percent return, according to www.census2010.gov. Officials have said in the 2000 […]

Portales Past: March 25, 1945

March 25, 1945: Clovis Army Air Field officials announced pilots flew 1,581 hours during the previous week — a record for B-29 bases. “The continuing increase in flying hours is ample proof of the devotion to duty and pride in organization that exists among all personnel of the field,” base Commander Col. Herbert Morgan Jr. […]

State officials discourage giving chicks, ducks as Easter gifts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Livestock Board in a news release are urging families to avoid potential exposure to Salmonella by not giving baby chicks and ducklings to children as Easter gifts. “In the last four years, New Mexico has had 15 Salmonella cases […]

News media defenders of open government

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Portales News-Tribune and the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of […]

Portales Past: March 17, 1945

March 17, 1945: J.H. McArthur was found burned to death at his home 12 miles south of Elida. Officials speculated the home had caught fire and McArthur was overcome by smoke trying to extinguish the blaze. McArthur homesteaded in the area in 1898.

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much […]

Gun policies should remain business choice

Freedom New Mexico The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution overrides local gun control laws, national coffee chain Starbucks defended its policy not to prohibit firearms at its outlets. Starbucks officials issued a statement Wednesday that essentially deferred gun prohibition decisions to government officials. If […]