Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]

Press release: Portales business owner arrested in drug raid

Portales, NM, January 24, 2012: Region 5 Drug Task Force Agents seize $51,000 worth of Cocaine in a Buy/Bust operation at local business. Agents from the Region 5 Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Clovis and Portales Police departments, the Curry and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Offices, and the New Mexico State Police conducted […]

Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

Election ballots to be mailed out soon

Alisa Boswell Ballots for the March 6 Portales municipal election are on their way, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We confirmed the ballots yesterday,” Martinez-Terry said Friday. “Jan. 31 is the first day I mail out ballots and Feb. 15 is the first day they (voters) can come into city hall.” Martinez-Terry said […]

Honor guard leads MLK Day festivities

Cannon Connections: Christina Calloway Portales residents marched united down second street in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Christina Calloway The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard led Portales residents Monday morning from Eastern New Mexico University to Portales’ Memorial Building, where they “celebrated the dream” with festivities in recognition of Dr. Martin […]

Businesses to offer incentives

Christina Calloway Before Portales’ major renovations of Highway 70 begins in March, local businesses are trying to get ahead of the game so that they can increase business during construction. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce hosted business owners Thursday at the YAM theater and announced they are sponsoring Passport to Portales, a creative program […]

La Casa to receive grant

A Portales health care center is getting grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced Thursday that La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant to help deliver health care services to the community. “Community health care centers, like La Casa de […]

My turn: Beloved character on big screen

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I had a lot of fun walking in the Portales Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Monday. As much as I enjoy attending events for work, it was nice to participate in a community event without a camera and notepad in hand. I was there for the simple pleasure of joining my fellow Portales residents […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 10 • At 9:53 a.m., an officer was dispatched to East Ninth Street in reference to females yelling. The officer made contact with a female, who was crying. The woman told the officer that her daughter kicked in her front door […]

Carrying on the dream

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By Christina Calloway: PNT senior writer Portales residents and city officials marched Monday morning from Eastern New Mexico University to Portales’ Memorial Building, where they “celebrated the dream” with festivities in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A crowd of about 150 gathered in the Memorial Building to celebrate the holiday. With a […]

Three of four city council seats challenged

Christina Calloway Incumbents are being challenged in three of four Portales City Council seats in the upcoming March 6th election after filings Tuesday at the city clerk’s office. Only Ward C Councilor by Leo Lovett is unchallenged. “I ran again because Portales is a great community,” Lovett said. “It’s a great place to raise your […]

Police blotter — Jan. 11

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Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 10:14 p.m., an officer was dispatched to another officer’s location where a driver had been pulled over. The second officer suspected the driver had been drinking and driving. The vehicle had run a stop sign and the officer located […]

Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Local groups plan state centennial anniversary events

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PNT staff report The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical centennial. In Portales, the history class at Portales Junior High plans to throw New Mexico a grand birthday party next week with cake and ice cream and the students will […]

My turn: Kindle not as comforting

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This is my next to the last column before saying goodbye to you, my Portales readers. Before my ode to peanut butter milkshakes and minus one grouch, let’s talk about Kindle. Uncle Manny and Aunt Matilda gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I love my handheld library. However, I miss highlighting things with real highlighters. […]

Community calendar: Jan. 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of killing a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. Prosecutors said DeAngelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale’s home multiple times when she was away and ultimately stole a rifle from the home that was […]