Portales past: June 3, 1941

June 3, 1941: The Portales Daily News reported that Will Bates of Pep had become a father — for the 19th time. Lloyd Travis Bates was born May 26.

Portales Past: May 28, 1950

May 28, 1950: The Roosevelt County community of Lingo was home to 188 registered voters, up from 185 in 1948, County Clerk B.A. Cook reported. Registered voters in Elida had dropped from 735 to 505 in the past two years.

Portales Past: May 27, 1955

May 27, 1955: News from Causey, as reported in The Portales Valley News: “Ben Fuller’s well is not finished yet. Buster Blakey’s wasn’t any good. I haven’t heard how Fletcher Judah’s pumped out. We all hope that these irrigation wells turn out good,” Sue Duncan reported.

Portales Past: May 20, 1960

May 20, 1960: Rural residents were being invaded by Miller moths. Residents reported they were leaving lights and television sets off at night in efforts to keep the Millers away.

Portales Past: May 2, 1910

May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales was installing “a very comprehensive system of water works, sewers and electric lights,” and also working to build cement walks. Another city need was for more trees, which would “doubtless be fixed as soon as the city is able to supply water.”

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April 20 At 3:30 p.m. a caller reported an accident involving a pickup and an SUV, which had rolled over. Officers were dispatched. At 4 p.m. an Eastern New Mexico University police officer requested backup at the 1300 block of West First, as subjects were throwing beer bottles at the officer. At 6:17 p.m. a […]

Portales Past: April 14, 1910

April 14, 1910: Portales Sanitarium reported it was equipped to give Turkish baths, shower baths and plunge baths — all capable of stimulating the nervous system to ward off all forms of rheumatism, nervous diseases and kidney ills.

Portales Past: April 5, 1945

April 5, 1945: Sgt. Joseph W. Copeland of Causey had been awarded a Silver Star for voluntarily subjecting himself to a concentration of German artillery fire, The Portales Daily News reported. Copeland was wounded in the leg, the story reported, during construction of a road block.

Portales Past: March 8, 1960

March 8, 1960: The Portales News-Tribune reported on two lost dogs. Jane Lee’s “small, brown dog” would answer to the name of “Mim” if located. The Rev. Grady McCullough was looking for a “fuzzy puppy” the paper said he “claims is a cross between a Chihuahua and a collie.” The front-page story provided phone numbers […]

Feb. 8, 1976

Three building permits totaling $39,790 were applied for during the month of January in the City of Portales, the Portales News-Tribune reported.