Chicken herding not all it’s cracked up to be

By Glenda Price: Humor columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. I sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Students get hands-on training at Heartland

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Students get practical experience and residents gain personal attention in a long-time partnership between Heartland Continuing Center in Portales and Clovis Community College. As part of their clinical rotations, several groups of CCC nursing students spend two days a week for two weeks each at Heartland every semester. They […]

Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Measure would make information accessible online

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Heartland care center planning therapy room

PNT Staff Reports Heartland Continuing Care Center is remodeling what used to be a hospital emergency room on its campus to become a therapy room for residents and other community members. Administrator Joann Tweedy said the area would provide a simulated living space for physical, occupational, speech and restorative therapy with inpatient and outpatient services.

Snow settles down

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Life started returning to normal across eastern New Mexico Friday as residents began digging out from a vicious winter storm that shut down travel, schools and most commerce for almost two days. The storm that developed overnight Wednesday was the biggest snow the area has seen this year, dumping […]

Snow pummels Portales

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast-falling snow Thursday blanketed the area and shut down a majority of the community. Clovis and Portales schools and government agencies closed Thursday and today after upwards of 6 inches of snow covered roadways already slick from freezing rain. Cannon […]

Residents mark MLK day with march

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By Clarence Plank:PNT Staff Writer Sixty Portales residents joined together in marching in the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. As the group made its way up Second Street to Abilene Street and the Memorial Building, people did stop to take notice. For the Sigma Chi fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University, this […]

Residents file candidacies for city office

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Four candidates are vying for mayor in this year’s Portales municipal election, and two of five city councilor races are contested. Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold is unchallenged in seeking re-election. Tuesday was filing day for the March 2 municipal election candidates. City Councilor Gary Watkins, Twin Oaks Construction owner […]

Clovis residents share weight loss successes

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kimmie Davis has done it all. She got married, raised a family, went back to school to finish her degree. She did boy scouts and sporting events. “I did everything but take care of me,” Davis said. A month and 9 and 3/4 a pounds later, Davis is on […]

Oct. 25, 1978

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Golden Arches emblematic of McDonald’s restaurants would soon appear in Portales, reflecting a further expansion of the worldwide chain’s tri-state area franchise. Construction in Portales began in July and was to be completed early in 1979, according to Ron McVean, owner-operator of the McDonald’s franchise in the tri-state area. […]

Oct. 20, 1980

The Portales News-Tribune reported that sloppy property owners in Portales had two more weeks before city officials cited them for cluttering their yards and fields with weeds, trash and abandoned cars. Residents are asked to cut weeds on their property, or report litter or abandoned cars, by Nov. 3 to avoid receiving a warning from […]

New additions to county fair

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Children and animals, musicians, a carnival and a fashion show. The Roosevelt County Fair is back with all its elements, plus a few changes. A few new musicians are set to take the stage, and a horse trainer who relates his work to human relationships with God is expected […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in […]

Causey, Lingo reunion upcoming

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Causey and Lingo reunion is coming up at the end of the month for former and current residents of the small villages. The reunion happens once every three years and brings in many of the former residents from, as far as Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. The Causey […]

Commissioners agree to look into ditch solution

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has agreed to investigate options for making a deep dip at a county road intersection safer. About 10 residents who live near Roosevelt Roads 6 1/2 and Q 1/2 complained to commissioners Tuesday about teenagers speeding through the dip for thrill rides, a lack of […]

Ticket feature: Portales, Clovis July 4th events set

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Freedom New Mexico Portales and Clovis area residents won’t be short on options for celebrating July 4th this year. Clovis festivities at Greene Acres Park begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone not wanting to wait until July 4 to celebrate can join in with Portales’ Smokin’ 3rd Bash, 3 p.m. Friday. Both events include live […]

Alumni and Portales residents celebrate Founder’s Day

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local residents and alumni took a trip down memory lane Sunday during the Founder’s Day Picnic at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. More than 500 people attended the three-hour event featuring music, a potato sack race, old cars, tours of the campus and authentic period food for ENMU’s’ […]

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]