Portales past: Dec. 4, 1956

Dec. 4, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Two strange explosions over Portales in recent days were likely “sonic booms” resulting from jet aircraft cracking the sound barrier.

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic

PNT Staff Report An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Community combines to raise funds for Lovato family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The community of Portales is rallying to raise money for the family of a popular singer killed recently in a car wreck. One day of fundraising at the Sonic Drive-In netted $4,100 for the family of Kacee Lovato. Now a concert is being planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday at […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

More noise means more problems for farmers

By Tara May: PNT Correspondent ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including meetings […]