Residents remember once bustling town

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A century of history and memories came to life in Elida as residents gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the community’s founding over the weekend. On Saturday, Elida School graduates, along with family and community members gathered in the high school gym to share memories, rekindle friendships and […]

Elida centennial celebration set

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After months of preparation, the town of Elida is set to mark its 100th anniversary this weekend with a variety of events. “You can’t believe how many people have worked on this,” committee member Red Halliday said of the volunteers who prepared for the celebration. The all-school reunion will begin […]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

Portales couple promenades way into hall of fame

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. […]

Streetscape proposal would make big changes on square

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The heart of Portales — its downtown square — could soon look radically different following streetscape improvements planned within the next year. Portales city councilors and Roosevelt County commissioners met Thursday to review drawings of the proposed streetscaping spearheaded by the city of Portales and Portales MainStreet project. In […]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able […]

ENMU fraternity fundraiser benefits cancer survivor

By William Thompson The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Eastern New Mexico Unversity will donate some of the proceeds from it’s ninth annual “cow drop” to benefit the family of a teen cancer survivor. Portales resident Dominga Carrasco, 13, was diagnosed with bone cancer in October. She eventually wound up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, […]

Square dancers set for Thursday performance

By Laurie Stone Local and surrounding square dancers will strut their stuff Thursday from 6-8 p.m. on the slab at the Roosevelt County Fair. This type of dancing is proclaimed as the national folk dance of the United States, according to the United Square Dancers of America. There are more than six million people that […]

Honest man remembered for dancing

Helena Rodriguez Square dancing was in James Pettus’s blood. For more than three decades, he called dances for the Starlight Swingers of Portales, and for other groups around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also attended state and national square dance festivals with his wife, Wanda Pettus, who said the most fun of […]