Border residents gather for annual celebration

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is a permanent fixture on his calendar. The end of July celebration features a parade from Texico to Farwell, barbecue, music, games and vendors. But for Christian, Border Town Days is a time for friends. “It’s just a chance to get […]

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, will celebrate the last weekend of July as they have for the last 43 years — with […]

Family describes victim as loner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when he was 11, or it might have been something else.

Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

Obama to hold town hall at Rio Rancho HS

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Obama will hold a town hall Thursday at Rio Rancho High School, where he is expected to discuss his efforts to stop credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers. Obama used his weekend radio and Internet address to outline proposed reforms. He challenged congressional leaders to send him […]

Trailer fire contained in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Fire Department responded Friday night to a structure fire at the Town Talk trailer park in Clovis.

Council will consider greenery for entry points, courthouse

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The comprehensive plan for the Portales downtown area includes greenery around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and gateway structures at key points. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio design company from Austin, Texas, presented the comprehensive plan. Einsweiler suggested five […]

Portales youth speak up

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer About 60 Portales-area high school and college students made their voices heard over the last six months, culminating in a town-hall style event Wednesday at Portales’ Memorial Building. The event is called Tomorrow’s Leaders — but event facilitator Nicole Wilkening thinks that title is a bit misleading. “They are […]

Feb. 12, 1943

The Portales High School senior class put on “Our Town,” a play by Thornton Wilder that depicted scenes typical of life in a small town.

Jan. 4 Police Blotter

A sampling of recent calls received by the Portales Police dispatchers, compiled from reports: Dec. 28: About 2:40 p.m., a woman reported she returned to her residence on South Avenue A to find her back door open. Dec. 29: About 10 a.m., a woman reported someone tried to break into her house on University while […]

Alley Cats to perform holiday music

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Freedom New Mexico Doo-wop group The Alley Cats will perform in Clovis on Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium in a holiday performance for the family. The show will feature classic holiday songs and melodies. The Alley Cats have shared the stage with Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys and Jerry Seinfeld. They also open for Jay Leno […]

Nov. 22, 1958

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Nov. 7, 1946

One hundred thirty workers held a breakfast, then set out around town to raise Portales’ Community Chest budget, which had dropped dramatically from the year before from $12,000 to $3,850.

Business feature: Store owner creates environment for expression

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Nicole Thompson said she opened her specialty imports store “Purple Myst” in Portales to provide residents with a slice of culture and the unique. Been there myself: Thompson said she always had to drive out of town to buy imported items.“My idea was that I was tired of having […]

Fall festival features Santa Fe Brewing Co.

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PNT Staff Report The Portales MainStreet Program is bringing the Santa Fe Brewing Co. to town for a fall festival Saturday night. “(We are hoping) to create ‘Alive After 5’ entertainment, to have different venues for people — young and old,” said Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet. MainStreet organizers have said the planned the […]

Oct. 24, 1903

An ad in the Portales Times advertised lots for sale in the “New and Thriving Town of Portales … the new County Seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico.”

Lujan hosting town halls

Freedom New Mexico Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Farmers Market: Freshest produce in town

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s Portales Farmers Market is going well, farmers say, in spite of a few challenges. Market manager Margie Plummer, who grows near Portales, said the season is going well. “We have lots of vendors and lots of customers,” she said. Crops have done well for the farmers who […]

Texico to host N.M. 42 championships

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent As a resident of Houston, Jerry Whitney had been to the Texas 42 dominoes championships in the south Texas town of Hallettsville. Upon arriving in Texico 10 months ago, he figured New Mexico needed a state tournament, too. So he proceeded to organize it. On Saturday morning, the inaugural New […]

Now that’s mudslinging

John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or the other […]