Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the […]

Volunteers help clean up the town

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Armed with trashbags, gloves, fluorescent-colored vests, and in many cases, donuts, dozens of Portales citizens were up early on Saturday morning to help clean up the town during the eighth annual Great American Clean-Up. Approximately 17 organizations showed up with crews to pick up litter along the Clovis and […]

Zia first baseman providing consistency

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico After two seasons in junior college in her home town of Scottsdale, Ariz., Anna Hershkowitz didn’t know where she would go to continue playing softball. She just knew she wanted to play somewhere else. In the fall of 2006, Hershkowitz came sight-unseen to Eastern New Mexico University. After a […]

Town & Country stores to become “Stripes”

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Large Youth Town Hall turnout excites organizers

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter An unexpectedly large turnout during Wednesday’s New Mexico First Youth Town Hall Meeting has generated positive responses from state and city officials. More than 150 students from

Teens to tackle problems in Youth Town Hall

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Roosevelt County teens will have the opportunity to participate in a Youth Town Hall meeting in Portales. The meeting is part of New Mexico First’s ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders Program’ and will begin at 8:15 a.m. April 9 at the Memorial Building.

2-12-08 Local Briefs

N.M. First announces town hall New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization formed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 announced that its 2008 statewide town hall will address rural economies and rural-urban partnerships. The town hall, entitled “Business as UNusual: A Town Hall on Rural-Urban Economic Development” will be held in Ruidoso […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]

Portales to host economic forum

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales will play host to one of five regional forums on rural economic development from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The forum is sponsored by New Mexico First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization designed to engage citizens in public policy, which was co-founded 20 years ago by New […]

Students take on classic story

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The mystery and mystique of the Headless Horseman will come to life on stage during “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” opening at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the University Center Theatre. Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Eastern New Mexico University, the play is an adaptation […]

Residents draw up downtown dreams

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and officials met for a design session Saturday morning as part of the Portales Downtown Plan. During the session, participants were able to break into small groups and lay out designs they envisioned for the downtown area. Most groups agreed that the area needed to […]

Convenience store chain Town & Country sold

Staff and wire reports CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Convenience store operator Susser Holdings Corp. said Friday it will acquire privately held convenience store chain Town & Country Food Stores for $361 million in cash. Town & Country operates 168 convenience stores in Texas and New Mexico, incluidng 28 locations in eastern New Mexico. Town & […]

Acosta meets, greets Portales youths

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer 17-year-old Ryan Acosta may be on the verge of fame and fortune with the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday evening, he chose to spend time with some excited Portales Little Leaguers. The former Portales Ram was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs […]

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 […]

A century in Elida

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A rich heritage stemming from the early days of the railroad and homesteading are the foundations that the community of Elida has been built on. A century of heritage will be celebrated during the Elida Centennial that is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Many families of […]

June 29, 1981

• Dr. Robert Matheny was appointed to the position of executive vice president for academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. • Miss Portales Lynn Lawson, who was a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, was crowned Miss New Mexico during the pageant that was held in Hobbs. • Kraft 32 ounce jars of Miracle […]

Inmates help Elida prepare for centennial

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Selected inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the work detail program. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker, inmates are being utilized to perform work details around the county, including the city of Portales. On Friday, […]

May 9, 1960

• North by Northwest and Girls Town were playing at the Varsity Drive-in Theatre. • Three area residents had their driver’s licenses revoked for one year for the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. • Campbell’s Mobile Service Station was offering a 99 cent car wash with an oil change and […]