A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than […]

Jan. 7, 1977

The Portales News-Tribune reported that locals were reacting to prices of coffee when it jumped from 60 cents a pound to one dollar, but were not as reactionary as they were to the sugar prices two years earlier.

Dec. 12, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Eastern New Mexico University administration building went without power after a transformer was drowned by a flood caused when sub-zero temperatures busted a water pipe.

Dec. 10, 1970

Various Portales merchants held a “treasure hunt” in which free gifts were given out to customers at different stores. The gifts had numbers corresponding to those printed in the Portales News-Tribune.

Nov. 27, 1959

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Sgt. Jerry Mathis and his wife came from Germany, where he was stationed, to visit his parents in Portales for the holidays. They were to be in the area until late December after Christmas.

Nov. 14, 1977

“Thanksgiving without Cable TV is like a turkey without stuffing” declared an ad for Southwest Cable TV in the Portales News-Tribune.

Nov. 8, 1967

Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” was playing at the Tower theater, the “Show Palace of Portales” according to the ad in the Portales News Tribune.

Oct. 14, 1974

A letter to Polly Cramer, a local homemaking columnist in the Portales News Tribune, complained that the reader’s biggest pet peeve is when people use charge cards in regular lines at self-service or discount stores. “There should be a special line and register for such customers so a person in a hurry could go through […]

Sept. 21, 1933

Coyotes had become a problem to area farmers, and an editorial in the Portales News-Tribune suggested poisoning them. “A systematic poisoning of these pests would save the poultrymen and livestock interests many thousands of dollars,” it read.

Sept. 11, 1960

Varsity Drive-In Theatre ran an ad in the Portales News-Tribune that read, “Thanks to the teen-agers of our community for their loyal patronage.”