Up to 4 inches of snow expected

This morning’s snowfall was just the beginning of a wintry weekend, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected fall in Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties with similar conditions expected through the Texas Panhandle. Residents on Friday woke to flurries and freezing winds with temperatures in […]

Local residents come together

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The smell of frying turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings wafted through the air at the Memorial Building during the fifth annual community-wide Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. An army of volunteers from the community and several local churches helped put the dinner together to […]

Winter weather arrives in area

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With more winterlike weather expected to arrive this weekend, state officials are urging residents to be prepared. When storms dumped more than three feet of snow across northern New Mexico last winter, a lot of residents weren’t. No snow shovels. No food stored away. No way to get to […]

Empty stocking fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys shoe size 13. […]

It’s their job: Ginger Boone

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Ginger Boone Job: Owner and operator of Joe Boys Time on the job: One year and one month Background: Over the years, Boone has owned several businesses in the Portales area and worked in retail. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. I do all the buying, I […]

Faith leads way to safety

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist A pilot in a small plane remembered his instructor had always told him that if he ever found himself in a thick fog to bear in mind this important concept: The pilot’s tendency in a fog is to fly downward, getting dangerously close to the ground. The instructor’s directions were […]

Columnist thankful for life’s blessings

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico The Thanksgiving turkey has turned into the day-after-Thanksgiving-green-chile-turkey-enchiladas. Yum! But just because we’re feasting on leftovers today doesn’t mean I’m offering leftover thanks from yesterday. Thanksgiving should continue, or at least it should begin anew, and be a year-round process. This is not gobbledygook. I truly intend to give […]

Academy won’t fix shortage of government workers

Editorial The big brains were meeting at Princeton earlier this month, mulling strategies for getting more of America’s best and brightest to choose government service as a career. We didn’t attend, so we can’t be sure our thoughts on the subject weren’t touched on, but one solution seems obvious enough to us: remove the stigma […]

Nov. 27, 1960

• Gamble’s was advertising a “Johnny Ringo Set” including to “fast-drawing six-shooters with leather holster and 12 bullets for $2.99 in a Christmas toy ad. • The Tower Theater was showing “I Aim At the Stars, The Werner Von Braun Story.” • The Monday special at Mac’s Drive In was a bacon burger with combination […]

Nov. 25, 1960

• Election returns state-wide were being questioned by Democrats. Two Portales boxes were among the 220 being questioned. • Bird hunting season was open and the PNT reported that even though hailstorms in October killed many quail, the cover was good and the birds were thriving. • Valley Electronics was selling a television with distortion-free […]

Nov. 23, 1960

• Eastern New Mexico University President Donald Moyer told the State Board of Educational Finance that he would be asking the legislature for money to start a junior college in Clovis. • Mounted Patrol Chairman Art Jones announced plans to build a new Mounted Patrol Arena on land adjacent to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. • […]

Nov. 22, 1960

• H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” was showing at the Varsity Drive-In. • A furnished three-bedroom apartment was listed in classifieds as renting for $45 a month. • Season tickets for Greyhound basketball were on sale. Prices for tickets to the 11 home games were $10 for adults.

Sweet potato has place in Portales’ past

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The sweet potato has been a big part of Thanksgiving fare for a long time. People may not know sweet potatoes were also a big part of the Roosevelt County agriculture scene for nearly a century. Sweet potato crops slowly died out in the 1970s and 1980s around Portales. […]

Stuffing stands test of time

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In this area, one of the traditional dishes served at Thanksgiving is cornbread stuffing or dressing. Out at Roosevelt General Hospital, the Thanksgiving day buffet will include all the traditional foods such as ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and of course, cornbread stuffing, said Pam Bernier, RGH dietary […]

Local man arrested, drug charges pending

PNT Staff Report PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production […]

Local organizations come together in effort to provide gifts

As Christmas approaches, local organizations are working to help families in need provide gifts for their children. The annual Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom New Mexico project, begins Friday. According to Capt. Tammy Ray, the Empty Stocking Fund provides families in need with toys, food and clothing. The program also works […]

Thanksgiving sampler

Freedom New Mexico Carving tips David “Hank” Hankins says he has been cooking for 50 years. “If the turkey isn’t as tender as this,” David Hankins said, waving his hand over a glistening 20 pound mesquite smoked turkey. “I would carve around the legs and separate the two breasts. But we cook ours so tender, […]

CCC students present award-winning production

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom New Mexico A semester of rehearsing, coupled with a play powerful enough to solidify Director Christy Mendoza’s decision to have a career in theater, has led to an award-winning performance of “Buried Child” by Clovis Community College students. In a story ripe with symbolism, three generations of an American family and […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Man arrested following search

PNT Staff Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production of methamphetamine are pending. […]