Jan. 5, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that an Eastern New Mexico College student burned in a recent kerosene explosion in the college’s gymnasium was recovering in good time.

Jan 4, 1962

James Price, a 15-month-old toddler who unlatched a kitchen cabinet to find and consume a small amount of commercial rat poison, was treated and released at Roosevelt General Hospital.

Jan 3, 1977

Fred Hensley and Reuben Nieves took oath as the two new judges of the Ninth Judicial District, comprising Roosevelt and Curry counties. Hensley, of Portales, came from a lineage of judges, as his father, the late Turner Hensley, served as district judge as well.

Jan 2, 1951

There would be no more parking on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn, according to a decision by the new county commissioners in their first meeting of the year. The commissioners said they noticed bare ground around the courthouse, and declared that no more public meetings could be held on the lawn.

Jan 1, 1948

The new year entered in at 2.5 degrees below zero. A three-inch snowfall the day before caused slick streets and several accidents, one in which a man broke his hip.

Dec. 31, 1953

Cleo AInsworth of Elida, a popular member of an original pioneer family of Roosevelt County, announced his intentions to run for District 2 County Commissioner to succeed Clifford Stevenson.

Dec. 30, 1938

The Portales Fire Department prevented a potential serious fire after firefighters extinguished a blaze that had caught a shed on a lot near the Carr Lumber Company, scorching paint on the lumber warehouses.

Dec. 29, 1949

The Jazz Age reminiscent “You’re My Everything,” starring Dan Daily and Anne Boxter, and “White Heat” featuring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmund O’Brien was showing in the Tower Theatre.

Dec. 28, 1954

State officials decided to approve the request of Roosevelt County Commissioners that the state get involved in the construction of the “all-weather road” from Portales to Clovis Air Force Base.

Dec. 27, 1960

A semi-trailer driven by a Louisiana trucker slammed into a filling station in Kenna while trying to avoid hitting a San Diego, Calif., family who was in a car turning left into the station. The truck driver was the only one seriously injured.

Dec. 26, 1968

Newly elected GOP congressman Ed Forman of Las Cruces and his family stopped to visit his mother in Portales on their auto trip to Washington, D.C., where he would take his seat for the first time.

Dec. 25, 1958

Mrs. William Mitchell was dismissed from Roosevelt General Hospital after giving birth to her son, Randy Jay, on Christmas Eve. Randy Jay was the only baby born over the holidays in Portales that year.

City youth program aims to improve rec center

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer To employ youth, create murals in the Portales Recreation Center and clean up that facility, the City of Portales is entering into an agreement with the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps. At their meeting Tuesday night in City Hall, city councilors approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute […]

Candidates sign up for school board elections

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There are two contested races for February’s Roosevelt County school board elections — both in Elida. Dora and Floyd each have three candidates running unopposed, while Portales has two incumbents running unopposed, board president Alan Garrett and David Brooks. In Elida, incumbent Scott Burton faces a challenge for his […]

Dec. 24, 1953

A local plumber shot and killed a Canadian duck with a

Dec. 23, 1973

A national energy crunch closed much of the electric Christmas displays in Portales but promted the Chamber of Commerce Garden Club to hold a luminaria contest, in which the Floren Thomson family was declared the winner.

Dec. 22, 1938

The annual turkey scramble took place. Twenty turkeys were caught after a number had been let loose among 1,500 people hoping to catch a Christmas dinner dish. Twelve guineas were also let loose, and all were captured. A shortage of turkeys had left the scramble scant compared to

Dec. 21, 1960

Visiting teacher Floy Wood announced that

Dec. 20, 1949

The Portales Daily News reported that the Portales Post Office hit a new record for the amount of business in one day for the second time in one week. The day’s total was 30,000

Dec. 19, 1955

The Portales Daily News reported that Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Martin brought their son Orville home from the hospital for a two-week holiday stay. He had been staying at the hospital since he injured his spine in a diving accident in the summer of 1954, rendering him paralyzed. The senior was able to finish […]