Portales past: June 19, 1945

June 19, 1945: Travelers were pleased to learn of plans to “blacktop” state highway 63 connecting Portales to Arch. “The Arch road has been one of the worst in the county for years,” The Portales Daily News reported. “It is extremely rough in dry weather and almost impassable in wet weather.”

Portales past: June 18, 1945

June 18, 1945: A 7-year-old Bethel boy was killed when he fell from a tractor he was riding and was struck by the rear wheel. The boy and his brother were on their way home from a neighbor’s when the accident occurred.

Portales past: June 17, 1910

June 17, 1910: Santa Fe Railway workers were celebrating a 10 percent raise in salary.

Portales past: June 16, 1955

June 16, 1955: Sam Douglas of Portales was elected president of the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association. The group wrapped up its convention in Albuquerque with resolutions urging Gov. John Simms to appoint an advisory committee to assist in the distribution of Salk polio vaccine and applauded a new Welfare Department prescription program.

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

Portales past: June 14, 1960

June 14, 1960: Skinner’s Boot Shop, 112 S. Ave. A, claimed to have some good ideas for Father’s Day — Tony Lama boots (a western favorite for more than 40 years already), Hereford saddles ($155 and up) and Levi’s blue jeans (“guaranteed — a new free pair if they rip.”)

Portales past: June 13, 1950

June 13, 1950: Census officials announced Portales’ 1950 population was at 8,093 — 2,989 more than in 1940.

Portales past: June 12, 1945

June 12, 1945: Portales mourned the death of former Eastern New Mexico College student Sgt. Melvin E. Jones. Military officials reported three years earlier that Jones was missing in action while serving with the National Guard on the Philippine Islands. Family members received word this week that Jones had died on July 28, 1942.

My Turn: Talk about an easy catch

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I want to hear from anglers, hunters and the men (and women) of the great outdoors about your adventures in the wilds of New Mexico and west Texas. Whether it’s about that trophy hanging on your wall, the one that got away or just your frustrating day fishing, hunting, […]

Public record — June 8

Recent Magistrate Court cases, according to court documents: June 3 Abel Munoz-Solis, age unknown, pled guilty to DWI (second offense), Driving on a suspended/revoked license, open container, no registration, no insurance and tail lamps violation. Sentenced to 364 days in jail with 360 suspended leaving four days to serve; two years supervised probation; must attend […]

Dora School News — June 8

Summer library hours Dora students may come to check out books from the school library from 10 a.m.-noon on the following days: Today, June 22, July 6 and July 20. We want to encourage all students to keep reading throughout the summer break.

Monday morning briefing: Video games, water and cattle

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own mistress of games, Jenna Zamie. Game: Snoopy: Flying Ace Genre: Flight Action System: XBox Live Arcade What is it? An arcade flight sim that packs in a lot of action at a […]

June 6 — Community calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Today Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

June 6 — Public record

The following are recent cases from Portales Magistrate Court: Tuesday • Laura Gomez, 33, pled guilty to aggravated DWI (first). Sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 88 days suspended leaving two days to serve in the Roosevelt County Detention Center; one year supervised probation with DWI compliance officer; must attend ASPEN program, DWI school, […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]

Their view: Don’t place blame on Blue Cross

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The group promotes prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s what Gessing had to say about health care in a recent column:

Free markets help people lead longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

June 6 —

The following is a sample of calls made to dispatch from Wednesday through Friday.