Portales past: Jan. 8, 1951

Jan. 8, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Portales would be on a likely route for an enemy invasion, which to Mayor Floyd Kennedy was not only possible, but probable. The mayor painted an alarming picture of the international crisis and declared Portales should get a civil defense program.

Portales past: Jan. 7, 1942

Jan. 7, 1942: Portales Daily News: Portales’ most spectacular fire since 1935 destroyed the Phillips Hotel and Furniture Store this morning. The two-story tile and frame building, just across the street from the fire department, burned for two hours.

Portales past: Jan. 6, 1942

Jan. 6, 1942: Portales Daily News: Want ads: Two acres land, house 28X32, $300. M.J. McMurphey, Dora, N. Mex.

Portales past: Jan. 5, 1942

Jan. 5, 1942: The Portales Daily News: According to Inez McGee, county Health Department, a total of 296 babies were born in Roosevelt County during 1941, and there were 94 deaths.

Portales past: Jan. 4, 1962

Jan. 4, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: On Sunday, Dec. 31, Chuck Strain celebrated his 10th birthday with an afternoon party in the home of his parents. His cake had “Happy Birthday Cowboy” with a cowboy in the center.

Portales past: Jan. 2, 1962

Jan. 2, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Eldon Whitton was confirmed as justice of the peace for Precinct 1 by the county commissioners today, releasing Keith Rowland to assume his duties as chief of police.

Portales past: Jan. 1, 1951

Jan. 1, 1951: The Portales Daily News: The two-way radio for the county sheriff arrived Saturday, just before Sheriff J.E. “Ping” Evetts was sworn in to succeed J.N. McCall.

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

Thursday morning briefing: TV time, cleaning up and funny kid stuff

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Grab the remote Did you know Portales has its own television channel? The City of Portales, Eastern New Mexico University and Portales Municipal Schools operate Portales Community Television Channel 19. Information: http://76.163.44.131/website/index.php?idpage=202 Question of the day What was the funniest thing you did as […]

Year in Review: Hospital gets new administrator

PNT staff report Roosevelt General Hospital had a year of change in 2010. In January, Larry Leaming replaced the retiring James D’Agostino as administrator. Leaming came to Portales from a position as president of the Institute for Rural Health Leadership in Grand Junction, Colo. He had goals of improving the hospital’s financial status, looking at […]