Police blotter — March 7

Here are Portales police call logs from Monday and this morning: Monday: 2:05 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 700 block of Wylie Cox. 6:04 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1900 block of South Avenue I. 7:50 a.m.: Animal officer responded to a rooster in a garage, 800 block of South Avenue A. 8 a.m.: Caller […]

Police blotter: March 6

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PNT staff report Here are Portales police call logs from Friday: 1:34 a.m.: Driving while intoxicated, First and Elgin 1:35 a.m.: Driving while intoxicated, Second and University 2:55 a.m.: Caller requested cat trap. Address not specified. 8:41 a.m.: Officer advising of arrest (bench warrant) in 200 block of South Knoxville. 8:54 a.m.: Caller asked for […]

U.S. 70 reconstruction to begin soon

Christina Calloway The New Mexico Department of Transportation has made a preliminary award of contract to a company out of Carlsbad for the reconstruction of U.S. 70. The reconstruction will take place from Avenue K to Bryan Street,which will replace the existing asphalt with concrete pavement. The work is expected to begin in late March […]

Businesses: Road work minor inconvenience

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Alisa Boswell With Portales road construction blocking the front entrance to multiple businesses located on U.S. 70 (also known as Chicago Avenue), consumers have been taking four to six block detours to enter business parking lots. The project is repaving both sides of the four-lane road from Kilgore Street to Boulder Avenue. Despite the inconvenient […]

ENMU plans baseball clinic

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Oct. 22 at Greyhound Field. The clinic, directed by first-year ENMU coach Chris Terry and members of his team, is open to anyone from kindergarten through 12th grde. Participants are asked to bring a glove, hat, baseball […]

Reader submitted content: Community invited to celebrate Heritage Days

The Heritage Days parade on Saturday will be taking parade registration up until 9:15 a.m. the day of the parade at the corner of South Avenue O and West Second Street on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. Anyone or group that has not pre-registered is invited to show up the morning of the parade […]

Grants earmarked for street improvements, senior center

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Argen Duncan Elida and Portales have received grants for community projects. Elida was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 for a senior and community center, while $427,000 was earmarked for street and drainage improvements in the Bogard Addition of Portales. Portales Capital Projects Manager Susan Baysinger said the West Gum Street from Avenue […]

Residents bring street concerns to city council

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Alisa Boswell Confusion about which way to drive down a street residents say is confusing is prompting city action. At issue is the 900 block of North Avenue I. Homeowners say it is a nuisance for some and possibly an accident waiting to happen. Avenue I resident Antonio Salguero said the road was made a […]

My turn: Nickname matter of personal preference

On Avenue I, near the tracks, is a painted hand pointing right with the words, “T-Town.” I don’t know who nicknamed North Portales “Taco Town.” I’ve heard it for decades, mostly used by Hispanics. In today’s politically correct world, is the name racist? Does it matter whether it’s a Hispanic, white person or other using […]

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Oct. 23 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area dispatchers, according to records: Tuesday About 8 p.m., an officer spoke with a 22-year-old man who said someone had thrown a rock through the window of his apartment in the 500 block of North Avenue K. The man said he heard the sound of glass breaking while he was […]

Maple Street drainage project begins this week

PNT staff report Portales city workers are making drainage improvements on Maple Street from North Main Street to North Abilene Avenue. According to a city press release, this phase of the improvement begins this week and is scheduled for completion in 45 days. It’s being funded by a grant from the New Mexico Department of […]

U.S. 70 Project hearing set

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Consultants are suggesting two options for the reconstruction of U.S. 70 through Portales, and a public hearing on the project is set for June 30. The project, planned to begin next year, would rebuild two miles of U.S. 70 from about the southwest edge of town to Bryan Avenue, […]

House fire being investigated

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Smoke from a house fire filled the Portales sky on Thursday afternoon, and residents living in the house suspect arson. Lizbeth Balbuena, who lives in the home at 1205 W. Ivy with other family members, said a family dispute may have led to the fire. Police said no charges have been filed and fire officials […]

Road work to begin Monday

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is performing road work Monday through Thursday on Spruce Street between Boston Avenue and North Main Street and on South Roosevelt Road 6 between Kilgore and N.M. 88.

Church profile: Faith Triumphant Church

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Location: 615 W. Fourth St. Phone: 359-1559 Services: 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship service; 7 p.m., worship service on the last Sunday of the month at the Generations building behind The Office Center Inc., at 1500 S. Avenue D; 7 p.m. Wednesday, classes for all ages. The church also runs Faith Triumphant Christian School. Description: “We’re […]

Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

Getting to know: New pastor says Portales good fit

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David Heflin is the new pastor at the Church of Christ at Third Street and Kilgore Avenue. Heflin and his wife, Katie, and their children Josiah, 6, Micah, 4, and Rebekah, nine months, moved to Portales in January. Heflin is from north Texas and his wife’s parents live in California so they were looking for […]

New sign signals program growth

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new and friendly smile greets drivers on West 18th Street. A sign at the corner of South Avenue B reads “Savannah’s Smile” and has a portrait of a young girl smiling. It’s all part of a Christian Children’s Home program, said Charles Anderson, executive director of the organization […]

Store hosting grand opening

PNT Staff Report Dollar General store at 1015 W. Second St. has scheduled a promotional grand opening for Saturday and Sunday. The store has been open since May 26, about two months after the Dollar General location on Avenue C was destroyed by fire.