Ortega tapped for bank board

Freedom Newspapers Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Western Bank of Clovis and Portales, according to a Western Bank news release “I am very excited to be a part of Western Bank, an institution that cares about the success of its customers,” said Ortega, who also serves […]

No bomb found following threat

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A bomb threat received by Bank of America on North Prince Street in Clovis led to the bank being closed for more than an hour Friday while police checked the premises. No bomb was found. It was the second such incident at the bank in just over two weeks. Around […]

Feb. 23, 1969

La Escalera Art Guild met Tuesday evening in the Coronado Room of the Portales National Bank, where they had an interesting program on the art of tole paintings. Mrs. Robbie Sackett of the Art Nook at Clovis presented the program. Tole painting is the process of painting decorative motifs on tin or other metal and […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Jan. 9, 1960

Miss Laura Fullerton directed the program on membership at the Monday evening meeting of Portales Business and Professional Women’s Club in the Coronado Room of the Portales National Bank. She was assisted by Mrs. Helen Armstrong and Mrs. Ruth Wilson. They stressed that each B&PW member has an obligation to recruit new members who will […]

Food bank suffers shortage

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is caught in a food crunch that is gripping food charities across the United States, according to New Mexico Food Bank officials. The food shortage has halted food deliveries in eastern New Mexico and elsewhere, according to officials. “We are in a […]

Fund established for pilot’s family

By Freedom Newspapers A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed in Iraq last Monday. Donations may be made to the Gilbert Family Memorial Fund, in honor of Maj. Gilbert, whose wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. The fund was announced Saturday by […]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and […]

Capitalist Mexico would be mutually beneficial

Editorial Prosperity is advancing in Mexico – but only to the most wealthy and those working in government-linked industries, according to a study released this week by the World Bank. It found great inequalities in wealth stemming from “concentrated wealth in the business sector; and unions in protected sectors, the heritage of corporatist institutional arrangements.” […]

Portales National Bank marks century of service

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When James (Jim) Polk Stone came to Portales in 1885, before New Mexico was a state, all he had was a fifth-grade education, the shirt on his back and the horse between his legs, according to family. Nevertheless, he went on to establish the Bank of Portales in 1902, […]

Clovis bank robber remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Writer Surveillance footage from Friday’s Clovis bank robbery did not produce a viable image of the suspect, according to Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque office. Lt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department also said no new information surfaced over the weekend to draw officials […]

Clovis bank robbed

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base explosives experts determined the “box-type device” was not explosive, officials said. Members of the Cannon Explosives Ordnance Disposal team spent more than an hour […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is being […]

Jeep rally to raise money for food bank

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer This Saturday marks the third annual Topless Jeep Poker/Bead Rally of the Portales and Clovis area. One of its main goals is to raise money for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Hosted by the Rat Pack, a local club of Jeep Wrangler owners, the rally will last […]

Bank looking to new location

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Western Bank will have a new home and a new location off of Chicago Avenue in the future, but Connie Landry, executive vice president for Western Bank, said the new building is still in the preliminary stages of that planning. The current Western Bank office is located at 203 […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Western Bank looking for new home

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved a resolution which would allow Western Bank officials to demolish apartment buildings in Portales to build a new commercial banking building. The Western Bank officials are purchasing the apartments with the help of the Portales MainStreet Association members and the city of Portales. According to […]

Wal-Mart once again paying price for its success

Editorial Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention of […]

United Way doles out 2006 funding

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico gave its largest allocations to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Curry County and to the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Roosevelt County. Funding for nonprofit programs in Curry County remained near 2005’s level, while Roosevelt County’s rose almost 40 percent […]