Cannon invites community to dance, mingle

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both in tonight’s Late Nighter at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at the […]

Cannon invites community to dance, mingle

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both in tonight’s Late Nighter at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at […]

Events set to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations are scheduled across eastern New Mexico this week and next. In Portales, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities start 10 a.m. Monday with a march starting at the Roosevelt County Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. The parade includes the Cannon Air […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

School board approves sale of $1.9 million in bonds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education has approved the issuance and sale of $1.9 million of general obligation school bonds, which are intended to finance roof repairs at Portales High School as top priority. The board voted unanimously for the measure at their meeting Tuesday in the district […]

Storm causes 2 deaths, outages, damage

Freedom New Mexico Wind gusts of more than 60 mph Tuesday downed power lines and damaged several buildings in Clovis. But unlike deadly consequences in other parts of New Mexico, no injuries were reported in the region. The storm, packing powerful winds, was blamed for two traffic-related deaths on Monday and damage to White Sands […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

No plans proposed for Portales’ tallest building

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer It’s well known the tallest building in Clovis, Hotel Clovis, was once used as sleeping quarters for many but is now unoccupied. The same is true for the tallest building in Portales. Unlike the Hotel Clovis, however, no plans have been drawn up to revive the seven-story Lincoln Hall […]

Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail Strickler and Elizabeth Lawrence spent a month building their log cabin. Now they’re hoping to find it a home. Strickler, of Clovis, and Lawrence, of Portales, are raffling their creation — a quilt large enough to fit on a queen-size bed — to benefit Roosevelt and Curry counties’ […]

ENMU grew from humble beginnings

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It may have been a little slow going at first, but Eastern New Mexico University has evolved into the institution envisioned by its founders. That would be one providing higher education to the residents of the east side of state and, this weekend, many former ENMU students are taking […]

Sept. 22, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that city police officers were checking out the damage as well as searching for clues as to what type of vehicle ran into the Wheeler Mortuary warehouse on First Street and Austin Avenue. Skid marks indicate the vehicle slid 256 feet before striking the corner of the building.

Sept. 17, 1969

The Portales News Tribune reported the city council officially accepted the library building at the regular council meeting the night before and scheduled an open house to show off the new facility. Mayor James Kiker said he and his committee went over the building carefully and described it as “a good job, the best seen […]

Sept. 10, 1950

The Portales Valley Mills awarded a contract the previous afternoon for the construction of a warehouse of 40 feet by 140 feet at the plant on the Clovis highway, John Burroughs said in the Portales Tribune. The new building will be of story steel frame and tile construction. The contractor, Lyle and Holt of Clovis, […]

Education feature: Catholic center completed

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer After three-and-a-half years, the Thomas More Newman Center at Eastern New Mexico University has a new home. The center serves Catholic students and others at ENMU. The previous building housing the Newman Center, which has existed since the university’s early days, was sold in early 2006. The remodeled building […]

Restaurateur to give Territorial House Italian makeover

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer After the building’s most recent incarnation ended a few years ago, a menu featuring the old list of entrees continued to be on display in front of the Territorial House restaurant on Second Street. The place was called the Territorial House Mexican Grill, so the menu had many items […]

Council will consider raising Memorial Building fees

PNT Staff Report A well known building in Portales takes center stage at city council Tuesday. The meeting is at 7 p.m. A revision of policies and fees for the Memorial Building is up for consideration. City Clerk, Joan Martinez-Terry said she doesn’t know how old the original fees for the building are and staff […]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal […]

School board to discuss test results

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to hear a report on Adequate Yearly Progress test results at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda also includes discussion of a revision to the educational assistant salary schedule for next school year; policy changes for […]

Fair season

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, it was a typical summer day. Except, inside the Home Arts Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, where display booths were decorated in traditional fall colors yellow, orange, deep red and brown. The colors of autumn will soon be omnipresent and […]

ENMU emergency drill planned

Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled an emergency planning drill for 8-11 a.m. today, although it may end before 11 a.m. The drill involves Portales and campus police trying to apprehend an actor portraying a shooter in the Campus Union Building. Lea Hall, the College of Business and the Campus Union Building will be locked […]