Old trailer lost in fire

Freedom New Mexico A fire burned the remains of an old trailer house Monday night near U.S. 70 across from Greyhound Stadium. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Golden said firefighters received the call about the fire around 7 p.m. and finished extinguishing it in about two hours. He said firefighters believe a saw used […]

Police blotter — March 17

A sampling of recent calls to Portales dispatchers, according to call logs: Thursday • At 9:20 a.m., a caller in the 1700 block of North Boston said she would like animal control to come and pick up a cat at her mother’s house. • At 2:46 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of South […]

Feb. 21 Blotter

A sampling of calls received by Portales dispatchers Feb. 11 through Feb. 18 according to call logs:

1-31 blotter

A sampling of calls received by Portales dispatchers Jan. 22-29, according to call logs: Jan. 23: • At 12:01 a.m., a caller in the 1700 block of North Boston Avenue reported a threat to the caller’s 16-year-old daughter on a My Space Web site. • At 4:26 p.m., a caller in the 1900 block of […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Jan. 17 Police blotter

A sampling of calls Portales dispatchers received Jan. 8 throught Jan. 15, according to call logs: Jan. 8: • At 4:24 p.m. dispatchers sent officers to investigate an open 911 line. They were told that for the past few days, the caller’s dog had been sitting on the phone, which then dialed 911.

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

Dec. 20 Police Blotter

A sampling of call received by Portales dispatchers from Dec. 1-18, according to police call logs:

Flu clinic’s hours varying

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is asking people to call ahead because the hours have changed for the flu clinic due to a decrease of patients and fewer available staff members because some have flu-like symptoms, according to information from the hospital. The number of patients with flu-like symptoms has decreased […]

Open mouth ruins marriage bliss

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

A place to call home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Randi Hales of Clovis likes camping, but to make a stable home for her sons, she believed a house — one she would own — was in order. She’s on her way to seeing that happen with help from Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. Hales, […]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves […]

July 13 Police Blotter

Portales police log samples from the past week: Monday 3:58 p.m.: Caller on S. Roosevelt Road U said a cow was in his front yard and he wanted assistance to move it. No incident report filed. 8:32 p.m.: Caller living on North K street said neighbors kept shooting fireworks into her yard despite asking them […]

MVD looking online for better customer service

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By Argen Duncan: PNT staff writer Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]

Volunteer finds food pantry ministry rewarding

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Michael Marshall has lived in Portales for seven years and is the post office manager for Eastern New Mexico University. He is a volunteer for a food pantry ministry through Central Christian Church. How did you get involved with volunteering work? I helped the guy who actually started our food pantry ministry. We used to […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Police: False robbery call made with pre-paid cell phone

PNT Staff Report A Portales police spokesman said a phone call reporting an armed robbery at a local bank on Friday that turned out to be a false alarm was made using a pre-paid phone. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police were unable to determine an exact location from where the call was made or […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Hold off before criticizing Phelps

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Michael Phelps, who inspired me to finally learn to swim, is apparently human. In the shadow of the Super Bowl, a photo surfaced, showing Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong at a November 2008 party. Call my editors. I need an extra 300 words. I can’t fit all […]