March 25, 1943

Thirty-two carloads of peanuts were shipped from the warehouse in Portales, according to Taylor McCasland, Bonded Warehouseman for New Mexico and West Texas. Seventeen of the cars were shipped to Columbus, Ga., and 15 were shipped to Stephensville, Texas, for candying and peanut butter purposes. McCasland did not know how much the government received for […]

Nov. 3, 1963

A businessman from Hereford, Texas, was the only person injured in a collision between two cars near Elida on U.S. 70.

1-25-08 It’s Their Job

Name: Rusty Radloff Job: Automotive Sales Representative, Big Valley Time on the job: One year Background: I was a jet mechanic in the military for four years. The Air Force that gave me the stepping-stone I needed. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins with helping customers find a vehicle of their choice, […]

Railroad cars derail at elevators

Freedom New Mexico Five railroad cars carrying grain derailed sometime Sunday morning at Peavey Grain elevators on U.S. 60/84 just west of Clovis. BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Joe Faust said there were no injuries and the derailment caused a minimal delay in operations. The grain was headed to the elevators when the derailment […]

Church resumes fiesta

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer St. Helen Catholic Church members are hoping to revive their annual fiesta. This weekend’s fiesta is the first in about four years, according to fiesta organizer Sandra Salguero. She said the fiesta is not just for church members but also the community. “We want to get it going again,” […]

Train company helps celebrate centennial

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers It’s been an adventurous month for Leo Delaloye, a chef with 17 years experience from Kansas. He has spent his time cooking in a kitchen zooming by the country at 45 to 65 mph. Delaloye joined BNSF Railway about a month ago to work as a chef in the railway’s […]

July 18, 1977

• A “shu-fly” was completed around the 12 derailed freight cars at the Elida Crossing. The “shu-fly” allowed restoration of freight service on the Pecos Valley Branch of the Santa Fe Railroad. • Members of the Portales 13 year-old Babe Ruth All-stars defeated Jal-Eunice 15-5 during the district tournament in Portales. • Tuesday was double […]

July 17, 1977

• Twelve rail cars hauling potash and one car hauling anhydrous ammonia derailed at the Elida Crossing in front of the Worley Mills Elevator. • Mr. and Mrs. ernest Propes received the Yard of the Month award for July. The award was presented by the Portales Garden Club. • A two pound package of Lynden Farm French […]

Racers cruise through Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid cheers and whistles from bystanders, participants in the 25th annual Great American Race rolled in for a breakfast pit stop Tuesday in Portales at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce volunteers were on hand to serve the Great Race participants and staff a hearty […]

Race goes on despite rainfall

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Through sunshine in central Texas and hail east of Clovis, 67 drivers raced in classic cars into Clovis Monday night on Main Street as part of the 25th anniversary of the Great American Race. This is the third time the route has gone through Clovis, which has won […]

Great Race coming to breakfast

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Entrants participating in the 25th annual Great American Race will make a breakfast stop in Portales on Tuesday morning. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the cars will begin arriving around 6 a.m. and will be parked at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, said Sharon King, executive director […]

Great American Race to motor through area

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes through town Monday. After spending the night in Clovis, the racers will arrive in Portales 6 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast on their way to their […]

Cars: Necessity, status symbol or addiction

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls his […]

Car show benefits children with heart problems

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer This Saturday the Classic Motor Cars and the Caprock Corvette clubs will host the third annual Kars for Kids car show at the Lubbock Dragway in Idalou, Texas, to help benefit children with heart problems. Caprock Corvette Club President Randy Edwards said the event will consist of a car […]

Car clubs ready to shine

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer This weekend’s Heritage Days boasts a number of events, including the annual car show at the Portales City Park. The event is hosted by the Sun Country and Eastern New Mexico Antique Auto car clubs. All classes of cars will be lined up at the Portales City Park Saturday […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

May 11 Obituaries

Dan Swopes, 59 Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Dan Swopes, 59, of Portales, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Aug. 26, 1945, in Portales, to Essie and Walter R. Swopes He graduated from Portales High School in 1963, and was active in […]

Tolar explosion remembered

By David Irvin On a quiet day in eastern New Mexico, Nov. 30, 1944, a train of 81 cars was traveling west out of Clovis. One of the crew members had detected a hot box under a fuel oil tanker car and the engineer was slowing the train to a stop west of Melrose in […]

Organizers hope to make derby a popular trend

By Tony Parra Organizers of the demolition derby at the Roosevelt County Fair are hoping to create a tradition which will last for a long time, with the second annual derby on Saturday night. The second annual demolition derby will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the special events arena. Scott Tucker, one […]

Salaz enjoys working on cars

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz Occupation: Auto mechanic Hometown: Portales Family: Wife, Antonia; children, Beverly, Shirley and Margarita Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz is employed as a mechanic for the City of Portales and also works on cars at his home during his spare time. His hobby is automotive restoration. He also enjoys hunting. His […]