Feb. 19, 1974

The Portales News-Tribune reported the national gas pinch was hitting the area, causing three Portales fuel stations to place “No Gas” signs at their stores. However, the local prices were slightly cheaper than the national average. Gas cost 43 cents at many local stations while the nation-wide average was 49 cents.

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Jan. 24, 1980

A half gallon of high-protein milk sold for 99 cents, while 39 cents would buy a pot pie, and 25 cents would buy a 16-ounce cup of Coca-Cola at Allsup’s Convenience Store.

Jan. 7, 1977

The Portales News-Tribune reported that locals were reacting to prices of coffee when it jumped from 60 cents a pound to one dollar, but were not as reactionary as they were to the sugar prices two years earlier.

Nov. 9, 1936

The local turkey market opened, selling turkeys at 9 cents for “No. 1″ and 7 cents for “No. 2.” The low prices were due to the oversupply of turkeys from the large crop that year.

Oct. 26, 1936

“The weird mirth-prevoking Melroy and his Entire Company” was to perform at the Portales High School Auditorium, charging 35 cents for adults and 20 cents for students, according to an ad in the Portales Daily News.

Scrap metal dealers see prices fall

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Following the financial slowdown, scrap metal prices have fallen and local recycles are feeling the pressure. Maria Chavarria, who owns Clovis Recycling with her husband Francisco, said supplies of scrap metal have dwindled in the last two months because of the drop in scrap metal prices. She said residents […]

Oct. 22, 1964

A 400-count Kleenex box cost only 19 cents while a half gallon of ice cream was priced at 59 cents at Owen’s Food Store.

Oct. 13, 1960

The Portales High School Drama Club opened its two-day performance of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” charging $1 for adults and 50 cents for students.

Oct. 2, 1951

Brank’s Comedians Tent Theatre was scheduled to perform “What Mothers Don’t Know” at Auspices American Legion, charging 50 cents for adults and 9 cents for children.

Sept. 7, 1954

Mac’s Drive In advertised their Mexican plate which included an enchilada, tamale with chile, ‘toastada’, and taquita, all for 49 cents.

Jan. 3, 1961

• Grady’s Food Market was advertising avocados two for 29 cents and bananas two pounds for 27 cents. • New county officials sworn into office included: Glenn Widener, sheriff; Clarence Harris, deputy sheriff; Laura Denton, treasurer; Margie Barton, county clerk;

Dec. 18, 1947

• Bicycles were advertised for $42.50 and up at Kelt and Van Schoyck’s Gamble and Western Store. • A 14 ounce bottle of catsup was advertised in a grand opening at for Furr Food Store two for 29 cents. • Causey’s Tomcats defeated Three-Way 34-26 in basketball and was ready to host Rosedale.

November 28, 1989

• A crew with the State Highway Department was busy repairing concrete located at Main and First streets. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the concrete had started to crack, according to officials with the department. • During the month of October, 15 building permits were issued. The estimated value for the construction work […]

Nov. 21, 1960

• Jerry Skinner of Dora High School scored 17 points as the Dora Coyotes beat Hagerman 55-42 in basketball. Larry Hays added 10 points for the Coyotes • Tower Theaters was advertising a special Thanksgiving morning “Mothers’ Helper Cartoon Show.” The price was 35 cents for kids 6 to 60. • Fresh Grade A tom […]

November 7, 1993

• Portales mayor D.K. Shafer proclaimed the day to be “Nurse Appreciation Day” in Portales. • Members of the Elida Future Farmers of America chapter attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training that was held at the Curry County Fairgrounds. • McDonalds offered six value meals for the price of $2.99 each, a Green Chili Cheeseburger […]

Oct. 31, 1951

• Tommy and Brooks’ Foodmarket advertised biscuits two cans for 25 cents, eggs 49 cents a dozen and sausage three pounds for $1. • Humphrey Bogart starred in “The Enforcer” at the Tower theater and “Molly” starring Gertrude Berg and Peter Hanson was showing at the Yam theater. As a bonus, the Tower was showing […]

Aug. 26, 1965

• Portales Schools superintendent Finman Hayhie reported that enrollment was down by 67 students compared to last year. • Mrs. Clarabell Fuque re-opened the Yucca Grill. The cafe re-opened after being shut down for two weeks prior. • With a purchase of $5.00 or more customers at Foodtown could purchase a three pound can of Crisco for […]

Aug. 23, 1965

• Broom corn season is in full swing with hopes of continuing until frost. According to the New Mexico Employment Service in Portales 200 workers were sent to the field this morning. • A 24 ounce can of Rexall Spray Starch was on sale for 49 cents at Alexander’s New Mexico Drug Company. • A […]

August 5, 1960

• Members of the Church of Christ were getting set to move into their new building on 18th Street. • The city police issued 714 tickets for overparking during July, which resulted in the department collecting $270 in fines. • College Bakery advertised one dozen donuts for 48 cents.