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.