Groups aim to make a difference

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In honor of Make a Difference Day, two Portales organizations are offering the community a hand, or rather coats and flu prevention kits. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a coat drive with the distribution set for Saturday. Friday, the Community Services Center and its senior programs are […]

Coat drive under way

Freedom New Mexico In honor of Make a Difference Day, Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a Coats for the Community drive. Donors can bring new or gently used clean men’s, women’s or children’s coats to the office of Terry L. Cone, CPA, at 118 E. Second St. Drop-off times are 9 a.m. to […]

Baptist Children’s Home food drive under way

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fall means an outpouring of help from churches all over the state for the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. For the Fall Food Shower, the home sends lists of needed items to each of the 13 Baptist church associations in the state. Administrator Geraldine Dooley said the Fall Food […]

Charities not fazed by economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

Sept. 29, 1955

The Portales Daily Tribune contained an advertisement for Varsity Drive-In Theater

Sept. 3, 1964

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the pet prairie dog Portales Police had in “the pokey” the day before was bailed out by Mr. and Mrs. C.A. McEndree of University Drive. They said it belongs to their granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Larry Hays, also of University Drive. Mrs. Hays is the former Mary Nell Ainsworth of Milnesand, and […]

Habitat for Humanity house vandalized, repaired

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered Saturday to raise hammers, drive nails and lay tile — again — repairing vandalism to one of Habit for Humanity’s completed homes in Portales. Eight adults and two children came to the aid of Wendy Turner, whose house was vandalized days before […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]

Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

Drive-in movies dredge up memories

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The slightest cue can spark a moment of nostalgia for me these days, such as the sight of a step van reminding me of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is make sure those under 35 or so know what […]

April 27, 1950

More than 500 jackrabbits were killed in a “hunting drive” in Pep on the first drive of the hunting season. Starting at 9 a.m., the hunt consisted of 18 drives, and 60-70 people participated.

Dress drive helps make prom affordable

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ty Caffrey is trying to help teenagers have the perfect prom, even if they can’t afford the high price tag. Caffrey organized a prom dress drive Saturday at Matt 25 Hope Center and partnered with Clovis Community College and Life Choice. The drive provides area high school students with […]

PHS holding blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales High School is hosting a blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 8 in the school library. Donors are entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa gift card, can receive free cholesterol tests and can earn points redeemable for prizes. Appointments: Corrine Gonzales at 356-7015.

Air Force Assistance Fund drive under way

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs It’s time for airmen to help other airmen through the Air Force Assistance Fund drive that continues through April 24. This year’s goal is $36,262; an amount that Capt. David Troxell said can be achieved by getting a regular bag of popcorn instead of large size at the […]

Program trains teen parents

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico As an eighth-grader, Martha Torres is too young to drive, hold a job, vote or join the military. And yet Thursday she said hello to the biggest responsibility of her life — a baby boy. Torres is one of 25 Curry County teens and one from Roosevelt County participating […]

Blood drive scheduled

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic

PNT Staff Report An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Drive offers glimpse of nature’s beauty

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist It was a brief respite but last Sunday’s rainstorm provided us with hope during a long dry winter. The evidence of that hope was everywhere as the wife and I rose before daylight Monday for a trip to Lubbock. The night before the rare February thunderstorm had left us eating […]

Scouts host blood drive

PNT Staff The Girl Scout troops of Portales are having a “Scouting for Donors” blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C, in Portales. Donors must be 16 yrs old (with a signed parental consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have picture identification. […]

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some Clovis and […]