President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into solidly Republican territory dominated by an industry upset with his administration’s […]

Holiday activities include music, games, fireworks

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Argen Duncan Uncle Sam on stilts, belly dancers, a bean bag toss and, of course, fireworks contributed to the mix at the Portales Fourth of July Celebration. The event, paid for mainly with community donations, took place Monday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff members organized […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Engineering job seminar slated for Cannon

27th SOW Public Affairs Office A job information seminar for individuals who want to learn how to obtain civil service and contracting jobs at Cannon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Landing Zone. on Nov. 5. Career fields include engineering (professional & skilled), administrative, and contracting RSVP Shelly Schmidt at […]

Sept. 16, 1964

The Portales News Tribune reported that two new pests had appeared in the Portales valley peanut fields, one which posed an immediate threat and the other a less immediate, but severe, problem. Spider mites were found in every peanut field checked, with heavy infestations in several fields just east of town. Entomologists reported

Fields of hope: How Portales won the battle for Eastern New Mexico University

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By David Stone: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission of New Mexico Magazine.

Out of the office and into the fields

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s no shortage of businesses that have field offices. But, right now, the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Las Cruces is literally sending their officers into the field — crop fields across eastern New Mexico. They want to know what farmers are planting and how much. The NASS New […]

Baseball, softball fields near completion

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer When fans fill the seats of the Portales Ram baseball and softball fields this spring, they’ll see the product of months of hard work and thousands of dollars in improvements to the facilities. Ram Field and the Lady Ram softball field underwent the renovations to improve the dugouts and […]

2008 starts small, ends big

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The first 11 months saw a rather pedestrian year on the sports fields and courts of Roosevelt County — but a historic December to remember made 2008 a very special year. The year began with a surprising run to the New Mexico Class 3A state baseball championship game at […]

Explosion’s cause attributed to natural gas

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cause of an explosion that killed a Portales woman has been attributed to natural gas, according to members of her family. Family members of the owner of the home, Clytie Calton, said they were briefed by an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office along with Portales Fire […]

Hospital installing MRI machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has upgraded their technology and equipment with the recent arrival of a magnetic resonance imager (MRI) machine. “It’s called a Vantage. It’s state of the art to produce high resolution images for doctors,” said Robert Schneider, senior customer engineer for Toshiba. Equipped with silent technology, the […]

Ram soccer pitch ready

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Ram and Lady Ram soccer players will be kicking the ball around in their first practice Monday, less than nine months after the Portales school board approved the re-starting of the program. Between the hiring of a coach and the installation of two fields, administrators say they’re ready. “Growing […]

Thunderbirds seeking new team members

Mach Meter staff report The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, scheduled to perform at Cannon Air Force Base May 27, is looking for professionals to join an elite team known for precision flying and community involvement. Volunteers are needed in eight career fields: avionics, crew chief, egress, fuels, electro/environmental, structures, public affairs, graphic […]

Cotton crops affected by rain

By David Irvin Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton will produce nothing more than yarn. The clock is ticking for Cain and other area cotton farmers. Wet weather over the […]

Oct. 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I just don’t know how it’s possible the dry land milo and hay crops are changing so fast. Just last weekend the milo heads were barely turning a little colored and now some of the fields are so reddish and all is maturing so fast. The hay fields are so thick and […]

Luker enjoyed outdoors, family

By Helena Rodriguez When Billie Tollett’s mother passed away in 1979, Mary Edna Luker told her, “Well, I’ll just be your mommy for you.” And from that day on, Tollett referred to Luker as her mother, someone she would go to for advice. When it came to Luker’s own children, her two daughters also counted […]

Obits 10-7

Mrs. Ruby Nichols, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 3, 1923, in Graham, Texas, to Mattie and Michael G. Fields. She grew up in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. She lived most of her younger life in Hobbs. She married Ervin […]

Welcome to the battlefield

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By Kevin Wilson Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission is to […]