Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

City prepares for heavy snow

Kevin Wilson It won’t take much to make today the snowiest this season for eastern New Mexico. But indications are that Mother Nature will bring a lot more than the dustings we’ve had thus far. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow. Winds of up […]

Portales past: Jan. 18, 1951

Jan. 18, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Portales Markets ad: Cream, 65 cents; heavy hens, 22 cents; eggs, 36 cents; roosters, 10 cents; light hens, 18 cents; hides, 22 cents; and hogs, $20.25.

Grassfire threatening home

PNT Staff Reports A large grassfire near N.M. 206 and Roosevelt Road 12 has caused the evacuation of a home. An estimated 50-100 acres have been burned, according to fire officials. Portales, Dora, Arch, Elida, Causey and Floyd fire departments and the Roosevelt County Road Department have been called to fight the fire. There is […]

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

Portales Valley Mills catches fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fire caused minimal damage to the Portales Valley Mills building on Sunday and a firefighter injured battling the blaze was released after treatment, officials said. The fire was the third in 10 days involving city businesses. Lt. Mike Golden of the Portales Fire Department said Sunday an investigator told […]

U.S. 70 wreck injures two

PNT Staff Report New Mexico State Police investigated a serious accident Tuesday morning near Greyhound Stadium that left two men hospitalized. About 9 a.m., a semi-truck traveling westbound struck a piece of heavy equipment in transport, traveling westbound, according to police reports. The truck, driven by Michael Mooney, 47, of Woodlake, Texas, struck the heavy […]

Husband rescues

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to Portales Fire […]

Heavy smokers more likely to be separated early

byy Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]