Portales past: June 4, 1941

June 4, 1941: Heavy rains, some estimated at 8 to 10 inches, left dozens of Roosevelt County homes and roads flooded. C.A. Franklin, who lived 5 miles north and 2 miles east of Portales, reported water standing 3 feet deep in his chicken house and all his chickens drowned.

At least one ‘small’ tornado spotted in Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County had two tornado warnings during Tuesday’s storms, but no twisters or major damage was reported. “Nothing really developed out of either warning … I think we’re OK right now,” said local Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger. During the afternoon, Milnesand had lightning and a grassfire of less than an acre […]

Portales Past: May 18, 1955

May 18, 1955: A tornado struck Melrose about noon, scattering debris from a broomcorn storage warehouse over two miles. Witnesses in Growdon’s Cafe, about 50 yards away, reported seeing the tornado lift the warehouse about 20 feet off the ground before tearing it to splinters.

Portales Past: April 18, 1945

April 18, 1945: A four-engine bomber from Clovis Air Base crashed 40 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas, killing its commander. Ten men parachuted to safety, but Lt. Glenn Erickson of Coffeyville, Kan., died, The Portales Daily News reported.

U.S. 70 closed for disabled truck

Police closed U.S. 70 at Johnston Hill until a wrecker could move a disabled tractor-trailer Friday afternoon. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the axles came off the truck, but no one was injured. He said traffic was backed up from Johnston Hill, about 4.5 miles north of Portales, back to town. Parker […]

Oct. 28, 1985

An announcement in the Portales News-Tribune said: “Monday: VFW Post 3299 will have bingo, 7:30 p.m., Post Home, two miles on Clovis Highway. Public invited.”

Wiener dog race set for Saturday

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are the kinds of dogs whose bodies Dachshunds can easily fit under. But local Dachshunds, popularly known as “wiener dogs,” will have their day this weekend. A Wiener […]

County helps with grassfire

PNT staff Roosevelt County fire crews helped fight a grassfire 45 miles south of Elida on Thursday afternoon, said Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The last available update, given before 5 p.m., was that 6,000 had burned, he said.

Portales’ country roads eyesore

I live three miles west of Portales. As the population grows outside the city limits, so do my concerns about the piling up of trash and tumbleweeds. It’s not only an eyesore, but a fire danger. Our county officials need to look into controlling this problem because it looks like individuals won’t do it. There […]

Residents plan celebration around inauguration

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As Barack Obama places his hand on the family bible and gives the oath of office in a historic presidential inauguration thousands of miles away from Roosevelt County Tuesday, a small band of local Obama campaign volunteers will gather in a Portales home to watch the occasion. Portales resident […]