Jan. 19, 1981

The Portales News Tribune reported that the Roosevelt County Commission approved a measure put forth by Sheriff Stanley Bilberry to use air travel to transport Roosevelt County prisoners if the extraditions were over 600 miles. Under the current policy, the prisoners had to be driven, no matter what the distance.

Nov. 22, 1958

Seven miles south of town, a

Sept. 15, 1939

New Mexico Governor John E. Miles and his wife were guests of honor at the Roosevelt County Fair and spoke at Eastern New Mexico College, their first visit to Portales.

Carters settle on “White Earth”

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By Ruth Burns: Special to the PNT By Ruth Burns Special to the PNT One of the first of the pioneers to come to the Roosevelt County area was the Carter Family, who settled at Tierra Blanca Lake about 10 miles west of the present site of Portales, so named because of the “White Earth” […]

Now that’s mudslinging

John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or the other […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

October 21, 1988

• An F-111 D Fighter jet from the 524th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, crashed approximately two miles north from the Roosevelt/Curry line and one and one-half miles west of the CAFB road. The crew ejected from the jet safely and were taken to the base for treatment. • ”Clean and Sober” […]

September 28, 1988

• Construction began on the new Midway Dance Hall, located seven miles east of Portales on US 70. • Retired school teacher Frank Burke was busy shoveling garbage from underneath the railroad crossing on North Main Street. Burke, who was tired of getting no response from either the city or the county on the situation, […]

Wolfe balances roles of mother and marathoner

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For one Portales woman, Sunday is run day. Sheila Wolfe, 40, will be taking part in her first marathon Sunday in the Oklahoma City Marathon. “I’m ready for it to be here because I’ve worked my butt off for four months,” Wolfe said. “I’m just anxious, and I’m ready […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that spells J-A-L, the town is a waiting adventure. Jal is a small city of 1,800, located about 42 miles south […]