Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt counties

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents warned of fraudulent ad sales

A company by the name of Communities Unlimited is making calls in Roosevelt County soliciting ads on a magnetic emergency numbers promotional piece. This company has not contacted the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce about their product and is not publishing on our behalf. Another company called Totes to Go, that is soliciting advertising on […]

Census shows increases in Portales

Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as growth at Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico University helped fuel double-digit percentage growth between the 2000 U.S. Census numbers and the 2010 numbers. The Portales population jumped 10.3 percent from 11,131 to 12,280, according to figures available at census.gov. “It was a little above […]

Unemployment numbers sobering news

Clyde Davis “Today, nearly 15 million Americans are still out of work. But even that may not be an accurate figure because the real unemployment numbers are probably a good deal higher than the “official” rate. The official rate doesn’t count the underemployed and people who’ve given up and simply dropped out of the labor […]

Press release: Portales schools phone system down

The Portales Municipal Schools telephone system is out of order. The following is a list of temporary numbers that can be used while the voice system is being repaired. These numbers are also posted on the website at www.portalesschools.com:• Central Office – 356-6641• Portales High School – 356-5831• Portales High School Attendance Office – 359-2087• […]

My turn: Local history presented in numbers

Some local history by the numbers (according to “Roosevelt County History and Heritage” and “Portales, New Mexico: The First 100 Years”):

Early votes more than triple 2008 numbers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Emergency volunteers sought

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is putting out a call for help, encouraging volunteer emergency medical technicians to step up. Nuckols said the request is in response to an increased volume of calls for assistance in the county, numbers that doubled in just a year. “We’re just looking at […]

Nov. 11, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported a new look in license plates. The new 1972 license plate would feature three letters and three numbers with red characters on a pale yellow reflective background.

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Official: Swine show numbers up

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By Karl Terry: PNT correspondent Kasyn Creighton may have already forgotten judge Tyler Dewey’s Tuesday night comments about her Hampshire hog but she and dozens of other Roosevelt County youth won’t easily forget the thrill of being in the show ring. The Roosevelt County Fair officially got under way Tuesday with the annual New Mexico […]

Global warming numbers need re-examination

Freedom New Mexico If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it’d be a good idea to be sure there’s a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We’ve noted before that climate change is occurring as it […]

Dec. 10, 1970

Various Portales merchants held a “treasure hunt” in which free gifts were given out to customers at different stores. The gifts had numbers corresponding to those printed in the Portales News-Tribune.

Nov. 15, 1964

Portales phone numbers switched from a RE6 prefix to the 356 prefix that is prominent today. The reason for the change was to avoid a conflict with Clovis’ 763 prefix.

AARP program targets safer senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The numbers aren’t good when it comes to senior drivers, and the AARP is doing their best to change that, especially in Roosevelt and Curry County. Safe Driver classes are usually held near the end of the month on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and the next class in […]

Firing over divorce proper, but should spur discussion

Today, divorced couples equal married couples in numbers. So imagine if divorce were a fireable offense. It is, at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. Popular English Professor Kent Gramm was fired recently, after 20 years at the school, because he and his wife divorced. Students have circulated a petition in support of Gramm, and debate […]

Officials say base numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]