Burglaries up last year

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Christina Calloway Burglary reports last year in Portales were more than double compared to 2009, according to the Portales Police Department’s 2011 annual report. There were 293 burglaries reported in 2011 compared to 125 in 2009, according to the report. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said the jump in burglaries — which is described as […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Salvation Army, PNT launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

PNT wins at press awards

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday was awarded the top prize from New Mexico Press Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ won the general excellence award for the fifth consecutive year — the eighth time in nine years — taking honors for news and sports reporting and advertising […]

Drug-sniffing dog joins sheriff’s office

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Alisa Boswell The newest deputy at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is going to help keep drugs off the county streets and highways, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Fram, a black Labrador retriever, just returned from two weeks of training in Spring Branch, Texas, with his new handler, Deputy Sonny Wilcox. Wilcox said he […]

My turn: Local talent impressive

I want to congratulate PNT columnist and Eastern New Mexico University’s Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan on his recently acquired award for best columnist. I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it more. He is always a delight to read and work with. I covered the Floyd Jamboree on Saturday night and the musical talent […]

Statistics: Burglaries up

Argen Duncan The city of Portales saw an above-normal number of burglaries in 2010, but a significant decrease in DWI cases, according to city Police Department statistics. “We did have an increase in several areas,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry, adding officers had been busy. However, Berry said the rates of solved cases […]

Former Elida coach to be inducted into NMHU’s Hall of Honor

By Melanie Dabovich-Roberts Special to the PNT Bob Dabovich of Raton, a former Elida coach, will be inducted Thursday into New Mexico Highlands University’s H-Club Hall of Honor Dabovich, who played college basketball and baseball at NMHU in the mid-1960s to early 70s, is one of six former student-athletes who will be honored by the […]

Salon owners expect no change from tanning tax

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By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer jtucker@pntonline.com Take your tax, and tan it. That’s what tanning salon owners and customers in Portales think about a new federal tanning tax that takes effect July 1. The new tax, part of the government’s health care bill, won’t keep die-hard tanning customers away, according to salon owners. Devan […]

Annual Heritage Days on horizon

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Clarence Plank It’s that time again for the 26th annual Heritage Days in Portales this coming weekend. The three-day weekend kicks off Friday with the Christian Country Jamboree at the City Park. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said this is her favorite event of the year because families can […]

Restaurant’s chili sauce featured in recipe

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Praise in New Mexico Magazine has set the market on fire for a green chili sauce a Portales family created and sells, and Sunland Inc. peanut products shine through similar “earned publicity.” In the August issue of New Mexico Magazine, the green chili sauce produced by El Rancho Restaurant […]

Fatal wreck near Portales

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]

People always make our fair a success

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Fair Board President Tim Allison stopped his chores in the dairy and beef barn Friday night to chase me down as I strolled through with camera at the ready. He said he appreciated the coverage the PNT had given the fair but I think more importantly he wanted to […]

Several Portales residents were evacuated due to a natural gas leak.

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Thomas Garcia A natural gas leak Monday morning on Yucca Drive led to the evacuation of several homes. A city of Portales crew digging in an alley in the 100 block of Yucca Drive hit a PNM gas line about 8:30 a.m., causing the leak, according to city and PNM officials. The crew was using […]

Train, truck wreck causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. Highway 70

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer this morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of North Kilgore Street and U.S. Highway 70, according to officials. The driver of the […]

Portales launches pet program

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales animal shelter has developed a new system of reuniting lost pets and owners. Working in conjunction with the Portales News-Tribune and KSEL radio, the shelter will make daily public service announcements about lost and located pets. “It’s another way to find a pet,” Senior Animal […]

People helping people

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a disabled single mother who lives on a fixed income. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her daughter. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12 to 14. Girls winter coat size 12 to 14. Toys list: Bicycle The Empty Stocking […]

Writer’s works, ideas will never die

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales and Eastern New Mexico University lost a favorite son, true pioneer and a genuinely nice person with the passing of Jack Williamson on Friday. I was humbled by the responsibility of writing about the death of such a prolific writer and great mind in the Portales News-Tribune. The […]

PNT receives second place

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE – The Portales News-Tribune won an award for second place in column writing Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The entry was by Managing Editor Karl Terry for a column entitled “Grandma Terry” remembering the life of his grandmother following her death last fall. […]

PNT wins five press awards

PNT Staff Report AMARILLO — The Portales News-Tribune picked up five awards on Saturday from Texas’ Panhandle Press Association. PNT staffers, along with journalists from the Clovis News Journal, produced a series of reports about the future of Cannon Air Force Base, which earned the PPA’s Community Service award, one of the organization’s top prizes. […]