Police blotter — March 14

Here are Portales police call logs from Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday: • 1:35 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 700 block of West Third Street. • 3:35 a.m.: Person reported a lost wallet, 100 block of North Chicago. • 8:46 a.m.: Security company reported an emergency, 1600 block of South Main. • 8:59 a.m.: Caller […]

Police blotter — March 13

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PNT staff report Here are Portales police call logs from Sunday: • 1:01 a.m., Caller complained about a vehicle revving its engine, 100 block of East Ivy. • 1:40 a.m., Caller complained about a loud party going on, 1700 block of South Avenue B. • 3:35 a.m., Caller complained of a noise in the alleyway, […]

Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Engagement —

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Payen-Pena Mary Lou Payen, of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Victoria Guadalupe Payen of Portales, to Mark Edward Pena of Portales, son of Michael and Carmen Pena of Portales. The bride elect is the daughter of the late Albert Payen. The couple will exchange vows, 4 p.m. March 17, 2012, […]

Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Residents urged to recycle

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Christina Calloway The Portales MainStreet program is urging local businesses to recycle and become more energy efficient even if it just means making small changes. Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen recently attended a seminar that focused on “going green” and saving money and resources. “We want to inform people how to go green,” […]

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 […]

Ticket feature: Dual band concerts set in Clovis, Portales

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CMI staff Members of Portales’ Triple L Band and the Alaska String Band consider their musical stylings to be fit for the family. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as both bands basically are families. The two bands will join forces for a pair of concerts Friday at the Yam Theater in Portales and Saturday at […]

Police blotter — March 8

The following calls were made to Portales police dispatcher on Tuesday: • 12:04 a.m., caller reported an accident between two semis, one a milk truck and one a freight liner on U.S. 70. No injuries were known of. • 5:06 a.m., caller reported an entrance alarm going off at the 700 E. Lime St. • […]

Drunken driving simulator makes students think twice

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Christina Calloway Portales High School students got to spend a class period drinking and driving in a virtual simulator Tuesday. The effects were synthetic, but the consequences were real to the students who went through UNITE’s Arrive Alive high-tech distracted driving and drunken driving education program. “It affects everyone around you,” said Jacob Nunse, 16, […]