March 19, 1959

The Portales News-Tribune reported that T. Z. Duncan, Vernon Watson, Jack Copeland, H. H. Parker and Howard Gardner were nominated for the Causey School Board. They were the only five nominated five hours before the deadline.

March 15, 1977

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Eastern New Mexico University men’s orienteering team had captured first place honors out of a field of ten at the Area II meet in Abilene, Texas

March 5, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the current winter was “one of the driest on record in Portales.” The article said the total moisture since the previous October was at a low of 0.31 inches, most of which fell in February.

Officer injured during arrest

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Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. […]

Feb. 21, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Mrs. John V. Mauk was chosen by the Portales chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood

Feb. 5, 1956

The Portales Daily News reported that a snowstorm that hit eastern New Mexico was the “worst blizzard in recent history.” The storm

Jan. 29, 1953

The Portales Tribune reported that

Jan. 27, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Portales Livestock Commission’s ninth annual equipment sale that began the day before

Jan. 26, 1958

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Dr. Milton Van Dyke, a former Portales High School student who attended Harvard University and was now an aeronautical research scientist, was visiting the area for the weekend. Van Dyke also attended Cambridge University and California Institute of Technology. Although he only spent three years previously

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.

Jan. 18, 1948

A 41-year-old mother of Roosevelt County gave birth to her 15th child in a farmhouse near Bethel. The doctor attending the mother reported that her previous children were all in good health.

Jan. 13, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that research conducted by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business estimated that Roosevelt County’s population had jumped from 14,549 in 1940 to 17,700.

Jan. 4 Police Blotter

A sampling of recent calls received by the Portales Police dispatchers, compiled from reports: Dec. 28: About 2:40 p.m., a woman reported she returned to her residence on South Avenue A to find her back door open. Dec. 29: About 10 a.m., a woman reported someone tried to break into her house on University while […]

Police report several auto burglaries

PNT Staff Report Eight auto burglaries have been reported in Portales in less than a week, according to Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Sunday, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Globe Avenue and an iPod from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Avenue A, Berry said. Saturday, […]

Jan. 8, 1951

The Portales Daily News reported that the local Junior Chamber of Commerce adopted a proposal to lower the voting age in New Mexico to 18, on the grounds that “persons old enough to be inducted into the armed forces should be given a voice in their government.”

Jan. 5, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that an Eastern New Mexico College student burned in a recent kerosene explosion in the college’s gymnasium was recovering in good time.

Dec. 20, 1949

The Portales Daily News reported that the Portales Post Office hit a new record for the amount of business in one day for the second time in one week. The day’s total was 30,000

Dec. 19, 1955

The Portales Daily News reported that Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Martin brought their son Orville home from the hospital for a two-week holiday stay. He had been staying at the hospital since he injured his spine in a diving accident in the summer of 1954, rendering him paralyzed. The senior was able to finish […]

Dec. 12, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Eastern New Mexico University administration building went without power after a transformer was drowned by a flood caused when sub-zero temperatures busted a water pipe.

Dec. 8, 1941

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Portales Daily News reported that despite the recent news of attacks and the newly declared war, the Christmas season would still officially open in Portales with a gathering of residents at the courthouse to sing Christmas carols. “We will have a difficult time in recapturing the […]