Feb. 12, 1943

The Portales High School senior class put on “Our Town,” a play by Thornton Wilder that depicted scenes typical of life in a small town.

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 […]

Alley Cats to perform holiday music

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Freedom New Mexico Doo-wop group The Alley Cats will perform in Clovis on Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium in a holiday performance for the family. The show will feature classic holiday songs and melodies. The Alley Cats have shared the stage with Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys and Jerry Seinfeld. They also open for Jay Leno […]

Nov. 22, 1958

Seven miles south of town, a

Nov. 7, 1946

One hundred thirty workers held a breakfast, then set out around town to raise Portales’ Community Chest budget, which had dropped dramatically from the year before from $12,000 to $3,850.

Business feature: Store owner creates environment for expression

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Nicole Thompson said she opened her specialty imports store “Purple Myst” in Portales to provide residents with a slice of culture and the unique. Been there myself: Thompson said she always had to drive out of town to buy imported items.“My idea was that I was tired of having […]

Fall festival features Santa Fe Brewing Co.

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PNT Staff Report The Portales MainStreet Program is bringing the Santa Fe Brewing Co. to town for a fall festival Saturday night. “(We are hoping) to create ‘Alive After 5’ entertainment, to have different venues for people — young and old,” said Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet. MainStreet organizers have said the planned the […]

Oct. 24, 1903

An ad in the Portales Times advertised lots for sale in the “New and Thriving Town of Portales … the new County Seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico.”

Lujan hosting town halls

Freedom New Mexico Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Farmers Market: Freshest produce in town

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s Portales Farmers Market is going well, farmers say, in spite of a few challenges. Market manager Margie Plummer, who grows near Portales, said the season is going well. “We have lots of vendors and lots of customers,” she said. Crops have done well for the farmers who […]

Texico to host N.M. 42 championships

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent As a resident of Houston, Jerry Whitney had been to the Texas 42 dominoes championships in the south Texas town of Hallettsville. Upon arriving in Texico 10 months ago, he figured New Mexico needed a state tournament, too. So he proceeded to organize it. On Saturday morning, the inaugural New […]

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 […]

Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the […]

Volunteers help clean up the town

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Armed with trashbags, gloves, fluorescent-colored vests, and in many cases, donuts, dozens of Portales citizens were up early on Saturday morning to help clean up the town during the eighth annual Great American Clean-Up. Approximately 17 organizations showed up with crews to pick up litter along the Clovis and […]

Zia first baseman providing consistency

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico After two seasons in junior college in her home town of Scottsdale, Ariz., Anna Hershkowitz didn’t know where she would go to continue playing softball. She just knew she wanted to play somewhere else. In the fall of 2006, Hershkowitz came sight-unseen to Eastern New Mexico University. After a […]

Town & Country stores to become “Stripes”

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Large Youth Town Hall turnout excites organizers

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter An unexpectedly large turnout during Wednesday’s New Mexico First Youth Town Hall Meeting has generated positive responses from state and city officials. More than 150 students from

Teens to tackle problems in Youth Town Hall

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Roosevelt County teens will have the opportunity to participate in a Youth Town Hall meeting in Portales. The meeting is part of New Mexico First’s ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders Program’ and will begin at 8:15 a.m. April 9 at the Memorial Building.

2-12-08 Local Briefs

N.M. First announces town hall New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization formed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 announced that its 2008 statewide town hall will address rural economies and rural-urban partnerships. The town hall, entitled “Business as UNusual: A Town Hall on Rural-Urban Economic Development” will be held in Ruidoso […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]