Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Fire guts Big Valley Ford

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In the second major structure fire in Portales in a week, the roof of Big Valley Ford’s repair shop burned Friday evening. The blaze forced the evacuation of the Town and Country convenience store next door, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, according to officials. […]

Big Valley sells Clovis dealership

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico There is a reason the Big Valley lot on Mabry is empty. Bender Chevrolet Cadillac in Clovis took over Big Valley Buick Pontiac GMC’s inventory of General Motors products Monday after buying the dealership. Bender dealership co-owner Bryce Bender said he’s moved Big Valley’s inventory to his Chevrolet Cadillac […]

Events Calendar Oct. 19

Sunday Peanut Valley Festival — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. Monday Community Worship Service — 7-10 p.m. at the Memorial Building. All faiths are welcome. Tuesday City Council — 7 p.m. City Hall. Regular meeting. Friday ENMU Board of Regents — 9:30 a.m. Regents’ room, ENMU. Saturday Fall Festival — […]

Sept. 30, 1944

Portales Valley Sweet Potato Growers met to set a time for the opening of the curing houses, as the fair weather was guaranteeing a good crop that season.

Sept. 10, 1933

Portales Valley News reported that the new pastor of the Methodist church, Rev. R. F. Davis, would be preaching the following Sunday, his sermon entitled “Forward March.”

Nov. 25, 1960

• Election returns state-wide were being questioned by Democrats. Two Portales boxes were among the 220 being questioned. • Bird hunting season was open and the PNT reported that even though hailstorms in October killed many quail, the cover was good and the birds were thriving. • Valley Electronics was selling a television with distortion-free […]

July 8, 1982

• Portales Police Department officials seized four ounces of marijuana and a sawed off shotgun at a residence on North Avenue K during an early morning raid. • Members of the Portales School Board and school officials ceremoniously lit a $5,000 bond that was one of 187 bonds that the school was able to pay […]

Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash happens today

The Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash will begin at Greyhound Arena at 3 p.m., with music, barbecue and family activities followed by a fireworks display. The event is free for the public and will have prizes for children. Barbecue will be $8 for an adult plate and $5 for a child’s plate. Attendees will have […]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team […]

PHS tennis squads cruise past Valley Christian

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PNT staff Portales’ tennis teams were virtually assured of dual wins Tuesday when they took on the first-year Roswell Valley Christian program at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. Valley Chritian brought just four girls and three boys to the contests. Although some of the matches were fairly competitive, the Rams and Lady Rams […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams for fifth place

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]

Annual Peanut Valley Festival kicks off

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By Karl Terry Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. “We’ve bought lots of things: dolls, jewelry, I got a flu shot,” said Sylvia Shot, of Clovis. “We don’t (ever) miss it, we really enjoy it.” The festival, […]

Local entities prepare for opening of new dairies in area

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is an agricultural bedrock. It is also awash in smog. California officials say the 2.5 million cows in the valley are a major culprit. The animals emit 24 tons of ozone-forming gas per day […]

Elida back in state baseball tournament

Dylan Radcliff led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple, then scored the winning run on a passed ball as Elida won the Region B championship, 11-10 over Mesilla Valley Tuesday at Ram Field in Portales. The Tigers will face Gallup Catholic to start the state tournament next week. That game is set […]

Rams in hole after first day at state golf

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers GRANTS — The Portales High boys golf team finds itself in a big hole in the state Class 1A-3A tournament — in part because of Mesilla Valley Christian. The tiny Las Cruces-based school, with only four players, shot a team score of 290 to open a 14-stroke lead over New Mexico […]

Jan. 16 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael The weather has been pretty nice this week again so the remodeling and construction on the school buildings has had nice progress. When it’s done, the students don’t have to walk so far to the cafeteria. Coming dates Tuesday through Thursday, the sophomores will take the New Mexico High School Competency Exam. […]

Dec. 26 Obituaries

Viola J. Wiggs Mrs. Viola J. Wiggs, 90, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Amarillo. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, in New Mexico. She was raised in New Mexico and attended Texico High School. She married Melvin Lee Wiggs on July 25, 1935, in Clovis. He died in July of 1998. She […]

Obits March 24

Ralph Helms Services: 2 p.m. (CST) today at DeArman Funeral Home of Wynnewood, Okla. Ralph Murray Helms, 81, of Wynnewood, Okla., died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Pauls Valley General Hospital in Pauls Valley, Okla. He was born on Jan. 27, 1923, in Minco, Okla., to Benjamin Harrison and Elma Mae Jones Helms. He was […]

Car dealers discuss new law

Jack King Area used-car dealers had varying reactions to the state’s new lemon law, which went into effect on Jan. 1. “We’re going to have to be very careful about disclosures, telling where (the vehicle) came from and what we did to it. We’re also going to have to be careful about trade-in’s, because if […]