Officials rail road crossings

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Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner perturbed with slowed efforts to fix two Portales railroad crossings is spearheading a petition to expedite the repair process. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez distributed petitions to the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting seeking assistance on repairs from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]

Officials want to raise minimum water level for Ute

Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly reduce […]

Residents discuss moving Greyhound Arena closer to town

Tony Parra Portales residents discussed stronger ties with Eastern New Mexico University, implementing a more active downtown and the importance of the new cheese plant at a town hall meeting Thursday night at The Roosevelt. The meeting was the first of a handful scheduled to help develop a comprehensive plan for Portales. The state of […]

Proposed bill could provide money for ENMU

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Officials worried about gross receipts tax

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Residents replace Dora prom money

Tony Parra Students at Dora schools lost a classmate in an automobile accident last weekend. In a show of support to Clayton Stokes’ family, students donated more than $6,000 to help with their friend’s funeral expenses. That was money they’d been saving for their school prom. Now eastern New Mexico residents are responding to the […]

Falcon freed

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Mike Linn A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound Arena gave biologist Tony Gennaro a frightened stare as he tried to coax it to safety on Wednesday afternoon. Talking gently to the bird as if it were a scared 6-month-old child, Gennaro was able to corner and catch the male American Kestrel […]

City awarded grant to help plan future

Tony Parra Portales has its grant, it has its city planner and tonight the community can help take the next step in coming up with a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. There will be a town hall meeting open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at The Roosevelt restaurant on the […]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the […]