City officials express optimism on hotel

Tony Parra “It’s okay I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night,” is a popular advertising tool for Holiday Inn and soon you may be hearing it more often in Portales. The wheels are in motion and the preliminary stages are being made to bring in a Holiday Inn Express (prototype), developer Tushar Patel said […]

Residents outraged over commodities

Mike Linn Residents of south Roosevelt County are upset about a new commodity program, claiming portions of the food distributed last week were rotten and inedible. “The squash they sent was absolutely ridiculous — it was ruined. It was not edible,” said Mavis Carmichael of Garrison. “And I cooked the turkey because I didn’t want […]

Cannon officials seek expansion of military training air space

Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base commander […]

Legislators crack down on meth

David Arkin Methamphetamine has become such a problem in New Mexico that lawmakers may consider a bill focused on fighting the war against the highly addictive drug. Local law enforcement officials are applauding the bill, which will make an appearance soon before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge people with […]

Council approves funding for new hotel

Mike Linn If everything goes according to plan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Natatorium won’t harbor the only indoor swimming pool in Portales. The Portales City Council has agreed to spend $61,000 to help fund the construction of a new 65-room, Holiday Inn Express (prototype) hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and exercise […]

Board of Regents discuss budget, tuition

Tony Parra Santa Fe is a political hot spot right now and the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents decided to meet there on Thursday to discuss budget-balancing and banking services for ENMU-Roswell as well as to meet with state legislators on the 135-mile rule. Colleges such as ENMU and New Mexico State University offer […]

Bush pushes tax cuts at Roswell visit

Jack King ROSWELL — President Bush on Thursday drove home points from his State of the Union address as he enjoyed a friendly southeastern New Mexico crowd. Bush spoke to an audience the Secret Service estimated at 1,800 in Roswell’s Convention and Civic Center, a talk billed as remarks on the war on terrorism, but […]

Sexual orientation discrimination bill to be debated

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A highly controversial ban approved last year will again be on the agenda for this year’s session, all because the governor signed the wrong version of the bill last year. Two local lawmakers said they will not support it. Last year, lawmakers approved a ban on discrimination based […]

Group formed to promote, tout pipeline project

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. To help explain, educate and promote the project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member […]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]