Portales, Clovis, Tucumcari papers sold

Robin Fornoff Freedom Communications has agreed to sell the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and their affiliated publications to Clovis Media Inc., Publisher Ray Sullivan told newspaper employees Tuesday afternoon. All 60 full-time and two part-time associates will retain their jobs in ownership transition, expected to take place before the end of […]

Climate confab ends with little harm done

Freedom New Mexico The 17th worldwide conference intended to whip 190-plus nations into a fighting mood to combat global warming concluded in Durban, South Africa, this week, thankfully, without doing much harm. Global warming true believers spin the United Nations event as a success for extending for five years the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement to […]

NFL agreement not victory for free markets

Freedom New Mexico As football fans, we’re pleased to see the National Football League’s players and owners reach a new labor agreement that saves the 2011 season. But, as defenders of free-market principles, we admit that the NFL labor agreement has us puzzled. That’s because this labor dispute doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional battle […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, the state Environment Department, dairy industry and environmental groups have reached an agreement on dairy environmental regulations. The state Water Quality Control Commission adopted environmental rules aimed at preventing groundwater contamination in December 2010, but the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment appealed them. Now the amended […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Another baseball league interested in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Weeks after the Pecos League severed ties with Clovis, another league is trying to put professional baseball in the city this summer. Officials with the independent Southwestern States League are working on an agreement to lease Bell Park for 40 games, half of the 80-game schedule for the Clovis […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

ENMU, Dona Ana Community College sign articulation agreement

Eastern New Mexico University now has an open door for students from a Las Cruces community college. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Dona Ana Community College President Margie Huerta signed an articulation agreement Monday. Now, when students with associate degrees from DACC want to transfer to ENMU for a bachelor’s, the university will accept 90 […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves inmate agreement

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and commissioners: • Approved an agreement to house Roosevelt County inmates in for Lea County. Under the agreement, Roosevelt County could send adults for $100 a day and female juveniles for $125 a day. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the county has an agreement to house inmates […]

Meetings watch: Council OKs agreement for Prairie Walk Subdivision

During Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting councilors: • Approved a resolution to continue membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Government through 2011 at a cost of $2,577 a year. Councilor Gary Watkins was asked to retain his role as a member and Councilor Oscar Robinson was named as an alternate. • Approved a liquor […]

Commission to discuss franchise agreement

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners will consider a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service during their meeting Tuesday. Also the commissioners will hear from department heads and consider a budget adjustment for Milnesand Fire Department.

Franchise agreement up to county commission vote

Freedom New Mexico During their meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Roosevelt County Commission is expected to vote on a notice of intent to adopt a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company. The agenda also includes a budget adjustment to allocate traffic grant money and a year-to-date report from Ricky Lovato, Road Department chief.

City Coucil to honor local volunteer

Portales City Councilors are to honor local volunteer Frankye King and vote on an agreement with Eastern New Mexico University for mutual aid protection at their meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Memorial Building. A ceremony recognizing King as recipient of the city’s Excellence in Citizenship award begins the evening, and the business meeting […]

July 7 ENMU Briefs

Colleges sign agreement Eastern New Mexico University and Pima Community College in Arizona have entered an articulation agreement. PCC students who earn an associate degree, apply to a related degree program at ENMU and have a GPA of at least 2.0 are guaranteed admission to the university in Portales. ENMU is offering nine bachelor’s degrees […]

Commission set to vote on downtown parking

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to consider replacing parking spaces along Second Street again, as well as to vote on a Memorandum of Agreement that allows for a new public health office building. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. today. “They are still talking about ripping […]

Press release: Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

NATO initiation of Ukraine not worthwhile plan

Freedom New Mexico The cutoff of supplies of natural gas from Russia to Europe through pipelines in Ukraine may have been resolved for the time being with an agreement to deploy international monitors to make sure Ukraine isn’t siphoning off natural gas intended for countries farther west. But this dispute is about more than what […]