Businesses working on liquor licenses

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Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Approved county redistrict plan splits Precinct 12 only

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners have approved a redistricting plan that splits Precinct 12 in half to balance District 1 and 2 populations in the county. The county’s consultant, Research & Polling Project Manager Brad Morrison, said the change approved Sept. 6 does will not affect commissioners in the next election. Precinct 12 was split […]

Commission approves property tax increase

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission approved a slight raise in property tax rates for the 2011 tax year at a special meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse. Commissioners approved the new rates after county assessor Kenner Carrasco provided overview of property tax rates. Carrasco said the net taxable value for the county for 2011 […]

New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

Emergency grazing approved for five more counties

CNJ staff Emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage, approved May 26 in Curry County, has now been approved for Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in these five counties who have suffered through severe drought conditions,” said Salomon E. Ramirez, state executive director for the […]

Club notes — March 6

United Daughters of the Confederacy Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 of United Daughters of the Confederacy met on March 1 at the Pizza Hut. President Janelle Foster opened the meeting introducing guests Ray Kobernick and Savannah Kobernick. She thanked the hostesses Bess Jones and Jan Ross for their favors and decorations. Ritual was read by […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

My turn: Knowing hunting requirements important

Dan Williams, public information officer with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said anyone under age 18 must successfully pass an approved hunter’s education course before they can hunt or buy a hunting license in New Mexico. After that a person is pretty much set to hunt protected game, but there are different requirements […]

EPCOG approves policy updates

Freedom New Mexico Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

New subdivision developers tout affordability

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Jared Tucker Developers say reasonable rent and affordable homes are their goals for a recently approved 104-lot subdivision across from the Portales Police Department. The preliminary plat for the new neighborhood was approved by the city council Aug. 17, and according to the developer, the Boston Home Spot sub-division will be a good answer to […]

Portales past: Aug. 15, 1960

Aug. 15, 1960: The new high school building was approved and would be going into use with the opening of school on Aug. 29, according to Superintendent M.G. Hunt.

Water authority OKs finance plan

Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to obtain federal money for the $500 million Ute Water Project. The 7-member board representing communities across eastern New Mexico also decided to buy excess water from private landowners. The finance plan calls for issuing $15 million in water authority […]

Disposal dilemma

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The City of Portales has been trucking its trash to Clovis for years and saving money. But officials say a new study approved for next year’s budget will re-evaluate whether or not the city can build its own landfill and still be as cost-efficient. City Manager Tom Howell said […]

Nonchargeable rest, recuperation approved

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced March 22 that Iraq and Afghanistan have been designated as nonchargeable rest and recuperation locations, authorizing service members deployed there, for 270 days or more, 15 days of administrative absence to be used in conjunction with benefits provided under the R&R leave program. “This designation […]

Approved spouses unaffected by career program pause

by Carmen L. Gleason: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A week after announcing the temporary halt of the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account operations, the head of the program assured participants with approved financial assistance that their enrollment will be unaffected. “For those of you who have currently approved financial account documents, […]

SOEMS to begin semiannual inventory

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron will conduct its semiannual 100 percent munitions inventory March 3-5. All issues for custody assets must be complied with by Feb. 26. During the inventory only emergency requests will be processed. These requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the maintenance group […]

Commissioners OK supplemental funding

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match. “The government […]

Commission approves hospital money

PNT Staff Reports Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match.

Freedom Chapter 11 first day motions approved

Freedom Communications, the parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced Wednesday it has received approval of first-day motions designed to ensure daily operations continue as the company restructures. The relief approved today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware allows the privately-owned media company to pay employee wages and benefits, use its […]

City council ups fee for Memorial Building use

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council approved rate increases Tuesday of 100-to-200 percent for the use of the city’s Memorial Building. Typical rates for those leasing space were formerly estimated between $3 and $7 an hour with a $50 deposit. Sammy Standefer, the city’s planning director, told council members those rates […]