Voters express election issues

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Christina Calloway Water conservation was a main concern voiced by registered voters in Portales as an issue they want addressed by the city council candidates running for office in the March 6 election. Issues involving Portales children, including education and recreation, were also areas of concern. Here is what some voters had to say:

Community thanksgiving

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Alisa Boswell More than 400 families, seniors and individuals from surrounding areas, including Farwell and Muleshoe, Texas, among Curry and Roosevelt County residents, attend the annual Portales Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is in its ninth year. “We were talking one day and each of our churches had a Thanksgiving dinner and we thought why not […]

ENMU to receive grant

Eastern New Mexico University is one of eight New Mexico colleges receiving part of $5 million in grant money to increase enrollment and graduation rates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., ENMU will receive $615,226 from the U.S. Department of Education. Other […]

In some areas technology can wait

Kevin Wilson I have a list. It’s not on any piece of paper, or any task list on my phone or computer. It’s in my mind, titled, “Things I Must Do While Visiting Montana.” While visiting Montana last month, I tackled the list — including restaurants, landmarks and a small baseball park about 40 minutes […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Rainstorm soaks Portales

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CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s something other areas of the country refer to as “rain.” While it was far from a deluge, Thursday night’s rainfall — and the rainfall in Roosevelt County that preceded it over the past few […]

Dorm demolition about to start

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Alisa Boswell The demolition of Lincoln Hall on Eastern New Mexico University campus will begin Monday after the last of asbestos has been removed from the building. Demolition was due to begin on June 1, but due to finding additional asbestos in hidden areas, the removal took extra time, according to Scott Smart, ENMU vice […]

Counties placed on fire restrictions

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restrictions Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II example of courage

Within minutes of The Vatican announcing the beatification of Pope John Paul II a few weeks ago, all hotel rooms in Rome and surrounding areas, were reportedly sold out and Vatican officials are expecting up to two million people to attend this historic event on May 1. JPII’s fast-track to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI […]