Leakage in basement causes phone outage at ENMU on Monday

PNT Staff Report Workers at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday discovered that a break in the cooling system pump over the weekend had caused flooding in the Administration Building basement, leaving several buildings without telephone service. “It was pretty minor. We have pumps that cool around campus and one of the pumps developed a […]

Downtown Portales buildings vandalized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Police are investigating a graffiti spree that marked up approximately a dozen downtown buildings Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police had received 10 reports of graffiti vandalism, most of them coming in on Wednesday. He said police noticed other buildings that had […]

Gas line break causes partial evacuation at Brown Elementary

By Tony Parra Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students had to be evacuated for an hour from portable buildings because of a gas leak noon Tuesday. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said no one was hospitalized or injured and the ambulance didn’t have to respond. Scott Arnold, general manager for Yucca Telecommunications, confirmed a main gas line […]

Dora construction nearing end of first phase

By Tony Parra The Dora Municipal Schools buildings are going through a facelift and teachers and administrators are anxious to settle into the building. One of the major aspects of the construction project is a new 16,470-square-foot addition which will join together the high school and elementary buildings. The area between the high school and […]

City ready to target redevelopment

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer During the coming weeks, city and organization leaders will target vacant buildings in Portales as possible locations for new businesses. A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss economic development and what path the city should take to try to encourage those in the community and outside of the community to […]

ENMU regents dealing with housing issues

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Wednesday gave a Texas firm the go-ahead on plans for a privatized housing project east of Eddy Hall. The proposal calls for 96 units with 270 beds in four apartment complexes located behind Eddy Hall and extending east to South Avenue […]

May 11 Letter to the Editor

I would like to share with you some of the recent activities of the Portales Police Department. Police officers constantly check the school doors to ensure that the buildings are secure. This activity requires them to walk around buildings and to physically pull on doors to make sure they are closed and locked. This is […]

Old Cannon buildings are becoming more modernized

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Nov. 12, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Temporary jails could be remedy to overcrowding

Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners Tim […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]