Tucumcari commissioners fire city manager

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted […]

Businesses offer entertainment venues for Fifth Friday events

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Alisa Boswell City officials and residents’ ambitions to make downtown Portales “alive after five” begins Friday night with the MainStreet Program’s first Fifth Fridays event. The MainStreet Program Manager Sandy Van Der Veen and local business owners involve all said they anticipate a good turnout for the first event, but they believe the number of […]

City officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Alisa Boswell City officials agree an entertainment center would be a positive thing for Portales. Opinions are split on how to fund such a project. Councilor Keith Thomas, who pitched the idea to the city council, proposes it could be funded by a tax hike or bond. Mayor Sharon King believes it should be privately […]

Meetings watch: City commission

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in Portales City Hall, councilors: • Approved ratification of the Finance Department’s Actions Regarding Bills for August 2011. • Approved the resolution for a special election concerning Sunday liquor sales in Portales. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the election will take place Dec. 13. • Approved the right-of-way […]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created a sense of vulnerability that struck close to home for the community, in more ways than one. The tone was one of worry and fear as people around the U.S. watched in horror and […]

Meetings watch —

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission will meet in a Work Session today at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse to discuss the Magistrate Court Complex Project. The following items will be discussed today during the regular commissioners meeting at 9 a.m.: • Information about the Security Posture Assessment […]

Clovis city commissioner receives certification

Clovis City Commissioner Fidel Madrid was recognized Thursday for his graduation as a certified municipal official from the New Mexico Municipal League’s leadership institute. The institute is a voluntary three-tiered program that encourages continuing education, excellence in local governance and recognition of elected officials who take advantage of training opportunities. Madrid, elected in 2010, represents […]

Portales to begin redistricting plans

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Alisa Boswell Redistricting for the city of Portales will begin soon now that the city has signed a contract with Southwest Political Services of Albuquerque. According to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the company will finish the project no later than Dec. 15. “We are asking them that they provide us with three alternate plans […]

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Music Festival kicking off Sept. 8

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Music Festival is throwing its annual party to celebrate the city’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage. The festival was originated by Clovis recording giant Norman Petty’s widow, Vi. The event is held annually the first week of September and showcases live music celebrating the spirit of the “Clovis sound.” The festivities […]

Mother of Confusion: Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaur Train’ kick-starts second season with movie

Genevieve Hinson Hey, there’s big news for Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” fans. The second season on PBS Kids is launching with the premiere of “Dinosaur Big City,” a one-hour movie airing on Aug. 22. (Check for your local listing at www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/.) After that each of the episodes will focus on the outdoors and other […]

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands […]

Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Shrimp on the boil and racing wiener dogs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shrimp on the boil The Eastern New Mexico University Portales Alumni Chapter and the ENMU Alumni Affairs Office is hosting their annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser to benefit ENMU scholarships Aug. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Yam Theatre in downtown Portales. Entertainment will […]

City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from a “swamp with weeds over your head” into a park where people want to spend time. Wade formed the Clovis Softball Association, which began with four teams and […]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been […]

Friday morning briefing: Town hall, affordable housing and Carter’s crisis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Town hall The city of Clovis’ Affordable Housing Town Hall meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. It’s open to the public. Music, music, music The Clovis Music Festival Committee is meeting at noon today at the Clovis Curry […]

Outdoor watering allowed July 4

PNT Reports The City of Portales has canceled emergency water rationing effective today, as the water tanks have recharged enough to return to mandatory alternating-day outdoor watering, according to a city news release. Monday, anyone can water to prevent possible fire from fireworks, City Manager Tom Howell said. Tuesday, he said, the alternating-day watering schedule […]