Columnist saddened by area code change

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico It’s a little hard saying goodbye to the 505. On the surface, it’s just a three-digit area code for our Land of Entrapment, I mean Land of Enchantment. But the 505 is also a mentality. This area code change is literally going to split our state in half, if [...]

The 411 on 575

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Freedom New Mexico The Public Regulatory Commission last year approved adding a new area code to meet an increasing demand for telephone numbers. Clovis, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties were assigned to the new 575 area code. A look at the implementation of the program • Today — The 575 area code becomes active. [...]

Area code adjustments affect Roosevelt County

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The month of October will bring a new area code for the majority of the state of New Mexico, including Roosevelt County. For some it will be a minor adjustment, for others there will be lots of hassles and expense. The northwest region of New Mexico, including Aztec, Farmington [...]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort [...]

Ordinance targets delinquent code fees

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ignoring notices from Portales code enforcement officers could become significantly more expensive under an ordinance revision under review by the Portales City Council. Sgt. Brack Rains and Chief Jeff Gill of the Portales Police Department presented a report detailing the number of actions police had taken recently on code [...]

Draper weaves together, art, war and Navajo tradition

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teddy Draper III has visited lots of battlefields over the last few years, including some in Iraq. But it was his trip to one historic battle site that has had a half century to heal that provided the inspiration for a mural he completed at the Community Services Center [...]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to [...]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other [...]

City attorney services questioned

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By Mike Linn Portales city officials haven’t requested proposals for city attorney services since 1990 — something state officials say is a violation of state procurement code. But Portales city attorney Stephen Doerr said his firm’s contract with the city is valid and requests for proposals from other attorneys is not necessary. State code 13-1-150 [...]