City officials look to reduce personnel costs

By Tony Parra City Manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of cutting costs in personnel and the first move was made in her budget proposal in Thursday’s finance committee meeting. In the previous budget meeting, Lee said normally the personnel portion for city budgets should be 50 to 55 percent, but the portion for Portales’ […]

Lee tells commission to reduce expenditures

By Tony Parra Portales city finance committee members were seeing red in this year’s first 2004-05 budget hearing. Red ink, that is. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said changes need to be made to the city’s budget to offset the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit. “Financially in the big picture, we’re going to have to reduce […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Sexual orientation discrimination bill to be debated

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A highly controversial ban approved last year will again be on the agenda for this year’s session, all because the governor signed the wrong version of the bill last year. Two local lawmakers said they will not support it. Last year, lawmakers approved a ban on discrimination based […]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]

City celebrates civil right’s leader

Tony Parra Portales will commemorate one of the nation’s most remembered civil rights’ leader with festivities over the weekend. The 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning on South Avenue O and 2nd Street to Abilene to the Memorial Building. Veda Urioste, the Mistress of Ceremonies for […]

Senator Kernan wants to reform education

Michelle Sebber By Michelle Seeber Freedom Newspapers Michelle_Seeber@link.freedom.com Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 […]

Committee to help city council fund new businesses

Mike Linn An eight-member committee will make recommendations to the Portales City Council regarding taxpayer funding for business owners seeking to establish themselves in Portales. One of the group’s first missions will be to discuss the application of a developer seeking taxpayer dollars in his efforts to build a new hotel in the city, Mayor […]

Officials optimistic bases will stay open

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005, according to officials of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. However, members asked the commission chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, to meet with […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Cannon hosts tribute to Dos Stewart

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read at […]

Doc Stewart deserving thanks from region

One of eastern New Mexico’s more prominent citizens will receive a public thank-you today. Few are more deserving than Doc Stewart. The longtime area car dealer and Committee of Fifty member will be recognized at a reception — open to all — from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Landing at Cannon Air Force […]

City honors ‘citizen of the century’

Jack King Mayor David Lansford and the Clovis City Commission will declare Friday “Doc Stewart Day” at the City Commission meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the North Annex of Carver-Curry Public Library. Gov. Bill Richardson plans to attend the commission meeting to recognize Stewart’s many efforts on behalf of the community, his office said […]

Habitat for Humanity works to increase volunteer numbers

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We […]

Freedom board meets

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — The board of Freedom Communications Inc. met all day Wednesday to discuss bids from potential buyers but did not decide what to recommend to the shareholders for a vote, the company said in a statement. Irvine, California-based Freedom, parent of the Portales News-Tribune, said the board told its investment […]

City ready to look to future

Tony Parra The city of Portales is looking for the right person to help guide it into the future. Mayor Orlando Ortega selected a diverse, seven-member committee to help select a city planner responsible for creating a Comprehensive Plan within 12 months. The plan will determine in what direction the Portales community is headed for […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]

ENMU pares down candidate list

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials […]