My turn: Communities complement each other

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Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, anywhere. With a horse-drawn carriage […]

Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

My turn: Communities eager to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Letter to the editor: Rural communities need post offices

Rural communities need post offices The U.S. Postal Service is losing lots of money. People are using the Internet to pay bills and to communicate. The postal service is having to deliver mail to more people, but those same people are buying less stamps. Did the postal service or the postmaster general not see this […]

Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

Freedom New Mexico Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. […]

Airmen active in community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell From left, Jeff Waldrop, Donnell Clark and Gabriel Alaniz all take a lunch break Sept. 3 after working half a day on building a home in Clovis for Habitat for Humanity. The three airmen all volunteer for various local organizations and events. Waldrop said he volunteered back home before joining the […]

Press release: Federal help for wildfire victims

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today that New Mexico families of moderate to low-income levels whose homes were damage by recent wildfires may apply for federal funds to offset costs to rebuild or repair their homes. As well, communities may apply through USDA to replace or repair community facilities or acquire equipment […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Press release: $46 million for low income communities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Finance New Mexico will receive $46 million to support job creation and investments from the private-sector in economically distressed communities across the state. The $46 million comes through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial […]

Portales recertified for grant eligibility

PNT staff The city of Portales was re-certified by the Certified Communities Initiative last week, according to a news release. The city was recognized during the Roosevelt County Community Development corporation meeting. CCI requires communities to be recertified every three years. CCI supports New Mexico communities in their efforts to create new jobs, the release […]

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. […]

Public input sought on LATN training

By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections The Air Force is seeking input from Clovis, Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain, because it supports the development […]

Air Force seeks input on training area

Jared Tucker The Air Force is seeking input from Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain because it supports the development of special operations mobility […]

Communities should get a little ‘self pride’

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist There are lots and lots of jokes about hearing voices in one’s head, a supposed sign of instability. I have seen T-shirts and bumper stickers which proclaim “I Hear Voices in my Head, but at Least they Like Me,”and similar sentiments. More serious, of course, is the reality behind the […]

Portales Past: March 14, 1950

March 14, 1950: Male residents of the Roosevelt County communities of Bluit and Bledsoe performed in the play “The Womanless Wedding” at the Bledsoe school.

Neighborhood Watch programs in works

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Tech. Sgt. Ernie Revell, left, and Portales Police Lt. Mark Cage answer questions during a Neighborhood Watch meeting held Feb. 18 in Portales at Cannon Meadows. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Residents of Cannon Air Force Base 801 Housing communities in Clovis and Portales are working to start neighborhood watch programs. […]

Snow settles down

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Life started returning to normal across eastern New Mexico Friday as residents began digging out from a vicious winter storm that shut down travel, schools and most commerce for almost two days. The storm that developed overnight Wednesday was the biggest snow the area has seen this year, dumping […]

Cannon partners with communities in water project

27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Groundwater is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, including the High Plains of eastern New Mexico. The Federal government recognized the importance of this resource for the long-term sustainability of this region and earlier this year President Obama authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to spend up […]