Editorial: Americans moving south risk safety

A growing number of Americans appear to be facing a tough choice: live in fear of violence, or live in fear of going poor. Increasing numbers of U.S. citizens are choosing to move to Mexico when they retire. According to the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities, about 1.2 million American and Canadian retirees already live […]

Portales receives beautification award

PNT Staff Report Portales was recognized by the state Friday for its beautification efforts, according to a press release from the New Mexico Tourism Department. Presented by New Mexico First Lady Barbara Richardson, the city of Portales received a silver award at the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful annual awards for its efforts during the […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

10-30 Local Briefs

Brown to hold parade Brown Elementary School will present its annual Teddy Bear Parade at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the school. The parade will be followed by an assembly and classroom parties. Family and friends of students are welcome to attend. Portales among MainStreet awardees Portales has been awarded a $50,000 grant as part of […]

Bond B is worth voter support

Edtorial We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, […]

Feds outline available assistance for N.M.

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Group forming to tackle Cannon growth issues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the 16th Air Force Special Operations Wing, issues of infrastructure will likely […]

Causey/Lingo reunion ready to reminisce

PNT Staff Most people living in eastern New Mexico these days may not remember the heyday of the communities of Causey and Lingo. Many may not even know where they’re located. But this weekend they’ll be the main topic for more than 200 people with ties to the two rural communities. The Causey and Lingo […]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that […]

Stuart Ingle guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are spent on badly needed […]

Logan out of Ute Water Project

By Mike Linn The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water from the lake, […]

Water pipeline needs support from others

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman: Guest Columnist An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life.  Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident […]

Youth gets visit from Campos

By Tony Parra uesday afternoon gave Representative Joe Campos and Portales High School Junior Joderick Rodriguez a chance to talk about the concerns of the Portales Youth. The two met to discuss surveys sent out by Rodriguez and to find out what problems youth are having and what bothers them the most in eastern New […]

Udall: Timing wrong for water project

By Jack King U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said Domenici told ENMRWA members — who were in were […]

Water study lacking

By Jack King Studies of the financial capacities of members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to pay for the project remain incomplete, consultants said Wednesday, at the authority’s meeting in Clovis. The incomplete reports drew a sharp expression of impatience from at least one board member. Jason Bass, an economic consultant from […]

Gardner giving campaigning another try

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent In 2002, with two weeks to go before the primary, Keith Gardner’s campaigning for a seat in the House ended. His mother, who was living in Arizona, died. Gardner, who was running against Rep. Earlene Roberts, R-Lovington, left New Mexico — leaving behind his run for a seat in Santa […]

City granted development certification

Tony Parra After failing on its first application, the city of Portales gained economic development certification from the New Mexico Economic Development Department on Monday. The benefits of being a certified community include funding up to $5,000 per year for two years for special projects; state promotion of certified communities at economic development trade shows […]

Water officials raise cost of pipeline project by 20 percent

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at […]

Ute pipeline may cause water rates to double

Jack King TUCUMCARI — Monthly water rates in some area communities could double or triple once the Ute water pipeline is in place, a financial study says. The rates of all communities participating in the project would rise and beyond some communities’ capacities to pay without various types of support, Clovis Public Works Director Harry […]

Initiative may fit the bill for Portales

Kevin Wilson For the most part, local leaders feel Portales is on track to become a state-certified community for economic development. The New Mexico Economic Development Department has created the Certified Communities Initiative, a plan intended to help at least 10 cities in the state. “The state is launching a program to work with New […]