Senate committee OKs Cannon funding

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that includes authorizing about $26.4 million for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The bill, which approves about $119 billion to fund military construction projects, will be introduced to the full senate for consideration, […]

Music Building to get makeover

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Thomas Garcia The Fine Arts Programs at Eastern New Mexico University will be getting a new home with renovations and additions to the Music Building. Floorplans for the new renovations still need to be approved and bid on, but construction should begin in September, said Michael Sitton, dean of the College of Fine Arts. The […]

Reconstruction of Dora Highway set

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Construction on N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora is scheduled to begin in August. The construction will last three months and have a cost of $5 million, said New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson Manon Arnett. The funding for the project is $4 million. Arnett said the overbid will […]

Construction projects upgrade CAFB

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USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Butler Construction Co. finishes covering one of the hangars in the first section of the flightline. This hangar is one of three under construction for the 27th Special Operations Wing. By Kevin Wilson, Cannon Connections While members arrive for Air Force Special Operations Command, construction crews are working […]

Senate passes bill that would fund Cannon child care center

Freedom New Mexico A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to […]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal […]

More than $2 million in capital outlay OK’d

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers If at first your bill gets vetoed, resubmit. And then, it just may get signed. This was the case with Eastern New Mexico University which was allocated more than half a million dollars from the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday for the Portales campus alone. ENMU President Steven Gamble was […]

County enacts local fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

Commissioners use new ordinance to enact fire ban

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

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Jan. 27, 1963 • The ENMU Golden Library construction OK’d at the cost of $575,000. • ENMU Greyhounds lost their first game in six starts in New Mexico.

Construction will make room for more personnel

Cannon Air Force Base The Military Personnel Flight (MPF) office areas in Bldg. 600 will undergo construction during the next couple months to accommodate more personnel who will assist in centralizing all personnel issues for the base. Hours of operation for the MPF remain the same as the construction will consist of two phases. The […]

Air Force representatives talk transition

Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Lt. Amy Cooper and 73rd Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Tom Markland answered some questions last week about how Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is going. Q: How many MC-130Ws are currently at Cannon? A: There are four MC-130Ws […]

Gross receipts still solid

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Portales’ economy seems to be defying national trends along with localized concerns of a slow-down as gross receipts tax collection grew in 2007. With better than 73 percent of the city of Portales’ budget tied to GRT, the monthly collection reports are of special interest to city officials looking […]

Airman's center slated for 2009

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Change is afoot here as plans for a new dining facility (DFAC)/Airman’s Center have been drawn up with groundbreaking for the 18-month project planned for early next year. The new DFAC/Airman’s center is slated to be completed in the summer of 2009. The new facility […]

Road to Dora will be repaved

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twelve miles of N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora will be repaved from a failed paving preservation project completed earlier this year. New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday the project would get under way early next summer. The project will affect the section nearest Portales from mile […]

Local Briefs: Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect in burglaries committed in Curry, Roosevelt Parmer and Bailey Counties Wednesday in Portales, according to a RCSO news release. Curry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sandy Loomis observed a vehicle matching the description of one Curry County deputies had pursued on Sunday and began pursuit. […]

Creative Living: Meals made easy

By Sheryl Borden Information on using convenience foods for seasoning and carving stamps for card making and scrapbooking will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Food consultant, Kathy Moore, Williams Foods, Inc., will share some easy dinner ideas that are inspired by popular Asian […]

Cannon construction hinges on passage of bill

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds to […]

Street work begins

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As part of a Community Development Block Grant, street work began in northeast Portales on Thursday. According to Portales city councilor Jake Lopez, who also sits on the CDBG board, the area is in much need of repair. Patch jobs done by the city were not able to hold […]

AFSOC officials answer questions

By AFSOC Public Affairs Q. What units will move, and when? A. The first unit to move to Cannon Air Force Base will be the 73rd Special Operations Squadron, a unit of newly acquired MC-130W Combat Spears currently located at Hurlburt Field. The four MC-130W currently assigned to the 73rd SOS will move to Cannon […]