Wild animals must be managed

Editorial Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd gradually […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Ute Water Project price skyrockets over last three months

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like a summer traveler cringing at $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is feeling pain at the pump. Fueled by higher energy and construction costs as a fallout from Hurricane Katrina and numerous other factors, the Ute Water Project’s price tag has shot […]

Bonem House set to open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The just-completed […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

New dorms could be ready by fall of 2007

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors on Tuesday approved plans for new residence halls at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials are working with developers from Collegiate Development Services of Irving, Texas on an $11.9 million project. The residence halls would be located behind Eddy Hall and extend to South Avenue I. There would be […]

Parker says water and civic pride city’s top issues

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Incumbent Dianne Parker is running for re-election in Ward D and will be facing Eddy Hiner and Jim Lee. 1. In your view, […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Pay for schools now, or jails later

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just exactly what is the trade-off between crime and education? How do the two interconnect? What happens if we spend more on one and less on the other? In our combined Saturday issue, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico reporter Marlena Hartz did a good job in asking the question […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Local funeral home adds crematorium

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis is expanding its business with the construction of a new crematorium, which will be called High Plains Crematorium. According to longtime employee Kevin Duncan, the crematorium will be the first of its kind in the area. Owner Russell Muffley, who has been in the funeral business […]

City council approves pay raises

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales city councilors approved pay increases for city personnel during Tuesday’s city meeting, which for some city employees will be reflected in their next paycheck. City councilors approved the increase of the salary of the municipal judge from $15,500 a year to $20,000 a year effective on March […]

Prepaid funerals have advantages, disadvantages

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid funerals earmark funds for funeral expenses, and, unlike cash, aren’t counted as an asset, a major benefit to seniors who want to […]

Board requests skate park budget

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Board members want some fine-tuning and a final proposal presented to them by the Portales Skate Park Organization members before approving a new skate park. Recreation board officials listened to a presentation from skate park club members on Thursday during a meeting. Recreation board members have already given […]

Officials determine costs for new skate park

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Skate Park Organization members have already determined a location and on Tuesday evening they determined a cost of $50,000 and a design for a new skate park. In the middle of August, the Portales Recreation Board members approved the location of the new skate park to be a […]

Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 […]

ENMU regents dealing with housing issues

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Wednesday gave a Texas firm the go-ahead on plans for a privatized housing project east of Eddy Hall. The proposal calls for 96 units with 270 beds in four apartment complexes located behind Eddy Hall and extending east to South Avenue […]

How New Mexico fared

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base: Commissioners turned down the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Cannon, voting instead to dissolve its fighter wing and send its F-16s elsewhere while leaving the base open as an enclave. The action would leave an unspecified reduced force at the base while the Pentagon searches for a new use […]