City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

EPCOG reacquires major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered lay-offs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

State education department warns of fake letters

A New Mexico Public Education Department spokesman said a form letter sent under a New Mexico Family and Parent Involvement Advisory Council letterhead to school superintendents and media outlets, including Freedom New Mexico, was fabricated. “The letter is a fake,” said Beverly Friedman, NMPED Public Information Officer. “Someone is using the letter head without our […]

Meetings watch: New recreation center director introduced at council meeting

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Argen Duncan During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • met new Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe. Kibbe has a master’s degree in health and physical education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from Eastern New Mexico University. Having started work Monday, she said she plans to […]

EPCOG to lay off five employees after losing contract bid

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG’s bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Council appoints Keith Thomas to Ward D seat

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Argen Duncan Keith Thomas, co-owner of Portales Home Medical Equipment, is stepping into the Ward D Portales City Council position Michael Miller vacated. The council voted to appoint Thomas at their meeting Tuesday in City Hall. Twelve people applied to finish the last two years of Miller’s term after he resigned because he moved to […]

City rec director gives notice

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • learned that Recreation Center Director Andi Copenhaver has given two-week’s notice of resignation and center staff member Sharianita Robinson would take over as interim director. Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Thornton said Copenhaver was taking a job in her hometown until her husband […]

EPCOG to hold special meeting

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is holding a special meeting Tuesday in Clovis to consider updated policies. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 418 Main Street.

Sept. 7 PJHS news

Student Council Student Council officers were elected last week. The following posts were elected: Presidents – Ashlynn Idsinga and Kobi Shillings Vice Presidents – McKenzie Bucksath and Randy Lovato Secretaries – Serina Johnson and Zak Bouldin Treasurers – Alex Victor and Travis Connell

PJHS news — Aug. 31

Student council Council candidates presented their speeches to the student body on Friday, with elections held immediately following. Students vying for officer positions were McKenzie Bucksath, Ashlynn Idsinga, Serina Johnson, Alex Victor, Zak Bouldin, Travis Connell, Randy Lovato and Kobi Shillings. Election results will appear in next week’s school news. Volleyball Our seventh- and eighth-grade […]

Council leaves tractor-trailer ordinance unchanged

Jared Tucker At the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, the Portales City Council: • Voted to leave unchanged the ordinance dealing with tractor-trailers parked in residential areas. Councilor Dianne Parker voted against leaving it unchanged, Councilors Mike Miller and Ronald Jackson were absent and the other councilors voted for the motion. Portales Police Chief […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

Meetings watch: Council OKs agreement for Prairie Walk Subdivision

During Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting councilors: • Approved a resolution to continue membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Government through 2011 at a cost of $2,577 a year. Councilor Gary Watkins was asked to retain his role as a member and Councilor Oscar Robinson was named as an alternate. • Approved a liquor […]

Local tobacco, health council programs cut by state

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is losing its health council and tobacco prevention programs this summer, and a leader in those organizations believes politics, a smaller minority population and a low overall population are the reasons. Theresa “Terry” Teti, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program coordinator and Roosevelt County Health Council member, […]

Melrose village council fills vacancy

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an executive committee meeting was an oversight that won’t happen again. “I’m going to say that it’s my fault on this,” Arguello said. “We had a little faux pas there […]

Grain company requesting road closures

The Portales City Council met Tuesday at Portales City Hall. The council: • Tabled a request for street closure by J.D. Heiskell and Company until a public information forum can be held. The grain company has requested the closures of streets and sections located around the company. Those are Commercial Street from East Main Street […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

Elida approves gross receipts tax

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida residents approved a gross receipts tax 39-11 Tuesday with about half of registered voters casting ballots in municipal elections. Some 56 of 113 registered voters turned out to vote for mayor, village council and municipal judge. Only the village council and municipal judge seats were contested. “The people […]