City set to participate in Ute Project meeting

PNT Staff City officials promoted an upcoming Ute Water meeting in Portales at the conclusion of a short council meeting Tuesday night. Councilor Gary Watkins brought a 45-minute minute meeting to a close by encouraging citizens to attend the public meeting, set to being at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Scott Verhines, the […]

City council moving closer to ordinance

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council inched closer Tuesday to passing an ordinance that would place restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines believed to be used in methamphetamine production. The council unanimously approved a motion to put the ordinance to vote. First the council must conduct a public […]

County meeting watch

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Highlights from Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting: • Commissioner Tom Clark requested any changes to the county personnel policy be brought before the commission for approval. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin sent out an e-mail asking if anyone working for the county would volunteer to be on a committee a […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Texico weighing water options

Freedom Newspapers Texico city officials said Tuesday they are taking a closer look at its involvement in the Ute Water pipeline project in light of Tucumcari’s recent departure from the project. Officials said no decision has been made by the city council on their future participation in the project, which would pump water from Ute […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

Former city commissioner joins state rodeo council

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Gloria Wicker of Clovis was recently appointed to the New Mexico Rodeo Council, according to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. A former city commissioner, Wicker currently serves on the board for the High Plains Rodeo Association. She said she applied for the position in April because she wanted to get involved […]

April 24 Portales Junior HIgh News

Track results April 14 found the boys’ track teams earning points in Melrose. Coach Jeremy Berry states that all the boys ran hard and competed well. The eighth-grade team placed fifth out of 14 teams with most of the runners improving on times and distances from the previous week. Highlights for the eighth grade came […]

Nov. 14 Elida School News

No business like show business The Elida High School drama department will be presenting its first dinner show on Thursday. Members of the Student Council will be hosting a buffet-style spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the performance of a theatrical comedy entitled “Wanted: One Groom.” Admission for attending the dinner […]

City council celebrates new channel

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors on Tuesday celebrated a new channel on Comcast cable television that will televise community events. Comcast viewers can flip to channel 19 and view Roosevelt County events, including the city council and school board meetings. Ortega also said organization members interested in posting events can contact […]

County people hope to fight illiteracy

By Tony Parra The Portales councilors proclaimed Thursday as ‘Literacy Day’ for Portales and it brought awareness to one of the issues facing Roosevelt County residents. Currently, 25 percent of people in Roosevelt County are illiterate, according to statistics from the Roosevelt Literacy Council. Roosevelt County has 21 percent of the adults reading at Level […]

City councils show approval for Ute Water project

By Tony Parra City councilors discussed the importance of the Ute Water Project at the city meeting on Tuesday while Mayor Orlando Ortega was in Washington D.C. giving testimony in favor of the Ute Water Project on Wednesday. City Manager Debi Lee and the councilors discussed an agreement with the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

City lawyers looking at language of grant

By Tony Parra The Portales Health Council was able to receive a $30,000 grant to be able to implement a program to help with health issues in Portales. But there’s a catch. City attorneys are looking into the logistics of the agreement for the award to avoid being hit by possible penalties and sanctions in […]

July 7 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays: Toni Whitecotton. Anniversaries: Clifton and Betty Gossett (50 years), Upcoming events • Lion‘s Club will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Community Building. • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the school. • City Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. From the village […]

June 30 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • There will be a Fire Meeting Thursday at 7pm in the fire house. • 4-H will meet Monday night at 7 p.m. Members will be doing a trash walk around the highway through Floyd. There will be pizza afterward. From the Village Office • The Village of Floyd received […]

DWI program gets renewed

By Michelle Seeber The Portales City Council on Tuesday approved a request for renewal of contracts for the DWI Program. Before the contract renewals were approved, DWI Coordinator Marsha Brown told the council the program has several components. Among them is Teen Court, whereby teenagers charged with misdemeanors are tried by their peers and sentenced […]

Council members discuss city water use

Michellle Seeber The average Portales resident uses 180 gallons of water each day without industrial use, a consultant hired by the city said Tuesday. Charles Wilson, who conducted studies of water usage in Portales and where additional water supplies might be found, made the statement Tuesday during a presentation to the Portales City Council on […]

Grant intended for street repairs denied

Tony Parra New Mexico Community Development Council members rejected a block grant of $496,000 on Wednesday to help Portales projects in various street repairs around the city. The $496,000 would have gone to street repairs and other city projects. Community Development Director Darla Wilhoit, City Manager Debi Lee and Mayor Orlando Ortega were in Albuquerque […]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to […]

Miller wins council seat

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Mike Linn City Councilman Mike Miller just added another four years to a resume already lush with experience in city and county government. The incumbent scored roughly 75 percent of the vote for the Ward D city council position, defeating Eddie Hiner in the city’s only contested race on Tuesday night. Miller scored 165 votes […]