City painstakingly rebuilding Web site

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Take a complicated Web site, one with a vast amount of content from several different departments, then write down the gist of each page on a corresponding 4×4-inch post-it note — and then stick them all on a huge poster board almost the size of a single wall. That […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah BusemeyerCell: 505-470-2290 or Beverly Friedman, Public Education Dept.Cell: 795-0180 Health, Public Education Departments Advise No Reason to Close Schools for Health Reasons Local Schools Districts to Decide How, When to Reopen 16 Closed Schools (Santa Fe) – Based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department. Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser […]

Firefighters to keep funding

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members approved a resolution on Tuesday entering into a joint powers agreement for wildland fire suppression between the Portales Fire Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The agreement will allow for the fire department to continue to receive funding from the state for […]

Students show appreciation for fire, police departments

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Steven Cain, Chuck Haman and Chief John Bridges of the Portales Fire Department try some of the home-baked items presented to them Tuesday. The items were baked by Portales High School junior and senior girls for both the fire department and the police department. According to PHS Secretary Corrine Gonzales, the project was a way […]

Firefighter protection bill introduced

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A bill protecting wildland firefighters from criminal prosecution has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Rep. Keith Gardner R-Roswell. The second-term representative said the bill is in response to concerns raised this fall by volunteer firefighters in eastern New Mexico about standards contained in new joint powers […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

Fire chiefs concerned about ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on stand-by as part of the ban that was kept intact by county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of stand-by’s for a couple of […]