Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

Rental homes dwindling

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By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer Portales has very few vacancies among residential rental properties, which underlines the need for more housing to sustain population growth, the local economic development director says. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said he conducted a telephone survey Monday of 581 units, almost 25 percent of those […]

Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]

State economic development secretary hails Sunland Inc. during visit

PNT Staff The chief of New Mexico’s Economic Development Department hailed the expansion of Sunland Inc. peanuts as a model for other cities across the state. Fred Mondragon’s remarks came Thursday while in Portales for a tour of the peanut processing plant and Eastern New Mexico University. Mondragon is secretary of the state economic development […]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director […]

Residential developments make snake-bites common

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer As New Mexico’s population continues to grow, encounters with displaced wildlife are becoming common place in rural and suburban communities. For wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro at Eastern New Mexico University, running into snakes in the field is common. Gennaro said he gets phone calls about snakes […]

Mayor to join workforce board

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Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as a member of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board through Dec. 31, 2012. Ortega was sworn in by City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry at City Hall on Thursday. The board exists in state and federal statute to ensure workers across the state have […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Measure would promote green jobs

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 30 Green measures: A pair of bills in the Senate, (SB318) and (SB420), aim to promote green jobs in the state. Sen. Eric G. Griego, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the bills. One would require spending of a minimum of $1 million each year from the Development Training Fund for […]

Developer under fire over N.M. ads

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A California development company that has been advertising in New Mexico in recent weeks might be in violation of state lobbyist laws, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Secretary of State’s Office. SunCal, which is planning a project on Albuquerque’s West Mesa, has advertised on television and […]

City OKs radio station funding

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council voted to provide about $11,400 to Rooney Moon Broadcasting for expansion and digital conversion. At their meeting Tuesday night in City Hall, councilors unanimously approved a recommendation to that effect from Greg Fisher, director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. City Manager Debra Lee, […]

Nov. 1, 1977

Three parcels of land were designated for purchase by the Portales City Council under the Community Development grant program. Only one family was occupying a house in the grant area and plans were being made to help relocate the family.

Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico […]

Economic development update shared

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After a little more than nine months on the job as economic development director, Greg Fisher gave a progress report at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Really what this effort has been all about is a partner ship,” Fisher said. “We’ve been prospecting for new business but most importantly about […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings […]

Eastern Plains Council of Governments helps with planning

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is one of seven associations of counties that assist local governments in economic development and planning. MembersThe Eastern Plains Council of governments is made up of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and the local governments in those counties, the council helps with […]

Editorial: Polar bear listing threatens economic development

As we feared, the government has decided that polar bears are at risk because of melting arctic ice. Radical environmentalists are elated because they insist ice is melting from global warming. What’s certain to follow is a flurry of lawsuits to stop everything from oil exploration to building projects anywhere in the country because they […]

State Senate Dist. 27 candidate: Stuart Ingle

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Name: Stuart Ingle Age: 60 Occupation: Farmer and rancher Office: Senate District 27 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Current District 27 Senator and Senate Minority Leader. What type of economic development suits eastern New Mexico, and how could you as a legislator facilitate it?Economic development for eastern New Mexico should:A. Be able to train […]

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Wilson talks water, economic development in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., visited Clovis on Tuesday on her campaign trail for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici. Domenici will retire when his term ends this year. Wilson has served for nearly 10 years as District 1 representative. The district includes Albuquerque, Torrance County and […]