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 […]

1-6-08 Letters to the Editor

Acceptance, care would help city grow As a new year begins, many of us begin to think of new possibilities. I have been pondering a “What if…” that I would like to share. What If Portales took a daring stance and declared itself a sanctuary city for immigrants? And what if those immigrants were invited […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

Fisher focuses on what area has to offer

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Economic Development Recruiter Greg Fisher brings several years of experience in city and transportation planning, economic development and business and industry to his position. Since taking over the new position Oct. 22, Fisher has been busy establishing and putting together a strategic planning process in an effort […]

Goodwill coming to Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico A nonprofit organization that uses proceeds from its retail operations to fund workforce development training programs plans to open a branch in Clovis. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will open a facility Dec. 6 at 2005 N. Prince St. (the old Hancock Fabric location), according to Shauna O’Cleireachain, marketing […]

Biogas company eyes Clovis/Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers An alternative energy company is slated to build biogas facilities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. New Jersey-based White Hat Energy will build a $36 million biogas facility in Curry County to extract methane gas from cow manure, according to a release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Clovis facility […]

Development being built near Wal-Mart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new retail development that could accommodate up to 10 retail and service businesses is under construction near the Wal-Mart store in Portales. The developer is hoping to have tenants in the building by early 2008. Tom McSpadden, a marketing representative with CMS Properties of Lubbock, said Wednesday the […]

Economic recruiters being interviewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Members of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board say the pieces of a economic development plan are falling in place quickly now and the re-launch of the organization could be complete in a few weeks. The biggest piece of the puzzle is an economic development recruiter, who they […]

Officials: Cannon transition going smoothly

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the 16th Special Operations Wing to Cannon — which is expected toward the end of summer — […]

USDA official discusses agency

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason spoke […]

N.M. Labor Secretary visits region

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Labor Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is in Clovis today as part of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico to lay groundwork for a more integrated approach in meeting the state’s employment needs. Doris met Tuesday in Portales with members of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She […]

Portales hires recruiter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales City Council selected the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. to provide economic development services for the city. Four providers were evaluated by a committee appointed by the council. The focus of the memorandum of agreement with RCCDC will be to provide the mechanism to hire an economic […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

Local Roundup: Holiday blood drive scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers Exhausted shoppers can take a load off while donating blood at the first Guns N Hoses Blood Drive on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portales Fire Department, 301 Ave. C, in the donor bus. Everyone who donates blood will get a chance to win a $50 door prize […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]