Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost [...]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, [...]

Meetings watch: Redistricting public hearing

The Portales City Council held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to receive the options for redistricting. Sterling Fluharty, consultant with Southwest Political Services, gave the presentation on the options. Fluharty said to provide for population equality in districts, so they can be as similar to each other as practical, the total population of [...]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell With school starting for the Clovis and Portales districts this month, local school officials are saying students can fill their backpacks and file in because the two districts are ready for them. From re-paved parking lots and new computers for some schools to complete makeovers for others, a lot of changes are awaiting [...]

Portales schools seeking international accreditation

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Alisa Boswell The Portales Municipal School district is working toward international accreditation through AdvancED New Mexico of Albuquerque, an organization which is accredits school districts in 66 countries, including public, private, charter schools. According to AdvancED New Mexico Director Priscilla Fernandez, the Portales district has already completed the application process, which includes a self-evaluation by [...]

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at [...]

School board election profiles

School board elections for Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd schools systems are scheduled to be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In Portales, voters can only cast ballots for candidates in their district. However, in the three small school districts, board members are elected at large. The Portales News-Tribune asked candidates in all four [...]

Portales, Dora school levy up for election

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Argen Duncan Portales and Dora school districts are each holding a Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election on Tuesday. Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “two-mill levy” in each district raises money for equipment, maintenance, remodeling and repairs. For both districts, approval of the mill levy won’t raise taxes, but will [...]

Schools going solar

Clarence Plank Elida and Portales school districts will be getting $300,000 each in federal stimulus dollars for solar power projects, according to the state Public Education Department. Department spokeswoman Beverly Friedman said each of 15 New Mexico school districts would receive that amount for a total of $4.5 million for school solar electricity projects in [...]

County preps for primary elections

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Freedom New Mexico Early voting for candidates running in the Roosevelt County June 1 primary election begins May 4 and continues through May 29 at the county courthouse. Additionally and starting May 15, early votes can be cast at the Portales Public Library. There are 16 candidates running for positions including sheriff, county assessor, magistrate [...]