New skatepark to open July 15

PNT Staff The foundation has been laid — literally — for the new Portales skatepark at Portales Recreation Center. The opening is scheduled for July 15. Portales Skatepark Organization member Lorenzo Baca said the concrete has been poured and the slab already has ramps, a pyramid and a fun box for skateboarders and skaters. Portales […]

City water meeting focuses on improving emergency response

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said the purpose a Friday water meeting was to create a history of the events leading to the recent water outage and find out what can be done differently next time. Managers and directors for the city of Portales discussed every aspect of response from each department […]

Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Senate quickly approves nursing home bed tax repeal

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a measure that will repeal a politically unpopular tax on nursing home care. House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said the House would take up a similar proposal early next week, raising the possibility that the Legislature could reach a final agreement […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

First day a success

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with making adjustments. Due to Thursday’s rainshower, most of the first workout for about 140 squad members took place in the lower gyms at Greyhound Arena, although the weather cleared […]

Crane relies on diversified experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fifth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales schools’ superintendent position. Officials are expected to name a new superintendent on Monday: Bobby Crane is a science teacher at Muleshoe High School. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent […]

Nusser relies on leadership skills and 20 years of experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position. The superintendent will be announced at Monday’s school board meeting: Melvin Nusser is the Portales High School principal and has been principal for three and a half years. Q: What aspects […]

Briseno banking on accross-the-board experience in education

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the third of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: David Briseno is principal at La Casita Elementary in Clovis. He is also the federal programs director for the district, where he oversees more than $3 million in federal grants per […]