Hope for Cannon’s mission to top headlines in 2006

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

City ready to target redevelopment

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer During the coming weeks, city and organization leaders will target vacant buildings in Portales as possible locations for new businesses. A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss economic development and what path the city should take to try to encourage those in the community and outside of the community to […]

New Orleans serves as clean slate for creating perfect city

Freedom Newspapers The flood waters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Commission to look at data, hard facts

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out by […]

Call centers praised and criticized

By Staff and wire reports More than two dozen call centers operate in New Mexico from Taos to Las Cruces, and have drawn both praise for creating jobs and criticism for low wages and high turnover. Twenty-seven centers with a combined payroll of $625 million operate in the state, according to a survey 15 months […]

Increasing aid could send wrong message to corrupt officials

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

Economist wants community assistance for impact study

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Erin Ward, New Mexico State University economist, wants to pinpoint the economic effect the closure of Cannon Air Force Base will have on Portales and she needs help from Portales business owners. Ward is putting together an economic impact study on the effect to Portales to be presented to […]

Committee asks for economic analysis

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Military value will be the main detail the Base Realignment and Closure committee will be looking at, but Portales residents are making sure to cover all of the angles by stressing the economic impact to Portales. The Keep Cannon Portales committee, which works with CAFB supporters from Clovis, met […]

Commission joins mutual aid agreement

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners are in, making it all four government entities in Curry and Roosevelt County which are donating money for the lobbying efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Commissioners approved to donate $50,000 fro the county’s general fund into the funding for the cost of the […]

U.S. needs to defuse conflicts instead of exacerbating them

Freedom Newspapers C hina and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World […]

Homans makes stop in southeastern New Mexico

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By David Irvin Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area offficials met with the state’s top economic development official. Homans was on hand at a presentation for the Yam Theater in Portales, less than an hour after speaking with Clovis and Curry County officials about how eastern New Mexico can […]

MainStreet program gets big boost

By Tony Parra The governor’s signature is the only thing halting some $85,000 in upgrades for the Portales downtown area. The funding was approved through the Legislature for the Portales MainStreet Program. Originally the request was for $125,000. The main street program consists of three levels: city, state and national. Danny Woodward, president of the […]

City granted development certification

Tony Parra After failing on its first application, the city of Portales gained economic development certification from the New Mexico Economic Development Department on Monday. The benefits of being a certified community include funding up to $5,000 per year for two years for special projects; state promotion of certified communities at economic development trade shows […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Community talks golf, truck stop

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Tony Parra The development of a truck stop and golf course are two of the objectives local residents at the economic development forum follow-up on Thursday determined to be important goals for the community. The truck stop idea was brought up during the first economic forum on Oct. 2 because U.S. Highway 70 is now […]

Economic forum to expand on ideas to improce community

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The economic development forum’s follow-up session is slated for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. The forum will take place in the Zia room of the Campus Union Building. The first economic development forum took place on Oct. 2. in […]

Book borrowers beware

Mike Linn Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason won’t be knocking down doors looking for local library looters any time soon. But Portales citizens may end up in court charged with petty misdemeanors if they continually ignore requests to return books. The Portales City Council on Tuesday adopted a notice of intent to amend an ordinance […]

City officials eager for certification

Tony Parra With an eye toward economic growth, Portales city officials say their first step is to gain certification from the New Mexico State Department of Economic Development. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council member Jake Lopez are concerned over Portales’ failure to become certified by the NMSDED in late July. “I believe that you […]