Dairies are a way of life, not just business

Sharon Lombardi: Guest columninst Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]

Administration is answerless for oil price questions

Freedom Newspapers Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality. And the reality is America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

U.S. needs to revisit nuclear-generated electricity possibilities

Freedom Newspapers S en. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three […]

Residents have varying concerns on expansion

By Tony Parra FORT SUMNER — There are no major environmental impacts revealed from the Environmental Impact Study of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base, according to Brenda Cook, the project manager for the initiative. Cook and other CAFB officials held a hearing with members of […]

Cannon releases report regarding air space

By Ryan Lengerich The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The proposed expansion would […]

Residents cite need for speed control

By Tony Parra Portales residents presented concerns during Tuesday’s city meeting over road conditions, speeding and public safety. Rick Matthews said he has seen tractor trailers traveling at a high rate of speed in residential areas. “These trucks are using residential areas as shortcuts,” Matthews said. “God-forbid if a kid is bouncing a ball on […]

Rain creates obstacles for some in Portales

By Tony Parra The rain has hit the eastern side of New Mexico and brought about healthy rain amounts to an area which has suffered the last few years due to lack of rain. The rain has made farmers, yardsmen and university groundskeepers happy, but it has given construction and street workers another obstacle. The […]

Committee searches for Ute project director

Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations at […]