Equipment theft leaves Zias shorthanded

Freedom Newspapers Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the season. Then when […]

Senator tours building

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Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) was in Portales on Tuesday for a tour of Eastern New Mexico University’s new communications building. Domenici, who was at the original building dedication 31 years ago reflected back on his start in politics. “I was interviewed by many of the young people who used […]

Funding bill comes out of committee

Freedom Newspapers A spending measure that passed the committee level Thursday contains funding for Eastern New Mexico University and an economic development project in Portales. Tthe Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday passed the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) Appropriations Bill. The measure, which provides $620,000 for science and technology […]

Funds pending for local entities

By Marc Schoder Both Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales MainStreet program could stand to benefit from potential funding from Congress. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) announced Tuesday that a key Senate subcommittee has provided funding to purchase science equipment for Eastern New Mexico University and Economic Development Initiative (EDI) funds for the City […]

Bill to bring revenue to Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A bill waiting for Gov. Richardson’s signature will bring additional revenue to Portales in the form of a compensating tax on purchases from out-of-state businesses. Members of the New Mexico Municipal League outlined the bill during an informational meeting Monday at the Memorial Building. Under the proposal a tax […]

ENMU students lobby to legislators

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students are on a crusade to convince legislators to spend $130,000 on a pair of projects at the school. Part of the lobbying effort is being done through ENMU students, who are in Santa Fe lobbying for two separate bills requesting money from capital outlay. They are lobbying […]

Dora fire department receives grant

By Tony Parra The Dora Fire Department has received a $25,200 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and will use the money for rescue equipment for the department. Village of Dora clerk Becky Fraze said the money will be used to purchase rescue equipment such as the jaws of life and other cutting equipment. […]

Lights, camera, education for Faith Triumphant students

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By Laurie Stone The Faith Triumphant Christian School is adding more action to its arts program this year —action preceded by the words “lights” and “camera.” Besides its drama and music classes, a film class is in the works for the school’s Friday arts schedule. The film class will enable students to enlarge their academic […]

Council bringing new equipment for courts, other departments

By Tony Parra City councilors approved the ratification of agreements for the installation of equipment for video arraignment at the Municipal court on Tuesday at the city council meeting. The first agreement is with Qwest providing video arraignment equipment. The city of Portales and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed that the cost will […]

City enters agreement with Elida

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the Portales city councilors approved a joint powers agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting between the city of Portales and the town of Elida to provide dispatch services to Elida. The agreement is for two years and the Elida officials will pay the city of Portales, $5,000 a […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Tips to get back into the (golf) swing

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By Kevin Wilson With the recent change in weather, it’s no surprise that people are enjoying some of their free time with a set of clubs and a few golf balls at a local country club. By investing a few extra minutes properly, area course professionals say it’s a much easier transition to get back […]

Skaters trade in their boards for brushes

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Tony Parra A good number of adults and teens say teens don’t have anything to do in Portales. Some fear some of the activities they do pursue — skateboarding, roller-blading and bicycling — may be stripped from them because of the deterioration of the equipment at Rotary Park. “We’ve had some ramps and equipment removed […]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at […]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured […]

Preparing for practice

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By Kevin Wilson For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. Not including […]