McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne that didn’t need a pitcher of water poured in it […]

Portales Past: May 19, 1950

May 19, 1950: A truck loaded with 2,400 gallons of ice cream mix and condensed milk overturned in Poker Flat, just west of Portales. The driver was not hurt. Walter Jentgen, manager of Price’s Creamery, said he didn’t know how much of the load was lost, but milk was running into the ditch.

Expansion complete for local plant

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Pete Domenici will be guest speakers at Tuesday’s open house celebrating of Abengoa Corp.’s expansion project. The expansion will double the plant’s ethanol production from 15 to 30 million gallons a year, according to officials. Richardson and Domenici, R-N.M., who have expressed concerns over the […]

City officials take aim at water conservation

By Tony Parra Portales Public Works Director Tom Howell said a water conserving initiative will be in place beginning in February for Portales. Howell made his first announcement of the initiative at Tuesday’s city council meeting and elaborated on it on Wednesday. He said the plan is to begin publicizing water conservation methods and tips […]

Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]