Officials OK program for PHS

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales Municipal Schools Board members gave the OK to a new program at Portales High School aimed at increasing student participation and feedback on campus issues. Portales senior Katana Ellis explained the program, Raising Student Voice and Participation, to the board on behalf of student council. She said at […]

ENMU receives nursing grant

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University in Portales $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year for expansion of its nursing program. Leslie Paternoster, new director of ENMU’s nursing program, says the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage. “We are preparing associate degree nurses for […]

August 15, 1976

• Members of the Goober Gulch Gabbers CB’ers Club held a get-together at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Booths, bingo, and a mock jail were set-up to entertain the attendees to the gathering. • Roosevelt County received $187,401 in Federal funds to help pay for the education needs of educationally deprived children. The grant for Roosevelt County was […]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort […]

June 21, 1974

• Wilbur Smartnick, former director of audits for the New Mexico State Auditors Office, was named internal auditor for Eastern New Mexico University • Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Police Department were awarded a combined total of $38,000 in grant money from a $1.2 million federal grant. ENMU received $30,000 of the money […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Portales City Councilors: • Issued a proclamation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. • Approved a resolution closing out a Community Development Block Grant project for Geographic Information Service technology. • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement for projects funded in the 2007 Legislature. […]

Portales receives grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales and town of Elida got good news about infrastructure improvements Tuesday as the New Mexico Community Development Council announced its grant awards for 2007. Portales received $455,837 for street improvements in the area from First to Canadian streets and from Boston to Chicago avenues. With […]

USDA official discusses agency

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason spoke […]

ENMU receives grant

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has finally received funding on a grant that will provide $613,800 in new science equipment. According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office, the funding, which he secured last year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to buy molecular and […]

New Mexico 467 overpass on track

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The state is on target to complete the N.M. 467 railroad overpass in Clovis on time, according to a state official. The $3.6 million project, which began in June, involves the installation of a three-span bridge, sidewalks, curb, gutters and pavement markings. Overpass project superintendent Mike Barnes said the extensive […]

County commission meets

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the town of Elida Tuesday that will facilitate application for a state Community Block Development Grant that would provide the town with water system improvements. The county approved the agreement on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Tom Clark voting against the measure. Clark, […]

Elida taking ownership of water

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners gave approval to a Community Development Block Grant application last week that could complete a water improvement project in Elida if approved. The project will allow Elida to own its own well field and provide infrastructure that will improve the quality of the water, say town […]

City starts grant application process

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is in the preliminary stages of applying for a Community Development Block Grants to improve streets in the north side of town. The grant, if awarded, will provide funding to replace existing curbs and gutters and install new curbs and gutters where they are needed, […]

ENMU receives broadcast grant

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded a $629,898 grant from the USDA to bring digital broadcasting to the rural areas of eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The grant will be used to construct digital and high definition television transmitters in Artesia, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso […]

Seventh-graders granted laptops

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Portales Junior High School will issue all its seventh-graders a brand-new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer soon in order to enhance their education and learning skills. This is the first year for the program in Portales. After originally applying for the Laptop Initiative state grant last year to fund the laptops, the […]

Streets hot topic at CDBG hearing

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Re-paving city streets was a hot topic at the Community Development Block Grant meeting Monday. Members of the public came together with city officials at the Memorial Building to suggest their ideas for state legislature program aimed at projects affecting low- and moderate-income families. Every year the city competes […]

ENMU lands large TRIO program grant

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will benefit from $1 million in federally funded grant money awarded to several post-secondary education institutions in the state which will be funded over a five-year period, a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office said. Domenici announced Wednesday the Department of Education (DoEd) awarded […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]

Grant program targets downtown

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ downtown district is getting a facelift, one building at a time, thanks to a new grant program targeting small downtown businesses. The Portales MainStreet Organization members with the help of Portales city officials have awarded three grants totaling $5,000 for facade improvements to downtown businesses. Debi Lee, city manager, […]

City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the […]