City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Argen Duncan Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning […]

City removes water alert

Freedom New Mexico The city of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Portales past: Aug. 9, 1945

Aug. 9, 1945: A franchise to operate a city bus line in Portales had been granted to Lt. W.G. Howell and his sister, Mary Loch. Plans were under way to start operation as soon as permits were granted.

Census participation up

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Public hearing set for road closure

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A public hearing is set for April 19 at Portales City Hall to consider a request from J.D. Heiskell and Company to close off East Commercial Street to traffic. City Manager Tom Howell said although the city is not required to have a public hearing, the hearing is for […]

Council will consider Sunland reimbursement request

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A fairly light agenda for the Portales City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall includes two items of business involving possible money for Sunland Inc. City Manager Tom Howell said the business north of Portales is hoping to be partially reimbursed for building a sewer line […]

City council approves two-way Main Street

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In another step to bring Main Street from a one-way road to one capable of two-way traffic, the Portales City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday during their meeting at City Hall. Tom Howell, interim city manager, said the New Mexico Department of Transportation office in Roswell requested the […]

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]

Interim city manager named

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council appointed Public Works Director Tom Howell as interim city manager in a regular meeting of the council. At City Hall on Tuesday night, after a closed meeting to discuss replacing outgoing manager Debi Lee, the six council members present unanimously approved Howell to take Lee’s […]