Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

City breaks down water crisis at council meeting

By Tony Parra The talk on Tuesday evening during the Portales City Council meeting was remaining concerns of the lack of water valves and a way of allowing water to flow without having to shut water down to the entire city of Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors talked about what concerns arose […]

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 […]

Portales streets receiving facelift

By Tony Parra Portales residents will have to adjust to the sounds of construction on their streets within 60 days in street projects costing more than $190,000. Tom Howell, public works director, said he hopes street repairs, curb and gutter construction will begin in approximately 45 days, but noted that it could take up to […]

Portales officials gain feedback on pothole program

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Portales city officials have reported fair results so far from a different type of adoption program — one where the items adopted are wanted by nobody. The city’s adopt-a-pothole program has been underway since March, and City Manager Debi Lee has been pleased with the participation from Portales citizens […]

Portales has wettest year since 1941

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent Portales’ rainfall stayed constant throughout the year and when farmers and city residents turned the calendar to 2005, they said goodbye to the area’s wettest year since 1941. According to meteorologist James Kratzer of Cannon Air Force Base, Portales as a city has seen 26.83 inches of precipitation up thru […]

Former ENMU student publishes book

By Laurie Stone Former Eastern New Mexico University student Gloria Hightower put her sleepless nights to use, and now has a book to show for it. Hightower, who attended ENMU from 1955-56 has a murder mystery out called The Cotton Rope Strangler. She chose to self-publish her book with the encouragement of her writing group […]

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 […]

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 […]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to […]

La Casa director recognized

By Mike Linn Before any money talk at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, Mayor Orlando Ortega presented two certificates of appreciation in recognition of Seferino Montano and his non-profit business, the La Casa Health Centers. Montano, executive director of the health center, has been serving the city of Portales in the current capacity for 27 […]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those […]

Officials work on long-term water plan

By Mike Linn Portales city officials are hoping to secure the city’s water future with a three-pronged approach, emphasizing conservation, funding for a regional pipeline and the ongoing search for areas to drill into the Ogallala Aquifer. The city’s 40-year water plan, prepared by consultant Charles Wilson of Santa Fe, estimates the city will be […]