Officials: Economic recovery may take two years

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Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. and New Mexico is moving at a slow rate and isn’t expected to pick up any speed in the new year, according to officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Three Federal Reserve officials visited Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday afternoon, each giving a presentation on […]

My turn: Lent time for self improvement

Experts say it takes 40 days to undo a bad habit. Now let’s see, today is Ash Wednesday and Lent lasts exactly 40 days. Many people pick an indulgence or habit that’s not good for them to give up during Lent. I’d say that’s enough time to kick the habit completely. Contrary to popular belief, […]

Program implements language improvement initiatives

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USAF: Andy Morataya Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks at the Department of Defense Language and Culture Summit on Jan. 26 in Alexandria, Va. Schwartz told the audience that the best way the U.S. armed forces will achieve the necessary level of language skills and cultural competencies is through a holistic joint […]

Year in review: 2010 was year of improvement projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales became a city of change in 2010 with various renovation projects to improve the city’s appearance and the flow of highway traffic. According to Mayor Sharon King and City Manager Tom Howell, Portales hopes to bring even more positive changes with the new year. One of the big projects in 2010 was […]

Scrapbooking tips featured

Sheryl Borden Information on scrapbooking, self-improvement and budget-friendly turkey meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Tyleen Caffrey, an independent scrapbooking consultant, talks about preserving memories in order to leave a legacy as she shows how to develop a one-of-a-kind “lifebook.” She’s from Clovis. Judi Moreo […]

Maple Street drainage project begins this week

PNT staff report Portales city workers are making drainage improvements on Maple Street from North Main Street to North Abilene Avenue. According to a city press release, this phase of the improvement begins this week and is scheduled for completion in 45 days. It’s being funded by a grant from the New Mexico Department of […]

Emissions program hearing set for Thursday

Kevin Wilson Clovis is one of five stops on the state Environmental Improvement Board’s schedule to discuss a greenhouse gas emissions program. The hearing is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center, and is scheduled to last six hours. “This is a formal public hearing on two proposals to address climate change in New […]

City officials name top priorities for 2010

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As priorities in 2010, the Portales city manager includes current and future improvement projects such as opening the Yam Movie Palace and working on street drainage. “First on the list is a new ambulance to provide emergency care for the community,” City Manager Tom Howell said. Howell said a […]

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]

City council to update improvement plan

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council will take public comments and also plans to vote on what to include in its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. It’s part of the council’s agenda for a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday — a day earlier in the week than normal. The plan designates which improvements in roads, […]

PHS News

AIP meetings planned Counselors will be holding Academic Improvement Plan meetings for students (and their parents) at risk for losing credit(s) this year. Parent meetings have been scheduled Tuesday through Dec. 9.

New Rec Center leaders focus on improvement

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The new management team of the Portales Recreation Center is focusing on fun and improvement. Michael Doerr, athletic director for the center, and Andrea “Andy” Copenhaver, after school program director, want to see the center used by the community all day long, not just for children’s activities after school. […]

Commission declines to apply for project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners declined to apply for a state highway improvement project. The commissioners motioned and voted against applying for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for N.M. 88. To fix N.M. 88 properly, the entire road would have to be torn apart and widened, […]

ENMU regents consider further infrastructure improvement

Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Reporter Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents voted Friday to seek general obligation bonds to complete $11 million in infrastructure repairs. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for business affairs, described the repairs as “very urgent projects” as he reported the university’s five-year capital projects list. “Each of these infrastructure needs […]

Richardson signs $341 million capital outlay

Freedom New Mexico staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill this morning allocating $341 million for capital improvements statewide, including more than $7.3 million in funding to the region. He also vetoed $580,000 in regional project requests, including a $350,000 request for a Clovis communications/administration building. The vetoes account for around 8 […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

Things looking up for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner LAS CRUCES — Eastern New Mexico University’s final two games against non-Lone Star Conference teams produced probably the Greyhounds’ best outings of the season. Coming off a 38-point win over St. Mary’s on Dec. 19, ENMU hung with New Mexico State most of the way Thursday night before losing to the Aggies […]