Portales, Dora school levy up for election

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Argen Duncan Portales and Dora school districts are each holding a Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election on Tuesday. Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “two-mill levy” in each district raises money for equipment, maintenance, remodeling and repairs. For both districts, approval of the mill levy won’t raise taxes, but will […]

U.S. 70 Project hearing set

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Consultants are suggesting two options for the reconstruction of U.S. 70 through Portales, and a public hearing on the project is set for June 30. The project, planned to begin next year, would rebuild two miles of U.S. 70 from about the southwest edge of town to Bryan Avenue, […]

Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

Senior Center hosting open house

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Senior Center is hosting an open house Nov. 14 to showcase improvements and drum up community involvement. Director of the Portales Senior Center, Dawn Kryder, said it’s the center’s first open house. “We’re opening the center up to the community,” Kryder said. “We’ve added a lot of […]

Airport to undergo renovations

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will undergo significant improvements over the spring and summer upon receiving federal and state grants worth more than $600,000 Portales city councilors agreed to accept the money at the Portales City Council regular meeting Tuesday night. The state grant, in the amount of $23,684 is […]

City seeks county help on improvements

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council is waiting to see if Roosevelt County will help pay for courthouse square improvements before awarding or rejecting the sole bid on the project. The construction bid from K. Barnett & Sons Inc. of $719,000 was almost $178,000 more than the city’s available funds. “The […]

ENMU’s science building officially re-opens

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the last several years, homecoming has been a time for Eastern New Mexico University to show off campus improvements, and last weekend’s homecoming weekend was no different. The university unveiled its newly remodeled science building Friday afternoon. University officials now believe ENMU is now in possession of the […]

City councilors vote to borrow money to make waterline fix

Sarah Meyer The city of Portales will pursue a $2 million loan for water line improvements. City councilors voted Tuesday to accept City Manager Debi Lee’s recommendation for the funding, which will be used to install at least four valves in a 24-inch water line that runs roughly along U.S. 70 on the west side […]

Music festival back at Oasis

PNT Staff Report The Oasis State Park staff is preparing for the third annual Old Tyme Music concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the playground area at Oasis State Park. The funds raised by the concert go directly to the Friends of Oasis and are used for improvements at the park. The […]

Council approves economic incentive

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City Council members approved the spending of $43,148 for capital improvements for

Officials propose capital outlay projects

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not unlike youngsters lining up for a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, local government officials took their turn Monday presenting wish lists to area legislators for capital outlay projects. “We’ve got a good idea of what county and municipality entities need now,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said following […]

Street woes plague residents

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City of Portales officials say repair and replacement of city streets has fallen behind for lack of funding over the years. A particularly bad winter has compounded the problem and has residents clamoring for relief, they say. Portales City Councilors directed city staff to further study two options for […]

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 […]

Passage of Bond A seems likely

Freedom Newspapers With 54 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday, 61 percent of New Mexico voters favored providing $16 million to benefit senior citizen centers across the state. Bond A would fund projects at dozens of senior centers, including some in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. Portales’ senior center had the most to gain, with […]

City Council reviews projects

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council got a rundown from staff at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s capital project needs that total roughly $6.2 million, with the lion’s share coming in street improvements. “We’re looking tonight to get a finalized listing of what you want us to get bids on,” City Manager […]

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, […]

Roundhouse approves $6.7 million for Roosevelt County

By William Thompson Out of a record $762 million in capital outlay approved for state projects, state legislators approved $6,743,000 in capital outlay for various projects in Portales and Roosevelt County as their 2006 budget session ended yesterday. Officials with Eastern New Mexico University, the City of Portales, Portales schools and Roosevelt County all said […]

House rejects, but quickly revives bill to increase state gasoline tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The House did a quick about-face on a proposal that would increase the state tax on gasoline by 2-cents-a-gallon to help finance improvements to roads used by school buses. The bill initially failed Tuesday on a tie vote, 31-31, but a short time later the House revived the measure […]

County, city leaders finalizing money requests for 2006

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Street, road repairs and building improvements top the wish lists for city and county representatives for the upcoming 2006 New Mexico legislative session Jan. 17. The Roosevelt County commissioners have settled on six capital outlay requests. Roosevelt County has seen rainy conditions this year which has required county road crews […]

Local entities escape governor’s veto power

By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson makes his trip to Portales on Thursday, but the governor has already given Roosevelt County, City of Portales, Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University good news with the stroke of a pen. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin and Commissioner Dennis Lopez said Richardson did not line-item veto […]