Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family [...]

Housing developer targets Portales

Mike Linn On the day Portales received approval from the state as a community prepared for economic development, city officials confirmed that recognition by selling land to an Albuquerque developer who plans on constructing a housing complex near the southwest corner of town. During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Portales City Council sold over [...]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could [...]

Council approves Head Start center

Kevin Wilson The Portales City Council approved three items from the Planning Commission, including a request for a Head Start Child Development Center during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The program has been allocated money to start a child development center to benefit low-income families, primarily teenage mothers. Mary Rose Jimenez of Head Start said that the [...]

Back to the Land of Enchantment

Helena Rodriguez It’s great being back in the Land of Enchantment. Mi tierra encantada. Mi linda Nuevo Mejico. While some people may refer to our fair state as the Land of Entrapment, it’s been home to me most of my life. And after 2 1/2 years in the Lone Star State, it’s nice to be [...]

Wind sparks grass fire

By Mike Linn A squall of wind knocked the roof off a barn and into an electric power line near Floyd on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fierce fire in a wheat field that quickly spread over 250 acres of land. Nobody was injured in the fire, and monetary damages to crop land was slim if [...]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said [...]

Resource rules should affect all

We applaud New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy imports. [...]