Joint Land Use Committee seeks public’s input

Freedom New Mexico The first public meeting Thursday in the Joint Land Use Study process for Cannon Air Force Base and Curry and Roosevelt counties provided a timeline for the study and encouraged public participation. Project Manager Catherine Roupe of Colorado company HDR Inc., which is working on the study under contract with Curry County, […]

Public input sought on land use study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tonight begins the first of three meetings to gain public input for a Joint Land Use study. Planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Portales City Hall, the meeting is intended to get resident insight into living in a community shared with Cannon Air Force Base, according to […]

Land commissioner candidate would advocate for farm, oil industries

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PNT staff PNT staff A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a […]

Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent By Helena Rodriguez FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town status in 1929, Blackdom was known far and wide for its famous mouth-watering pies, its Fourth of July and […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Agriculture land sales down

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when the market starts coming back, sales are so […]

Rural land sales lagging

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered that […]

Habitat for humanity seeking land

Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. is seeking land for future homes, especially in Clovis. Habitat leaders would like donations but would consider reasonable prices, said Office Manager Marge Rhode. Contact: Habitat for Humanity office at 359-1344 or roosevelt_curry_h4h@yahoo.com or 620 W. First, Portales.

It’s their job: Range land manager helps conserve resources

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Sean Lewis has worked as a range land management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for six years, with about eight months of that time in Portales. Lewis grew up on a ranch north of Mosquero and finished high school in Roy. He earned a degree in range land management […]

Aircraft arrival

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships land on the Cannon flightline May 19. These are the first of about eight gunships that will be assigned to the base by the end of the summer.

America hardly ‘land of the free’

Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We have […]

Bureau of Land Management to enact fire restrictions

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is enacting annual fire restrictions on its land starting Friday. In the Roosevelt County countryside, local law enforcement generally follows the cue of other entities when it comes to fire codes, said Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Don’t, however, expect all of the […]

Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

Nov. 1, 1977

Three parcels of land were designated for purchase by the Portales City Council under the Community Development grant program. Only one family was occupying a house in the grant area and plans were being made to help relocate the family.

Oct. 20, 1936

Republican candidate for State Land Commissioner H. L. Kent was to speak at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, discussing problems “concerning the farmer, the stockman, the schools and our natural resources,” according to an ad for the event in the Portales Daily News.