Clovis officials express plant water concerns

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the Clovis City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Clovis City Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to […]

July 25, 1960

• Murray E. Morgan of the state land committee placed four tracts of state owned land in Roosevelt County on the list for the August 16 bidding for oil and gas leases. All the tracts at that time carried a minimum annual rental of 25 cents per acre. • Members of the Portales High School […]

July 19, 1977

• Portales resident Kay Quisenberry returned home after spending nearly a year on Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. While there, she attended Summerside High school as an exchange student. Quisenberry was sponsored by the Portales Rotary Club. • The Blue Jays won the league championship of Junior League boys baseball. • Eighty acres of productive land […]

City Council accepts housing study recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City Council accepted the workforce housing study recommendations Tuesday, agreeing to move forward with a plan to build affordable housing on city-owned land. The next step in the process, according to City Manager Debi Lee, is to proceed with an appraisal of the land, just east of the municipal […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

Government harassment should not be tolerated

Editorial Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they want. Should […]

Greatest gift of all delivered on Christmas

By Freedom Newspapers “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins […]

City council meets with housing developers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors got their first face-to-face meeting with officials from UniDev LLC, the Bethesda, Md. company selected as the master developer for a proposed affordable housing project in Portales. Peter Smirniotopoulos, vice president of development and Jeffrey Koskinen, assistant project manager were on hand at Tuesday’s regular city […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]

Air Force completes Floyd fire probe

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Claims totalling $160,000 paid so far after Floyd fire

By Tony Parra Payments have been dispersed for $160,000 in claims to landowners, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials, in connection with the Nov. 30 Floyd fire that wiped out more than 27,000 acres. The cause of the fire, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range, still has not been determined, according to CAFB […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

1135662299-industrialpark4web.jpg

By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Floyd residents ponder how to recover livelihood

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday during an informational meeting at the Floyd Community Center. Farmers and […]

CRP changes affect 45,433 acres in Roosevelt County

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents rely on the agricultural economy and sometimes news from the United States Department of Agriculture means bad news for county farmers with farm land in the Conservation Reserve Program. James Bostwick, chairman of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency committee, said this announcement will hit farmers in eastern New […]

Udall vows to continue conservation program

By Tonya Garner Congressman Tom Udall is concerned about the USDA’s plan to dramatically reduce participation in the Conservation Reserve Program. According to Udall, D-N.M., 1,664 farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are currently enrolled in the CRP program. This keeps 596,624 acres of environmentally sensitive land out of crop production. The bulk of this […]

America provides the ‘Home of the Free’ to the brave

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when he […]

Local landowners agree to sell land for base expansion

1123911195-webF-35-fighterjet-8_13_05.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Property owners near Cannon Air Force Base have agreed to sell land to enable the base to nearly double in size — an effort aimed at keeping the Pentagon from shutting it down. Gov. Bill Richardson and Clovis Mayor David Lansford announced the agreement Friday, and were faxing a letter […]