Interim tag removed for fire chief

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer John Bridges has been appointed to the position of fire chief for the Portales Fire Department, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “I’m just happy about it. John has served the Portales Fire Department well for the past many years,” Lee said. Bridges’ appointment as chief was effective […]

Fire chief candidates to interview Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Interviews for the position of Portales Fire Chief will take place on Friday in Portales. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the position for fire chief became available after the former chief, Raul Muniz left Portales to move to Arizona to further pursue his education. Retired from the […]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort […]

City gets tough on trash

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Tonie Watson says she tries hard to be a good neighbor and keep her property clean but others are making a mess at her expense. With Portales city councilors set to finalize a new ordinance pertaining to solid waste and weeds at its July 17 meeting, city officials are […]

Funds moved to help control odor problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved a $250,000 transfer from utility fund reserves to pay for a short-term fix for odors emanating from the wastewater treatment plant during a special meeting Monday. They also used the opportunity to review a water, wastewater and solid waste rate study. Freeing up the reserve […]

May 2, 2007 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary: PNT Correspondent Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Friday — Brad Lee Saturday — Houston and Mary Lee (52 years) Upcoming events l The Quilters will meet all day Thursday at the Community Building. l Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. […]

City seeks fix for sewer problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors took a series of actions at Tuesday’s regular meeting they hope will provide residents with short-term relief from odors coming from the city’s waste water treatment plant. After hearing a presentation from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering, councilors directed City Manager Debi Lee to begin the […]

Portales receives grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales and town of Elida got good news about infrastructure improvements Tuesday as the New Mexico Community Development Council announced its grant awards for 2007. Portales received $455,837 for street improvements in the area from First to Canadian streets and from Boston to Chicago avenues. With […]

Ordinance targets delinquent code fees

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ignoring notices from Portales code enforcement officers could become significantly more expensive under an ordinance revision under review by the Portales City Council. Sgt. Brack Rains and Chief Jeff Gill of the Portales Police Department presented a report detailing the number of actions police had taken recently on code […]

Portales hires recruiter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales City Council selected the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. to provide economic development services for the city. Four providers were evaluated by a committee appointed by the council. The focus of the memorandum of agreement with RCCDC will be to provide the mechanism to hire an economic […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring […]

Officials eye legislative funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local governmental officials say the signals from Santa Fe indicate another flush budget like last year. They also know from experience the competition for those dollars will be fierce. “It never fails — the more money there is the more competitive everything gets,” Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin said. […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Officials take new approach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County governmental entities and area state legislators took a new approach toward capital outlay requests this year as they brought the various entities together for the first time at the Memorial Building in Portales Tuesday to present their requests all in one day. In previous years each entitity […]

Holiday cooking easy as pie

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather, traditions to be passed on, food to be prepared and of course, the all important ending to a meal, dessert, or in this case, pie. Well known for her cream pies, Edna Grimes is a bit of a celebrity […]

Area task force begins brainstorming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Through discussion at a town hall meeting Wednesday, audience members agreed that work on U.S. 70 through town and a sustainable water supply were badly needed resources in the area. The discussion came at a Governors Task Force meeting titled “Our Communities, Our Future.” Other ideas centered around revitalizing […]

Public invited to task force meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Officials are encouraging residents of Portales and Roosevelt County to let their voices be heard at a meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on “Our Communities, Our Future,” to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Portales City Hall. Comprised of members from government and private sectors […]

Police up patrols for Halloween

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Halloween night will see an influx of local law enforcement agencies out on patrol in Portales to ensure the safety of area trick-or-treaters, according to officials. Officers from the Adult Probation and Parole office in Portales will be out during the evening to ensure that children do not visit […]

City tackles traffic

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Objectives and goals are being established by a steering committee to resolve traffic issues in the Portales area and the public input phase should begin soon, say city officials. “We’re in the study and analysis stage right now, said Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Of primary concern is the […]