My turn: Breaking into new business

Occasionally, I attend seminars about becoming a better time manager, communicator, team player, more Zen-like, etc. Realizing how much these companies make in peddling high-falutin’ ways of saying do your job, I‘m creating my own “Dark Chocolate and Hoops: Adrenaline Boosts for Drowsy Employees” seminar. Most seminars have testimonials from satisfied customers. Here are a [...]

Portales school business manager relies on experience as comptroller

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Alisa Boswell New Portales Municipal Schools business manager Sarah Marquez is no stranger to financing and thinks that may be a bonus with current New Mexico state budget cuts in the education system. Portales Municipal Schools recently replaced Finance Director Carol Kriegshauser with Marquez, who has worked with the district for five years and was [...]

City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day. “Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after [...]

Grants earmarked for street improvements, senior center

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Argen Duncan Elida and Portales have received grants for community projects. Elida was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 for a senior and community center, while $427,000 was earmarked for street and drainage improvements in the Bogard Addition of Portales. Portales Capital Projects Manager Susan Baysinger said the West Gum Street from Avenue [...]

Press release: Comcast names VP; general manager

Cable and telecommunications veteran Chris Dunkeson has been appointed to the position of Vice President and General Manager for Comcast’s cable operations in New Mexico. In this position, Dunkeson will be responsible for all of Comcast’s operations and customer care services for the company’s cable television, high-speed internet and telephone offerings in the state.

Ten charged with gambling at country club

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according [...]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many [...]

Clovis baseball team seeking new manager

Kevin Wilson John Harris found the Sox fit him better, and the Clovis Pioneers are looking for a new manager four months before their professional baseball debut. Harris, a 1973 graduate of Clovis High School, was named Wednesday as the manager of the Amarillo Sox, who will play in the American Association this season. The [...]

TV channel devoted to community

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Argen Duncan Portales is one of a few cities to have its own community cable channel, according to the Comcast cable operations manager. Portales Community Television Channel 19 is available to the approximately 2,500 Comcast customers who use the company’s basic service in Portales, said Comcast Operations Manager Spencer Debord. The channel shows information about [...]

Commission to discuss extending water rights

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said he expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract [...]