Municipal conference under way in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As students-to-be filled the registration lines at Clovis Community College, education was already going on at the school. Dignitaries were doing the learning, as they soaked in policy and how they could effectively implement it at the first day of the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. The conference, held […]

Municipal League conference in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Peggy Tedford normally doesn’t have a problem filling her hotel, as she estimates all 69 rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites are booked four days per week. This week, she’ll have no problem — period — thanks to the New Mexico Municipal League. “We’ve actually been booked up […]

Local Briefs July 31, 2008

Municipal court closed for trainingThe Portales Municipal Court will be closed today through Aug. 8 to allow staff to attend training, according to a press release from the court. Persons with a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized. Court will reopen on Aug. 11 and those who miss a date should […]

Golfers count on lucky charms

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By Liliana Castillo and Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico For some golfers, the game cannot go on unless they have their lucky putter or a special divot tool. For a group of regulars at Clovis Municipal Golf Course, it’s mostly about the company they keep. The fivesome graced the golf course Friday afternoon, because Friday […]

Events Calendar May 27, 2008

TodayPortales Municipal School Board special meeting — noon, Central Office board room 501 S. Abilene ThursdayAfricanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds SaturdayOld Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park The events calendar is a daily listing that contains […]

City to replace two long-time councilors

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter With municipal elections only a few weeks past, city officials are already preparing to fill vacancies in Portales’ city government. The vacancies are a result of the recent resignation of Mayor Pro-tem Donald ‘D.K.’ Shafer at the March 18 council meeting and council member Jake Lopez seeking election for […]

Voters go to polls today in municipal elections

PNT Staff Report Early voting concluded Friday for today’s municipal election, said Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. She said 83 people voted early in-person and 16 people requested ballots by mail. The new voting machines will be used for the municipal election, she said. Four city council seats are up for election. Alfredo Bachica Jr., […]

12-19-07 Local briefs

Municipal Court announces closure The Portales Municipal court will close for the holidays on Monday and reopen on Jan. 2 with regular hours, according to a press release from the court. Anyone who has a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized but they should check in with clerks on Jan. 2, […]

Weather delays, cancels schools

Several area schools have announced Monday cancellations or delays because of the weather: • Portales Municipal Schools – Delayed two hours • Clovis Christian Schools – Classes canceled • Clovis Community College – Classes canceled • Clovis Municipal Schools – Classes canceled • Eastern New Mexico University – Classes start at 10am • Farwell ISD […]

One contested race in county school board elections

PNT Staff Report Only one Roosevelt County school board race will be contested come the Feb. 6 elections. Floyd Municipal Schools’ board of education member, Lisa Schmidt, faces opposition from challenger, Jack W. Moore, a retired long-time school administrator and coach. The incumbent currently holds the Position 5 seat. A total of 12 people, which […]

Incumbents make sweep in municipal races

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By William P. Thompson All Portales incumbent city councilors kept their seats on the council after Tuesday’s municipal election and Municipal Judge Fred Arnold retained his seat on the bench. A total of 997 voters participated in the election, about 15 percent of the city’s 6,322 registered voters. The closest race was in Ward D […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Hitson says people skills, common sense her strengths as judge

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Arla Hitson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Hitson will be running against Oscar Robinson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Robinson tauting background in municipal judge run

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Oscar Robinson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Robinson will be running against Arla Hitson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Local airports land funds for improvements

By Tony Parra U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 to reconstruct […]

Dora and Elida among quality school districts

By Marlena Hartz When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico, including Dora and Elida have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others […]

Ortega announces candidacy for second term

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega made his announcement to run for re-election on Thursday feeling there is still some unfinished business in the office of the mayor. “I want to start by thanking the citizens of this community for allowing me to serve as mayor for the last four years,” Ortega said. “I […]

Airport plans for future

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tom Baca, director of Aviation for the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, emphasized to Portales and Clovis airport officials to plan for the future if they want money. Baca said many funding options could arise for the airports either through federal, state moneys or private investors. All of […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]