Residents prepare for transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Organization, said his group plans to use Defense Department funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Bingaman: Water project justified investment

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is serving his fifth term in Congress and is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Following Tuesday’s Senate field hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library, he answered a few questions for Freedom Newspapers. Q: You came to Clovis for the field hearing regarding the […]

N.M. Labor Secretary visits region

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Labor Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is in Clovis today as part of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico to lay groundwork for a more integrated approach in meeting the state’s employment needs. Doris met Tuesday in Portales with members of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She […]

Salvation Army attempts to identify victims’ needs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A replacement car window, food and water, items for the baby, a place to sleep — the list of unique needs goes on and on. More than a dozen residents waited hours Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds to meet with representatives from local agencies offering disaster relief. Just shy […]

Cannon transition underfunded

Freedom Newspapers The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s 2008 […]

Fire substation could be on horizon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors discussed the feasibility of adding a fire substation on the north side of Portales and the possibility of expanding the law enforcement center at Tuesday’s meeting. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez addressed councilors on the topics, saying he had received several calls from people in North […]

Workshop outlines retail recruiting

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer City of Portales officials along with other entities concerned with economic development are contemplating whether or not to become more proactive in recruitment of retail business for Portales. At a workshop the city hosted Thursday at the Portales City Hall, Joe Fackel, a representative with the Buxton Company of […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Candidate slate set for three county positions

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s position will be a two-man race with the incumbent Tom Gossett running against county deputy Darren Hooker in the June 6 primaries. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file with the county clerk’s office and three positions will be contested. Since both of them are Republicans and […]

Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Eddy Hiner and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

Street conditions atop the concern list for Lopez

Editor’s note: The following is the one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question sregarding the city’s future. Incumbent Jake Lopez, 68, is running for re-election in Ward A and will be facing Lorenzo Baca, 39. 1. In your view, what […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be […]

Santa gets help from naughty editor

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’ve never had the chance to do it here in Portales, but each Christmas season I set aside one column to help Santa Claus with a few ideas for some of our favorite public figures. Being so close to the news and the newsmakers, I think I can maybe lend […]

Decorations are memories as well

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist This is the time of year when my living room starts to look like the Island of Misfit Toys. Please don’t hate me because I’m organized, but I’ve already got my Christmas tree up and ready to plug in tonight as the Christmas season officially gets into full swing. However, I’ve […]

Population shift could change job market

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Award nominee survived despite many hardships

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four stories about Pioneer of the Year Nominees. Ellen Marcus came to Portales in 1928 with her husband F.M. Marcus and the young couple went through the Great Depression as farmers and raised their children at a time when […]

Singapore Air Force reviewing training

By David Irvin The entire Singapore Air Force training operations in America are under review, officials from the Singapore Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday. But no decision has been made about what will happen to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, which is comprised of about 100 […]

Nov. 17 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There is mud all over our area and there are many muddy bus routes and roads for people to get out on for church and to their work places. Some seniors on Sunday did not venture out for fear of being stranded, as there was some fog. Later, a drizzle took place […]

Sept. 29 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain and more rain the past week. There are signs on the road north of Dora, 2 to 4 miles that warns of water on the highway. The fields look water soaked in the area. All of the area west of Donald Massey’s home looks like a big lake. Still don’t hear […]

Sept. 15 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael This beautiful weather has really been wonderful on all the crops maturing as well as the freshly planted wheat. I believe the moisture has met as the farmers used to say after a good rain. These warm-dry days are just what the cotton needs, however, the peanuts are being watered to keep […]