Meetings watch: Redistricting public hearing

The Portales City Council held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to receive the options for redistricting. Sterling Fluharty, consultant with Southwest Political Services, gave the presentation on the options. Fluharty said to provide for population equality in districts, so they can be as similar to each other as practical, the total population of […]

State considering health care options

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

My turn: Other options besides hunting

With hunting season slowing until turkey season in April, it is nice to know there is something else a man of the outdoors can get into: Fishing. Oasis State Park in Roosevelt County and Ned Houk Park outside Clovis have winter trout for fishing. Oasis also has channel catfish in the pond. During the summer, […]

Obama needs to weigh all troop options

Freedom New Mexico Before leaving on his trip to Asia, President Barack Obama let it be known he is not satisfied with any of the four alternative plans he and his national security team have been considering — involving troop augmentations from zero to 40,000 — to prosecute the next phase of the war in […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Highway proposals presented to council

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer State highway planners revealed options for improvements to U.S. Highway Tuesday at the Portales City Council meeting. Derek Meier of Wilson & Co. said his presentation was the next phase of the $6.75 million project. The highway splits into a pair of two-lane, one-way streets in Portales — First […]

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Senior Airman P.J. Canabal had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted when he got transferred to Cannon Air Force Base. The notion was to rent a house with another military member. But Canabal discovered rentals were a pretty difficult commodity at the very end of May. So, […]

Commission balks at inmate health care price tag

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cost of a contract for county inmate health care has the Roosevelt County Commission looking for other options. The commissioners expressed unhappiness with the $232,000 price of the contract for County Detention Center inmate health care at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. They voted to table […]

City holding workshop on water reuse

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The city of Portales is exploring all options for effective water use — and reuse. City council members will hold a 5 p.m. workshop today at city hall to explore water reuse and how it could apply to the city’s current wastewater plant and the one planned for two […]

Public meeting to explore traffic options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents will have a chance to look over traffic options and possible relief route alternatives Tuesday at a public meeting of the Portales Transportation Plan steering committee. According to city officials, the meeting seeks to answer the public’s questions and receive input on the various alternatives being looked […]

Traffic concerns top agenda at quarterly luncheon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Engineers involved with the city of Portales Transportation Plan got a taste of the public discussion to come Tuesday during presentations at three meetings. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque were the featured speakers at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon and […]

Animal disposal discussed at expo

By Tony Parra People in the dairy business from eastern New Mexico and those in the livestock business attended a seminar on Wednesday to see what composting of carcass options would be legal and viable for their business. Hillary Sullivan, a dairy specialist with the New Mexico State University Extension office, spoke at the 13th […]

Relying too much on Social Security might tarnish golden years

It seems Americans have caught a break on Social Security. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the program isn’t going broke as fast as people thought. CBO estimates the so-called trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2052. That’s a decade beyond the estimates of Social Security trustees. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]