City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Portales past: June 30, 1910

June 30, 1910: Portales City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors. Violation carried a fine up to $100 and jail sentence up to 30 days.

Portales Past: May 7, 1910

May 7, 1910: Roosevelt County commissioners had introduced an ordinance aimed at prohibiting cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep and goats from running at large in the more populated precincts.

Commission to discuss pet ordinance

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the ordinance on loose pets and consider leasing the local National Guard armory. They meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. County Manager Charlene Hardin said operations have been shut down at the armory, which is near Portales Municipal Airport, […]

County commission sets public hearing for pet ordinance

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is taking the next step to having a more lenient county ordinance on dogs and cats running loose. Commissioners unanimously approved a notice Tuesday to modify the ordinance and set a public hearing for March 16. The changes would allow deputies to issue two warning […]

County mulling lenient animal rules

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County could have more lenient rules on dogs and cats running loose if the county commission votes for changes in the relevant ordinance today. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. County Attorney Rick Queener said the county is considering changing a county […]

Council to vote on rezoning, ordinance amendment

Freedom New Mexico It looks like a short agenda for Portales City Council when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday. The city is expected to approve a notice of intent to adopt ordinance No. 686 for rezoning and an ordinance amending ordinance no. 387 to alter the official zoning map. Also, the council will entertain a […]

Aug. 20, 1986

Portales City Council members again heard testimony from the Portales Humane Society concerning the proposed animal control ordinance during their meeting the day before, according to Portales news archives. The council voted to adopt an ordinance at the next meeting.

No action taken on trash proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Rules for controlled burns remain unchanged in Roosevelt County, and property owners don’t have to remove trash and tumbleweeds from their land and yards. The Roosevelt County Commission took no action during its meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse on a request for an ordinance that would require property […]

City council to vote on animal ordinance changes

PNT staff Proposed changes in the animal ordinance top the agenda Tuesday for the Portales City Council. The ordinance is was revised by Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill. The council is seeking public comment on the changes. The council will also consider an amendment for a professional services contract grant match with the New Mexico […]

Council reviewing animal ordinance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales City Council is looking at revising parts of its animal ordinance today. City Manger Debi Lee said there has been some discussion at the state legislature about destroying animals humanely. “We were way of ahead of what was coming for this,” Lee said. “If you go out to […]

Nov. 16, 1937

A new ordinance mandating the sterilization and regulation of prices of all

County enacts local fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

Commissioners use new ordinance to enact fire ban

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

Councilors voice dissent over smoking ordinance

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales officially went smoke-free Tuesday but did so over the objections of three city councilors. A formality after the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in public places, the Portales City Council adopted a new smoking ordinance in line with the state law at its regular meeting Tuesday. […]

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 […]

City fines Abengoa

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Abengoa Bioenergy got no extra time to comply with new regulations for industrial waste water treatment customers, but they could have fines forgiven if they are in compliance by Oct. 15. Portales city councilors voted Tuesday at their regular meeting to find Abengoa in non-compliance of an ordinance passed […]

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 […]

April 8, 1970

The Portales City Council voted to enact an ordinance stating that an 11 O’Clock ordinance would be in effect for children under the age of 18. Walt Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes was playing at the Tower. Tickets were $1.25 for adults, $1.00 for students and $.50 for children. The Portales Rams Baseball team […]

Fire ban sparks heated debate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Concerns about a proposed year-round fire ban have apparently been spreading like wildfire since Roosevelt County Commissioners tabled the measure two weeks ago. The ordinance was tabled again Tuesday after rural residents and local fire departments representatives grilled commissioners on the proposal during a public hearing that drew such […]