Extraterritorial zoning on burner

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was the “elephant in the living room” during a recent flap involving the state permitting of a dairy sewer lagoon near Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. called it by name — extraterritorial zoning — at the end of Tuesday’s regular city council meeting. Ortega told councilors he […]

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 […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

Housing could be on city’s horizon

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If the mayor and out-of-state developer UniDev have their way, hundreds of units of affordable housing could be on the horizon for Portales. UniDev, a housing developer from Maryland, made a presentation Thursday morning at Portales City Hall that included specifics about a possible workforce housing residential community. According […]

Citizens air concerns over lagoon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Emotions were running high Thursday evening as residents filled the Memorial Building to participate in a public hearing on operation of a sewer lagoon at dairy just south of Portales. The New Mexico Environment Department hearing was called by Environment Secretary Ron Curry after response, including a petition with […]

Project provides senior citizens peace of mind

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Richard and Louise Smith value their independence, however, health problems and a string of attempted break-ins have left them worried about their safety. Peace of mind arrived for the retired Portales couple Thursday via the Newman Project, a senior safety program instituted by District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office. “I hated […]

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 […]

Odor remains hot topic

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ongoing debate over controlling odors in Portales moved to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents’ arena Thursday during a special meeting. The Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales has drawn complaints from residents and has been the topic of discussion at County Commission and City Council meetings […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision not […]

Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

Committee committed to local growth

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for members […]

Ute plan included in water initiative

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

Senator praises local economy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy is […]

Gaining approval for Ute water project not easy task

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico […]

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 […]

Portales officials to consider housing options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials are considering using land located next to the golf course to build between 70 and 100 houses for Portales residents and are exploring options on how to do that. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said city officials are interested in using about 45 acres of the 150 […]

Spouses get taste of potential home

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the medical facilities in her prospective new home. Along with other spouses of Air Force Special Operations Command, she joined her husband Thursday and Friday to tour Clovis and Portales. She may soon call Clovis home when the AFSOC […]

Portales residents joyful over CAFB news

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents expressed relief and joy following Tuesday’s announcement that Cannon Air Force Base will be a new home for U.S. Air Force Special Operations. “I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic Sharon Davis, co-owner of Calton Furniture in Portales. “This is great news for both communities (Clovis and […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]