Anti-drug plan will cause more harm than good

Editorial President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing more resources […]

City councilors officially adopt transportation committee’s study

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council officially adopted the year-long study that has produced the Portales Transportation Plan along with its recommendations. Work on the plan, done by a citizen and stakeholder group called the Portales Transportation Planning Committee, was directed by G.C. Engineering. It is wide-ranging, from a recommended northwest alignment […]

Transportation Steering Committee names relief route

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Representatives from the Transportation Steering Committee have selected a northwest relief route along an all new alignment as their preferred alternative if a relief route is pursued. Representatives of the group met Tuesday in a work session with Portales City Councilors to present their initial evaluation of alternatives. For […]

Residents learn about proposed healthcare plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A representative from the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign met with a group of local residents on Tuesday to discuss the group’s proposed healthcare plan. A grassroots coalition, the campaign has spent the past 15 years working to devise a healthcare plan that would benefit the citizens of […]

School board seeks election

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education set the wheels in motion to try and build a new elementary school which would replace Lindsey and Steiner elementaries by the fall of 2009. At Monday’s regular meeting the board voted to pursue a bond election in September and OK’d a […]

Kindergarten enrollment fair starts Monday at Brown

PNT Staff Report Early registrations for kindergarten as well as an expanded state health care coverage plan for children will begin Monday at Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales. The enrollment fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the school, located at 520 W. Fifth St. Screening of […]

Water plan accepted by ISC

Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has accepted the completed Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Plan, the commission announced in a news release. The Northeastern New Mexico water planning region (Region 1) includes Union, Harding, Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. The plan addresses long-term water supply availability, water quality, water rights, municipal conservation, […]

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 […]

City, county complete emergency plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Local officials have finished updating an emergency operations plan that will provide guidelines to follow in the event a natural or other disaster should occur. Though a plan was approved in 1995, issues such as Sept. 11 and changes within law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services have caused it […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Pandemic preparations under way locally

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Health officials in Portales and across the state have begun preparing for a flu pandemic that officials say could devastate communities with its rapid spread. In May, Portales city officials received a briefing book from the New Mexico Department of Health outlining precautionary measures the city must take for […]

Experts: Underground aquifer water supply draining fast

By William P. Thompson Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. A water expert, hydrogeologist Amy Ewing, gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than […]

PRMC still mum after report returned

By Marlena Hartz A report detailing deficiencies discovered at Plains Regional Medical Center was released Wednesday afternoon to PRMC officials. Its contents were compiled by state health officials during an unannounced February hospital inspection, which was conducted in response to a complaint against the medical facility. Though hospital officials could release details of the report, […]

Future water projections discussed at regional water meeting

By Kevin Wilson TUCUMCARI — Public welfare and future water projections took center stage this week at the Tucumcari Convention Center, as the Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan’s public steering committee met throughout Monday afternoon. The committee, made up of representatives of cities and counties throughout eastern New Mexico, is in the process of […]

Feb. 5, 2006 Letters to the Editor

All of us eligible for Part D Medicare have known for many months the choice was ours. Part D has 17 certified and approved providers in New Mexico. Each one of them has one or more plans; in fact there are 42 plans. We can no longer run to the doctor, get prescriptions, then run […]

Confusion over new Medicare plan common

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By Kevin Wilson With the startup of the new Medicare prescription drug program, a nationwide problem seems to be consumer confusion. However, locals familiar with health care are optimistic that the program will eventually be an improvement over previous prescription programs. The program, which began on Jan. 1, requires people to choose from among dozens […]

Money Congress set aside for evacuation plan went elsewhere

Rita Beamish: The Associated Press As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city’s Lake Pontchartrain, officials say. The outcome provides one more example […]

Rumsfeld: BRAC list will save money

Robert Burns: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has advised President Bush that a plan presented to the White House last week for closing 22 major military bases and realigning 33 others will yield large savings, even though fewer bases would be closed than Rumsfeld wanted, a Pentagon official said Monday. […]

Base-closing commission takes issue with Pentagon plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission approved all but 14 percent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s recommendations for closing or consolidating U.S. military bases — but it also took issue with the Pentagon in a final report sent to President Bush. The nine-member panel said the Defense Department overestimated savings […]