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 […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Census: Hispanic population grew 34 percent in Roosevelt County

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Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Jail population increasing

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Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. Clay Layher […]

Local tobacco, health council programs cut by state

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is losing its health council and tobacco prevention programs this summer, and a leader in those organizations believes politics, a smaller minority population and a low overall population are the reasons. Theresa “Terry” Teti, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program coordinator and Roosevelt County Health Council member, […]

Troublesome turkeys near Tucumcari relocated

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When hunting them failed to curb population growth, two area ranchers took their turkey troubles to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “This has been going on for quite a few years,” said Daniel Garcia, a Tucumcari Rancher. “Three years ago there was a flock of 300 […]

Base population increase boosting rental market

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s never been too difficult for Clovis’ Bill Johnson to rent out a house. But he’s not sure if it’s every been quite this easy. “I’m getting a lot of calls right now on rentals,” said Johnson, who’s received about 40 calls for five rental units in the last […]

Portales’ country roads eyesore

I live three miles west of Portales. As the population grows outside the city limits, so do my concerns about the piling up of trash and tumbleweeds. It’s not only an eyesore, but a fire danger. Our county officials need to look into controlling this problem because it looks like individuals won’t do it. There […]

Jan. 13, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that research conducted by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business estimated that Roosevelt County’s population had jumped from 14,549 in 1940 to 17,700.

Census metropolitan population estimates

The Census Bureau cannot go out and count every man, woman and child each year. Instead, it uses statistical models and a multitude of data sources to estimate the nation’s population down to the smallest geography. The data here is sorted in descending order by the overall population change from 2000 to 2006. Click on […]

County population

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Ten counties gained more than 200,000 residents from 2000 to 2007, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

College’s Hispanic population up 7 percent

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By Celena Cordova: PNT Staff Writer The number of Hispanic students enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University has increased 7 percent in the past 10 years, according to school officials, which means more than a quarter of the school’s 4,000 students are Hispanic. ENMU President Steven G. Gamble said several factors contribute to the increased […]

Voting critical part of being heard

By Helena Rodriguez I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo Mejicanos […]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining […]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West […]

Melrose birthday a time to celebrate

By Tom Udall Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., before the House of Representatives. I rise today to commemorate the kickoff of centennial festivities in the town of Melrose, New Mexico. The annual Old Timer’s Festival on Aug. 11th marks the beginning of an entire year […]

Lunch becomes political learning session

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our state senator, Stuart Ingle. We happened to see each other where we were both having lunch and decided to have coffee and dessert together. While we sat there chatting and munching, his cell phone interrupted him (a […]