Portales starts 2006 with vote on mil levy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A number of elections affecting Portales residents will take place in 2006 beginning with an election to decide whether to keep a mil levy tax used to help the Portales School District officials with improvements to the district. During 2006 elections for New Mexico governor, Portales mayor and Portales […]

City ready to target redevelopment

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer During the coming weeks, city and organization leaders will target vacant buildings in Portales as possible locations for new businesses. A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss economic development and what path the city should take to try to encourage those in the community and outside of the community to […]

Commission opts against horse racing ban

By Tony Parra Rick Short, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant, said the department has been busy working on drug bust operations and answering calls to disturbances from horse races on private property. “We’ve been very busy in the month of March,” Short said. “We (Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department) were involved in […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]

Land sale approved

By Tony Parra City councilors during Tuesday’s city council meeting approved a resolution for the sale of city property to a Portales attorney to create offices for his law firm in the downtown area. Councilors approved the sale of 301 S. Ave. A. for $5,000 to Eric Dixon. City Attorney Stephen Doerr said the real […]

City council approves building purchase

By Tony Parra City officials during Tuesday’s city meeting approved to allow city attorneys to draft a contract with Eric Dixon of Portales on the purchase of a city building in the downtown area. The recommendation from the Portales MainStreet Board is to have city attorneys draw up a proposal on purchase of a building […]

Brooks, Garrett take school district wins

By Kevin Wilson Winners in both of Portales’ school board district elections took comfortable victories, and a double mill levy passed for Dora schools. Alan Garrett won by 25 votes in District 3, while incumbent David Brooks held on in District 4 by a 33-vote margin. Totals in District 3 were 68 votes for Garrett, […]

School board choices on ballot today

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents will be hitting the polls today to decide who they want making decisions on the Portales district school board. Two district school board positions are up for election, District 3 and District 4. The District 4 incumbent, David Brooks, will be running against Steve Adkins. Adkins said many parents […]

Cheese plant road plan hits snags

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County and city officials’ hope of building a cheese plant road leading up from the south on Roosevelt County to the new Southwest Cheeseplant encountered a snag on Friday — the acquisition of property. The two-mile road leading up from Highway 70 to the cheese plant road would have to be […]

Commissioner upset over road funding changes

By Tony Parra A rash of holiday crimes has the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies tracking down cases of burglary and forgery. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said during the Roosevelt County meeting on Tuesday that burglaries during the holiday season amounted to a loss of an excess of $32,000 in cash and property. Rick […]

Farmers upset with tumbleweed problem

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Sharon Russell and her mother don’t come out to the family house northwest of Floyd much anymore. But they still love the small group of farmers that live near the Melrose Bombing Range. “This is a good community,” Russell said. “We stick together.” Today, those community members are bonded by […]

Tuesday the only day to file for school board

PNT Staff PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents will have their only opportunity to file for a school board member position on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board elections will take place in February, according to Joyce Fraze, Roosevelt County clerk. Those from Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd who want to declare […]

ENMU enrollment holds mix of good, bad news

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble went into more detail over enrollment numbers for the regents during the Board of Regents’ meeting on Friday morning and gave the regents a mix of good and bad news. First, Gamble spoke about the good news. The good news is that the fall enrollment […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s office seeking funds to recruit officers

By Tony Parra Discussions over a $3 hour increase in the pay for Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies came to a halt because of a lack of funds. Officials at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department said during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that there is little interest in an opening for a deputy’s position, and the […]

Land dispute settled at city council meeting

By Tony Parra More than a year-and-a-half after their initial request for a zoning change was denied, Victor and Linda Baca were able to get approval for the Seal Addition Subdivision Development property in Tuesday’s city council meeting. The Bacas’ property is located off of University Drive, across for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Committee to promote ENMU bond issue

By Tony Parra The General Obligation Bond Proposition B steering committee met on Wednesday to discuss acquiring support for a bond that would provide more than $9.5 million dollars for higher education in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Eastern New Mexico University would receive $8.913 million for buildings and infrastructure on campus. The total bond is […]

Property purchased for new hotel

Tony Parra TNJ Management on Wednesday purchased the property of the Hillcrest Motel off of U.S. 70, where they plan to build a 70-room hotel by 2005, city officials confirmed. Mayor Orlando Ortega and Kim Huffman, chairman of the Roosevelt Community Development Corporation, confirmed on Wednesday that TNJ Management has closed the deal on the […]

Area democrats like Kerry; Elida, Floyd pass mill levy

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Roosevelt County democrats on Tuesday selected Sen. John Kerry as the guy they hope to dethrone President Bush, while Floyd and Elida residents voted to tax themselves to help keep their schools in tip-top shape. In the first New Mexico caucus in more than 30 years, […]

Floyd, Elida voters to decide on property tax

Tony Parra The registered voters in Elida and Floyd will decide on Tuesday whether to prolong the mill-levy tax for another five years. The mill-levy tax, which ended at the beginning of the year, is a property tax imposed by the state’s board of education to fund various school projects and renovations. “It’s not that […]

Area ranchers resist airspace expansion

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Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents on Monday night at a meeting scheduled to discuss proposed expansions to military airspace. The residents were worried the proposed changes would devalue their land; create increased noise over their ranches; allow for debris from flares and chaffs to land […]