ENMU intern program ended

By Tony Parra A technology information center internship program at Eastern New Mexico University has been discontinued, according to school and company officials. Kathy White, president of Rural Sourcing Inc., cited not being able to give the interns enough attention and the lack of proximity of Rural Sourcing Inc. technology centers to Portales. “We feel […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that […]

Officials aim for business technology center

By Tony Parra Kathy White of Rural Sourcing Inc. conveyed by speakerphone to a mixture of city, state and Eastern New Mexico University officials that she wanted to follow a timeline to implement a business technology center in Portales. White spoke to them on Friday morning at the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]

Agriculture secretary makes visit

By Mike Linn The U.S. secretary of agriculture came to Clovis on Wednesday behind an entourage of political, dairy and technological gurus to promote broadband and wireless services in rural America and the re-election of one of New Mexico’s congressmen. Ann M. Veneman told Eastern New Mexico Rural Co-op, local business and media personnel before […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Grant to assist rural counties with emergency equipment

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Tony Parra U.S. Representative Tom Udall has announced $252,760 in grant funding to the New Mexico Department of Health to increase access to on-the-spot help for people who suffer heart attacks in rural counties in New Mexico. “These are going to be for government facilities such as the sheriff’s office or facilities where they hold […]

Dora residents assured mail delivery

Mike Linn DORA — No P. O. Box, no problem. Dora residents frustrated about returned mail heard good news Tuesday night when state post office officials promised to deliver mail as long as it made it to Dora. The decision presented to some 20 Dora residents at the Dora Community Center comes after months of […]