Other agencies inspected PRMC

By Marlena Hartz Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections are routinely conducted […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

Mileage standards could be much better

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require […]

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the position the New Mexico Peanut Growers recommended him for the appointment. His term will end on […]

Parents deem scoring unfair

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Some Portales parents feel federally designated proficiency levels used to measure student performance are unfair. The proficiency standards, which are mandated by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Act makes the schools responsible for the students’ performance. Test results released Monday by the state Department of Education indicated Portales failed […]

Portales fails to pass state tests

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools for the second year in a row failed to meet basic requirements for student academic performance and participation. The school district did however showing improvements in reading in a majority of the student subgroups measured. Portales failed to meet the federally mandated “adequate yearly progress” for […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Portales police receive state accreditation

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Police Department has received state accreditation through a program sponsored by three state organizations. The accreditation marks the successful completion of a process that has taken more than 2 1/2 years since the accreditation was made available through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal […]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a […]

Valencia wins state appeal

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Valencia Elementary’s school rating jumped from probationary status to meets state standards following an appeal from Portales Municipal School officials in August. Portales school officials received a letter on Wednesday from the New Mexico secretary of education informing them that the previous ranking was flawed and […]