Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

Monday morning briefing: Schools business, an open house and the end of Bonnie and Clyde

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. School supplies If your children go to school in Floyd and you want to plan ahead, the school calendar, elementary school supply list and sports physical form for the 2011-2012 school year are available on the Floyd Municipal School District website: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ The Elida […]

Floyd businessman named Citizen of Year

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Alisa Boswell Jimmy Tivis, a 62-year resident of Floyd and owner of Tivis Dairy Supply, was named Citizen of the Year on Saturday at the Floyd Lion’s Club Country Jamboree. Highlights noted by Lion’s Club members when presenting the award were his 20 years as a Lion’s Club member and his heavy involvement with the […]

City officials: Report confirms need for new water supply

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Jared Tucker The annual water report recently presented to the Portales City Council paints a gloomy picture for the area’s water supply. According to the city’s water consultant, Charles Wilson, the High Plains Aquifer currently has a saturation thickness of 42 feet and is declining at a rate of 3.4 feet per year at the […]

Press release: City requires mandatory water rationing

Due to recent elevated watering demands, the City of Portales has entered mandatory water rationing for the entire Portales community. This will be in effect until water tank levels rise back to acceptable levels of twenty (20) feet. Residents are requested to not water at all until further notice to allow tank levels to reach […]

Jan. 14, 1968

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the first of three wells that will supply Portales with water for domestic use went on the pump at 10 a.m. Saturday. The well field is on state land in the Bivins Cattle Company ranch.

Aug. 17, 1989

Vandals broke into the Portales water reservoir and disconnected a nipple that supplied chlorine to the city water system, according to Portales news archives. City employees said the loss of chlorine in the water supply did not effect the safety of the water.

April 16, 1940

The Portales City Council agreed to create a position of city engineer with the purpose of surveying and mending the city’s water supply needs. The council was not yet clear if the job would be permanent.

Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking […]

Council hopefuls speak

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Candidates for two of the four open Portales City Council seats didn’t appear to have any real sharp differences on most issues facing the city during a forum held Monday at the Memorial Building. City council candidates challenger Michael Martinez and incumbent Gary Watkins in Ward B and incumbent […]

July 31, 2007 Local Briefs

Elida book heads to print in August Members of the Elida Centennial Book committee have announced that the book will be going to press at the end of August. The book is a compilation of the past 100 years of history for the Elida community. Currently more than 400 of the books have been sold, […]

$70 part proves to be AFSO-21 smart

Senior Airman Christopher Meoak, Master Sgt. Stephen Aull and Senior Airman Todd Getz, 27th Communications Squadron, examine the Tactical Air Navigation system they successfully repaired Aug. 20. Senior Master Sgt. Brian Roberts Air Force Smart Operations 21 (AFSO 21) is an initiative with which most Airmen are familiar. It is a focus on what Airmen […]

Blood donors in short supply

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors recently hasn’t left local hospitals lacking yet but the trend has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas has recently gone on critical […]

Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala Aquifer, which is accessed by drilling 300 to 400 feet, depending on location. “Because of that, you don’t have […]