Elida, Texico face loss of grant money

Argen Duncan The towns of Elida and Texico are facing the loss of grant money, and further stalling on key projects, and town representatives are blaming what they say are unreasonable requirements from the New Mexico Environment Department. If the towns can’t meet state requirements due to the loss of the money to finish the […]

Yes Obama, we will cling to our guns

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist People who live in Chicago, Washington D.C., or San Francisco inner cities lock their doors at night. They are careful where they travel within the city. They all have friends who have been mugged, had homes burglarized, cars stolen or lives taken. They travel the city in crowds like schools […]

My turn: Melrose robbery not first for small towns

Last week’s daring daylight bank robbery in Melrose was hardly the first for a small town in eastern New Mexico. The end result — multiple suspects captured before they had a chance to enjoy the loot — is also a familiar refrain. The First National Bank of Elida was robbed of $3,277 just after noon […]

My turn: Small towns still memorable

I grew up in Muleshoe and in 1979 started writing about small towns in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. Name a town located between Canadian, Texas, and Melrose, and I’ll tell you something memorable about it. Here’s one of the things I think about when I think about … … Portales: Dallan Sanders, […]

Albuquerque Journal halts local home deliveries

Freedom New Mexico Falling on hard financial times, the Albuquerque Journal is canceling distribution of its paper to more than 30 New Mexico towns including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The paper will terminate home delivery and rack sales in outlying communities on Jan. 31 because of falling advertising revenue and rising production and shipping costs, […]

Portales gains new retail, rental store

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership, offering a variety of furniture, electronics, computers and appliances, opened its doors Friday on South Avenue C in Portales. A grand opening is planned later this month, according to store officials. Store manager David Phillips comes to the brand new store from El Paso, […]

Small towns at risk

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By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do have the prospect of ghost towns in the future with the Ogallala Aquifer drying up,” said Lee Tillman, executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “Elida, for example, is at risk because they don’t […]