Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Portales City Hall. At the meeting: • Wendell Bostwick, Curry County’s representative and a county commissioner, said he has been approached by smaller communities within Curry County on how to transfer some of their reserved water rights at the Ute Reservoir. Scott […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves inmate agreement

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and commissioners: • Approved an agreement to house Roosevelt County inmates in for Lea County. Under the agreement, Roosevelt County could send adults for $100 a day and female juveniles for $125 a day. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the county has an agreement to house inmates […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

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Board of Education At its meeting Monday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building, the Portales Board of Education: • adopted a resolution refinancing outstanding general obligation bonds at a lower interest rate. Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and Co., the district’s investment firm, said the interest rates for the 2001 bond issue would […]

Meetings watch: Council OKs agreement for Prairie Walk Subdivision

During Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting councilors: • Approved a resolution to continue membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Government through 2011 at a cost of $2,577 a year. Councilor Gary Watkins was asked to retain his role as a member and Councilor Oscar Robinson was named as an alternate. • Approved a liquor […]

Meetings watch: ENMRWA

Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Melrose City Hall. • Project Manager Scott Verhines said he was happy the authority was included as part of the joint land use study being undertaken by Cannon Air Force Base and neighboring municipalities. He said the Ute Water […]

Meetings watch: Hospital board

During the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday, the board: • Heard the financial report from Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens. The hospital showed a revenue increase of $150,000 for inpatient care in March, but bad debt and accounts receivable also increased. • Approved J.W. Anderson and Associates of Lubbock for a one-year contract […]

Meetings watch: School board

The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met Monday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board: • approved a joint use agreement with the city of Portales for the Portales High School Baseball Field, Wheeler Park Girls Softball Field and Bill Wahlman Tennis Courts. The board approves such an agreement each year to […]

Committee encourages schools to watch costs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think greener. Those were some of the perspectives offered by the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority at Monday’s meeting of Region V of the New Mexico School Board Association. Superintendents and school board representatives from the 13 school districts in the region met at Clovis High […]

Meetings watch: Local Growth Management Committee

The Local Growth Management Committee met Tuesday at the Clovis Police Department. • The committee approved the usage of a $133,030 grant from the Office of Economic adjustment, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The money will be used for a regional growth planner position, with up to $90,000 budgeted. Portales Community Affairs Coordinator […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt General Hospital Board

During the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Thursday at RGH, the board: • Heard from Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens that the clinic revenue was up and expenses for the month were normal. Under its hospital-based rural health clinic designation, the clinic is able to bill Medicaid for about $60,000, the expected amount, Stevens […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

Neighborhood Watch programs in works

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Tech. Sgt. Ernie Revell, left, and Portales Police Lt. Mark Cage answer questions during a Neighborhood Watch meeting held Feb. 18 in Portales at Cannon Meadows. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Residents of Cannon Air Force Base 801 Housing communities in Clovis and Portales are working to start neighborhood watch programs. […]

Monday morning briefing: Winter storm watch

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Please note: The National Weather Service has a winter storm watch in effect through Tuesday. Web site of the day http://twitter.com/chamberclovis Follow the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Twitter. Video game Web site of the week Game: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Genre: Adventure System: DS […]

Meetings watch: City council approves zoning for proposed subdivision

PNT staff During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • approved a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance for zoning classification for the new Prairie Walk Subdivision. The plan is for four four-unit townhouses, a total of 16 homes, on 2.1 acres of land south of the city Recreation Complex […]

Federal Web watch poor proposition

Freedom New Mexico The phrase “net neutrality” has an ingratiating appeal. Net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission would “prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information” over their networks, the Associated Press reports. Proposed rules also would “bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. … from […]

Simple thinking makes life bliss

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Simple thinking makes life bliss There are globally astute, politically tuned, conscientiously correct people who watch C-Span and write letters to the editor. When the letter “A” is flashed before their eyes they immediately think Ahmadinejad (president of Iran), ambassador or Al Gore. Whereas when I see the letter “A,” […]

Homemade devices best left at home

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Those of you who watch television appreciate the increasing presence of “hard-sell, direct-buy” commercials on the cable and satellite networks. The pitch involves an inventive but cheaply produced product like squeegees, stick-on light bulbs, sunglasses, vegetable choppers, political promises and collision chasing lawyers. “Only $19.95! It will peel grapes, oranges, […]

Commentary: Important to watch well-being of others

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs

Area under severe thunderstorm watch

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Quay counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. (MDT) Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter pointed at a blue van driving down North Oak street in front of their home. “Bless their hearts, they took off after her,” she recalled, describing how, like a flash, […]