Council members discuss city water use

Michellle Seeber The average Portales resident uses 180 gallons of water each day without industrial use, a consultant hired by the city said Tuesday. Charles Wilson, who conducted studies of water usage in Portales and where additional water supplies might be found, made the statement Tuesday during a presentation to the Portales City Council on [...]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to [...]

Roosevelt twin called ‘good ole boy’

By Tony Parra Charley Elbert “Dude” Hill was a “good ole boy,” according to his twin brother and friend, Harley Delbert “Pug” Hill of Portales. Charley and Harley lived in the Roosevelt County community for 74 years. They worked together on the farm, driving tractors and established a dirt moving and land leveling business. It [...]

Obits Aug. 26

Charley Hill, 79 Mr. Charley Elbert Hill, 79, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 3, 1924, in Maud, Texas, to Effie and Charley Hill. Mr. Hill was one of two sets of twins. The Hills moved to Roosevelt County about 1929. In 1943 [...]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those [...]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis [...]

Officials work on long-term water plan

By Mike Linn Portales city officials are hoping to secure the city’s water future with a three-pronged approach, emphasizing conservation, funding for a regional pipeline and the ongoing search for areas to drill into the Ogallala Aquifer. The city’s 40-year water plan, prepared by consultant Charles Wilson of Santa Fe, estimates the city will be [...]