Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]

$200 million cheese plant to bring jobs to Clovis/Portales microplex

By Gary Mitchell ALBUQUERQUE — A $200 million cheese plant will be built in Curry County and it will bring about 200 jobs to the Clovis/Portales microplex, local officials said Thursday morning. Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday morning unveiled the news that a site five miles south of Clovis would […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]

Tying up loose ends

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By Kevin Wilson Although the Roosevelt County Fair officially opens today, the fairgrounds were a busy place on Tuesday as people from every facet of the fair made their final preparations. Local businesses and organizations set up shop in the merchant’s building, with spots reserved months in advance through the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. […]

Infant girl killed in crash south of Portales

By Darrell Todd Maurina Elida police captured a truck driver wanted in connection with an early Tuesday crash south of Portales that killed a 2-week-old girl. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said Brian Moshier, 40, believed to be from Roswell, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of an […]

Commission wants poles moved

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By Mike Linn Three utility poles in the middle of a quiet, heat-baked dirt road a few miles south of Portales create what county officials say is a dangerous maze for automobile traffic. So at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting county, officials said they want Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative to move the poles out of […]

Water meeting set for tonight

By Jack King CLOVIS — State Engineer John D’Antonio said his office needs input from residents on regional water needs and has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting is one of 29 the Office of the State Engineer has scheduled statewide to get public input in […]

La Casa director recognized

By Mike Linn Before any money talk at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, Mayor Orlando Ortega presented two certificates of appreciation in recognition of Seferino Montano and his non-profit business, the La Casa Health Centers. Montano, executive director of the health center, has been serving the city of Portales in the current capacity for 27 […]