Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer

Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting.

The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields.

The land would be fenced off and inaccessible to anyone not a member of the Portales Bowhunters Club, according to club committee member Herschell Nixon. The club wanted a sanctioned outdoor complex to hold state competition to go along with the indoor events at the Portales Recreation Center.

In other business, council:

• Approved the executing of a community development block grant that would implement Global Information System mapping technology. The mapping project would show natural gas, water, utility and sewer lines.
• Approved an addition to the animal shelter. There are 75 to 150 animals picked up by animal control each month, but the Portales Animal Shelter can hold only 20 to 25, according to city officials.
• Approved a $55,000 grant for local DWI program. Of the $55,000, $38,300 came from the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration and $16,700 came from the city’s budget. The grant provides funding for administration of countywide screening and compliance monitoring/tracking for DWI offenders. It also provides for coordination, planning and evaluation of DWI offenders.
• Tabled action on a proposal by a Texas company to build a new residence hall at ENMU. It would be the first privately owned college dormitory in the state.