Municipal election candidates file

The following candidates filed by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday for the March 2 Portales municipal election: Mayor: • Gary L. Watkins • Steven R. Davis • Sharon L. King • Dennis Lopez Ward A Councilor: • Antonio O. Salguero (incumbent) Ward B Councilor: • Oscar H. Robinson • Antonio Roque Sanchez Jr. • Calvin […]

Base official: Affordable housing needed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base keeps growing. But Cannon officials have concerns about whether affordable housing can keep up. Personnel from the base met with community members and elected officials Tuesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Library to talk about the population increase for Cannon — at least 1,500 over the […]

County road funding likely will be slashed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Roosevelt County is facing state funding cuts that will limited it to repairing about half as many road surfaces as in past years. The issue came before the Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the county received about $432,000 from three Local […]

Press Release: State unveiling ENMU license plate

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will issue two special license plates this week in recognition of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase two of the storied educational institutions in New Mexico,” said Taxation & Revenue Secretary […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Joking around and Muleshoe’s “Muletrain.”

Good morning! It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Good for a laugh… it’s Joking around. Muletrain musing Muleshoe’s homespun TV 6 features Gill Lamb’s

Hounds fall to Fort Lewis 82-59

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the game well in Fort Lewis’ hands, a loose ball rolled all the way down to the other sideline. When the referee jokingly ordered Greyhounds guard Jimmie Marshall to go get the ball, Marshall joked back that he was tired. Marshall’s jest seemed to fit the evening, as […]

Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy […]

Failed substation underwent routine maintenance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend power outage was last tested in November 2008. Reeves said Monday that he spoke to the substation manager, who explained substations are on a five-year maintenance schedule. It passed in November 2008 and was scheduled for more […]

Hunter education course scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A hunter education course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30-31 in Portales The course includes firearm safety, bow hunting, hunter responsibilities, wildlife identification and management, and field survival. Under state law, anyone under 18 who hunts with a firearm must complete the course. A donation of $5 per […]

It’s their job: Portales man fulfills dream of helping others

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Cody Padgett is a six-year firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. He moved from Lubbock in 1994. Padgett has training in two levels of firefighting and as a hazardous material technician. He is in paramedic school, which will take him a step up from his current intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training. “We’re always going to […]