N.M. budget looking low for future

David Arkin: PNT Correspondent A financial committee’s prediction that New Mexico might face up to a $170 million budget shortfall by 2006 would create difficult spending decisions for the state, a local lawmaker said. The Legislative Finance Committee, which released on Tuesday its five-year forecast, claims government spending is expected to outpace revenues by about […]

Board approves addition for school

Tony Parra Budget discussions dominated Tuesday night’s Portales Municipal School Board meeting. School board members approved an agreement between the school district and Greer Stafford Inc. for a new wing at Brown Early Childhood Center. The agreement requires the project not exceed the allocated $1.5 million before taxes. “(Cost) is going to be on a […]

Tearful hearing ends with denial

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Tony Parra In an emotional proceeding, Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley denied Deanna Willis’ request to have her sentence of four years in prison reduced on Tuesday. Willis was forgiven by her victim’s husband, Don Hoover, but the court could not be as lenient. Assistant District Attorney Donna Mowher said the court did not […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

Scholars honored at awards ceremony

Michelle Seeber “Hoss” Bichsel, a 22-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University, was one of several students who won two or more scholarships Tuesday at the college’s Scholarship and Awards Ceremony held at the Campus Union Ballroom. Bischel’s scholarships were the Malott Music Scholarship for $600 and the Donald V. Paschke Young Singer Award for […]

Cannon youth recognized by state official at townhall meeting

Jack King Two Cannon Air Force Base youths received Congressional Award bronze medals Monday from U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, N.M., during a townhall meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Patrick Adams and Collin Randall each completed 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness training and […]

Native Americans celebrate culture

Helena Rodriguez “Honoring Our Past, Present and Future” is the theme for Native American Awareness Week that kicks off at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday, April 12. The third annual Fashion Show & Banquet and a first time Royalty Day featuring Native American queens from around the Southwest, will highlight this year’s events, which […]

Past deputies take issue with Gossett

Kevin Wilson Two former deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office agree that budget shortfalls are a problem within the department. However, they say that’s not why they left, taking issue with statements made last week by Sheriff Tom Gossett. Gossett said last week his department is underfunded and was a key reason why deputies […]

Housing Fair to help citizens become homeowners

Tony Parra The Housing Fair will take place throughout the day on Saturday with Portales city officials on a quest to research how many prospective home buyers there are in Portales. “We’re bringing in folks from different organizations,” Portales mayor Orlando Ortega said. “These folks have been gathered through our efforts in creating the home […]

Recent rain helps farmers, not roads

Tony Parra April showers have brought about much needed rain to the eastern plains of New Mexico. But with it comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The good The rain has helped farmers who begin growing crops in April. Joe Whitehead, a district conservationist, said wheat is the crop growing in April. He […]