Smokers put out your butts

Freedom Newspapers To puff or not to puff. That’s the question many smokers are faced with today during the Great American Smoke Out, a day designated to help smokers to kick the habit — if not for good — for at least a day. Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has staged the event on [...]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance [...]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at [...]

Ute Water Project making progress

Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for the [...]

Chamber banquet honors community

Tony Parra Award winners announced at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet have two things in common — they’re all successful and they all attribute that success to their community. Robert Encinas, Dennis Edwards and Thom Moore spent the night in the spotlight at the Memorial Building. Encinas, owner of Robert’s Television and [...]

County talks taxes for jail space

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting discussed the probability of raising taxes to fund additional space for the county detention center. The cost would run between $3.6 to $5.2 million depending on size. A couple of the options discussed to foot the bill would either be an increase of a gross receipt [...]

City cracking down on book borrowers

Mike Linn Local librarians scored a major victory in the never-ending battle to recoup books when the Portales City Council adopted an ordinance that would make not returning a book a petty misdemeanor. The ordinance passed by a 6-1 vote at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Council member Jake Lopez cast the lone no vote. [...]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus [...]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group [...]

Two fires burn area homes

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PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department reports no injuries but extensive damage to two homes that burned over the weekend. A single home on Saturday afternoon at 1704 New Mexico 236 was engulfed in flames and is no longer livable, Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault said. The home belonged to Jamie Banda Sr. Chenault said he [...]