Commission looks at tax increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners are looking at increases in taxes to help pay for increasing expenditures for the services provided by the county. Commissioners approved the intent to implement a 1/16 tax increment increase to the gross receipt tax to help balance the budget. The 1/16 gross receipt tax would mean an additional […]

First beer and wine license sought

By Tony Parra The first beer and wine license for the City of Portales needs only approval from the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Commission to be granted. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors held a public hearing in regards to the beer and wine license during Tuesday night’s city meeting. There was no opposition […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

ENMU announces tuition increase for 2005-06

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble met with members of the Board of Regents in Ruidoso, which resulted in an increase in tuition and board expenses along with pay increases for ENMU staff. The transition from instructional center to campus status was approved by the 2005 New Mexico […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]

Land sale approved

By Tony Parra City councilors during Tuesday’s city council meeting approved a resolution for the sale of city property to a Portales attorney to create offices for his law firm in the downtown area. Councilors approved the sale of 301 S. Ave. A. for $5,000 to Eric Dixon. City Attorney Stephen Doerr said the real […]

Commission agrees to terms for wind farm bonds

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday approved to go into negotiations with Padoma Wind and Power on land use in Roosevelt County to build a wind farm and a resolution for the issuance of industrial revenue bonds. County attorney Randy Knudson said he has been in consultations with Mike Groshek, an industrial […]

Voters OK G.O. bonds

By Ryan Lengerich A school bond that will designate $8 million to Eastern New Mexico University was approved by New Mexico voters on Tuesday. Bond B will allocate $94.5 million to colleges statewide and raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state Board of Finance. […]

Brown Elementary receives kindergarten funds

By Tony Parra A New Mexico legislative committee approved a $2.5 million boost for the construction additions to the Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, according to a press release on Tuesday. Rep. Jose Campos made the announcement on Tuesday in the form of a press release. The $2.5 million will go to create a […]

School board decides on seating

By Kevin Wilson Three inches, and $20,000 in savings, made more of an impact than 60 chairs on the Portales School Board at Monday night’s meeting. The board approved a purchase from Norcon of New Mexico for seating as part of a renovation for the Portales High School Auditorium. The proposal from Norcon covers the […]