Board sets meeting to discuss AYP results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School Board agreed to become proactive with information regarding AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) reports by holding a special board meeting just to present and discuss the report this year. At its regular meeting Monday the board approved the recommendation by Superintendent Randy Fowler to hold the […]

Regents renew president’s contract

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Regents rehired President Steven Gamble’s and heard a report outlining the potential for a drop in enrollment this fall at a Saturday meeting in Portales. The board of regents approved a one-year renewal of Gamble’s contract with a raise of 5.8 percent bringing his annual […]

Superintendent says hiring on schedule

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler told the school board at its regular meeting Thursday that hiring of staff was on schedule and looking good overall. He announced that Mark McAfee has been named athletic director and coaches for the new high school soccer program had been hired and […]

County wants to increase efforts in RCCD

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners agreed with Roosevelt County Community Development leadership that striking while the iron is hot is a good economic development strategy. Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the county’s membership in the RCCD to two positions at $15,000 per seat as the group reorganized and hired a recruiter. […]

School board seeks election

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education set the wheels in motion to try and build a new elementary school which would replace Lindsey and Steiner elementaries by the fall of 2009. At Monday’s regular meeting the board voted to pursue a bond election in September and OK’d a […]

May 13, 1960

• Roosevelt County school teachers were to receive a $200 a year increase in salaries. • An approved Quarter Horse show would be held in conjunction with the 1960 Roosevelt County Fair. According to fair board members, the show would be approved by the National Quarter Horse Association.

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Portales City Councilors: • Issued a proclamation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. • Approved a resolution closing out a Community Development Block Grant project for Geographic Information Service technology. • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement for projects funded in the 2007 Legislature. […]

Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also […]

Portales hires recruiter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales City Council selected the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. to provide economic development services for the city. Four providers were evaluated by a committee appointed by the council. The focus of the memorandum of agreement with RCCDC will be to provide the mechanism to hire an economic […]

Board honors past members

PNT Staff Report Past Portales Municipal School Board members will be honored with a new plaque displayed in the board room. Michael Terry, principal at James Elementary, updated the board on the progress for the updated board member wall at Monday’s board meeting. Terry showed off the new plaque, created by Clyde Powell, which shows […]

Council sees no opposition

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council received no public opposition concerning matters on the agenda during its regular meeting held in council chambers Tuesday night. • The council voted to approve the preliminary plat for Desert Oasis subdivision without curbcuts. • Changes were approved concerning the rules and regulations of the Portales Cemetery. • […]

Board approves new books, materials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A months-long process of evaluating new text books and materials for math and fine arts in Portales Municipal Schools came to an end Monday as the school board approved the selections. The process involved a wide range of faculty and staff as well as parents in making the evaluation […]

Council requests more information

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors tossed a preliminary subdivision plat approval back to city staff and the planning commission Tuesday, looking for more information. Desert Oasis Subdivision, proposed by David Sanders of Portales, seeks a mixed-use development with up to three commercial lots and an undetermined number of residential lots on […]

Resident fired up over burn ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners tabled a proposed burn ordinance Tuesday following a public hearing in which one resident did a slow burn over the proposed law. The ordinance called for a year-round burn ban that can be lifted by resolution when conditions warrant. Roosevelt County resident Hal Jilek views the […]

Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring […]

Commissioners tour jail facility

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a brief regular meeting Thursday, Roosevelt County Commissioners got a tour of the addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had lunch at the facility. Commissioners approved construction in the spring to alleviate overcrowding. According to RCDC Administrator Jesse Luera, construction progress on the $3.3 million facility […]

Traffic concerns top agenda at quarterly luncheon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Engineers involved with the city of Portales Transportation Plan got a taste of the public discussion to come Tuesday during presentations at three meetings. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque were the featured speakers at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon and […]

County commission meets

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the town of Elida Tuesday that will facilitate application for a state Community Block Development Grant that would provide the town with water system improvements. The county approved the agreement on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Tom Clark voting against the measure. Clark, […]

County commission assembles project list

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners pulled together their list of capital project priorities to be submitted to the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature at Tuesday’s board meeting. Roads were the top priority, as they have been in years past, and at County Administrator Charlene Hardin’s request, commissioners said they would work […]