County enacts local fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

Bush OKs Head Start renewal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor President Bush’s signature on a five-year renewal of Head Start, the federal preschool program for children in poverty, drew sighs of relief Wednesday in eastern New Mexico. “I was so excited. It was a long wait,” Eastern Plains Head Start Director Mary Rose Jimenez said. The latest update to […]

Board discusses corrective action

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal School officials say state-hired consultants recently visited two schools in the district that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress and reported that, overall, they were both doing a good job. Prinicipals from two of the three schools in the district under corrective action after not making AYP […]

Council receives unexpected funds

PNT Staff Report Unexpected money rained down on the Portales City Council from Santa Fe during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting. It came in the form of a state legislature appropriation for $120,026 that Jim Good, director of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, had been unaware of previously. He said he was recently contacted by the […]

City hears emergency options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A reverse 911 system in Portales could be activated before the end of the year while new emergency warning sirens could be installed by spring, according to local officials. Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger gave Portales City Councilors an update the project which he has been working […]

Hardin’s contract renewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Following a lengthy executive session, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew County Manager Charlene Hardin’s contract for four years. “We’re all extremely satisfied with the county manager and pleased with the work she’s done,” said long-time commissioner David Sanders. As a part of the contract, Hardin’s salary will […]

10-25 Local Briefs

Senate passes funding request The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill, which includes a request from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.M., for $1 million in funding for Eastern New Mexico University. The bill will now be sent to a conference committee to reconcile differences between it and […]

Regents OK Natatorium renovation plans

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A $1.5 million renovation of Eastern New Mexico University’s natatorium received formal approval Friday from the board of regents at their regular meeting. Scott Smart, vice president for Business Affairs at ENMU, told regents an inadequate heating and cooling system installed when it was built in 1958 has resulted […]

Meetings watch: City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday evening for their regularly scheduled meeting. Items on the agenda were short and the meeting moved quickly. • A presentation was made by Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico, and board member Leo Lovett on the progress of the organization. • The city council […]

Lobbyist: Health care hot topic for 2008

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A lobbyist for the Roosevelt County Commissioners believes health care will be at the forefront of next year’s 30-day legislative session. Mike Miller of Portales told commissioners Tuesday indigent funds and health care reform are possibly the biggest things to watch out for in 2008, but he is doubtful […]