County cooking ideas to replace heat/air system

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Commissioners are considering a new heating and air conditioning system in the county courthouse to replace the building’s 30-year-old one. Commissioners gave County Administrator Charlene Hardin approval during their meeting Tuesday morning to submit a loan application to New Mexico Finance Authority to begin the process […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]

County commissioners ponder pay increases, budget

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners favor a 5-percent pay increase for most county employees as part of the 2006-2007 budget. Salaries for elected officials are still up for debate. “The bottom line actually looks better this year than it has in the last four years,” County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. “Gross […]

Combs given OK to start work on subdivision

By Tony Parra Larry Combs, owner of Combs Properties, received all the necessary approvals to begin construction on a development just south of Golden Acres Retirement Apartments. Portales city councilors approved the subdivision final plat Tuesday. There are 28 lots on the 8.25 acres of the proposed development. Sammy Standefer, Portales planning director, said there […]

City council approves 28-lot subdivision

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved a preliminary plat Tuesday for a housing development which would have 28 lots in Portales. Larry Combs, the Portales developer, is proposing a housing subdivision for property located on West 22nd Street abutting the northeast portion of Yucca subdivision. There are approximately 28 lots on the 8.25 acres. […]

City council approves pay raises

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales city councilors approved pay increases for city personnel during Tuesday’s city meeting, which for some city employees will be reflected in their next paycheck. City councilors approved the increase of the salary of the municipal judge from $15,500 a year to $20,000 a year effective on March […]

City approves skatepark site near Recreation Center

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved the north side of the Portales Recreation Center as the new location for the Portales Skatepark during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We would like to see the park moved from it’s location,” Mary Carvey, a member of the Portales Skatepark Organization, said. “We want to completely […]

City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the […]

Portales starts 2006 with vote on mil levy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A number of elections affecting Portales residents will take place in 2006 beginning with an election to decide whether to keep a mil levy tax used to help the Portales School District officials with improvements to the district. During 2006 elections for New Mexico governor, Portales mayor and Portales […]

Commissioners to vote on gross receipts tax increase

By Kent Graves: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners will vote June 21 on an ordinance that, if approved, will increase the county gross receipts tax and raise county revenues by an estimated $115,000 a year. A public hearing was held on Ordinance 05-03 yesterday in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

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 […]