Voters express election issues

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Christina Calloway Water conservation was a main concern voiced by registered voters in Portales as an issue they want addressed by the city council candidates running for office in the March 6 election. Issues involving Portales children, including education and recreation, were also areas of concern. Here is what some voters had to say:

Community thanksgiving

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Alisa Boswell More than 400 families, seniors and individuals from surrounding areas, including Farwell and Muleshoe, Texas, among Curry and Roosevelt County residents, attend the annual Portales Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is in its ninth year. “We were talking one day and each of our churches had a Thanksgiving dinner and we thought why not […]

ENMU to receive grant

Eastern New Mexico University is one of eight New Mexico colleges receiving part of $5 million in grant money to increase enrollment and graduation rates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., ENMU will receive $615,226 from the U.S. Department of Education. Other […]

In some areas technology can wait

Kevin Wilson I have a list. It’s not on any piece of paper, or any task list on my phone or computer. It’s in my mind, titled, “Things I Must Do While Visiting Montana.” While visiting Montana last month, I tackled the list — including restaurants, landmarks and a small baseball park about 40 minutes […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Rainstorm soaks Portales

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CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s something other areas of the country refer to as “rain.” While it was far from a deluge, Thursday night’s rainfall — and the rainfall in Roosevelt County that preceded it over the past few […]

Dorm demolition about to start

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Alisa Boswell The demolition of Lincoln Hall on Eastern New Mexico University campus will begin Monday after the last of asbestos has been removed from the building. Demolition was due to begin on June 1, but due to finding additional asbestos in hidden areas, the removal took extra time, according to Scott Smart, ENMU vice […]

Counties placed on fire restrictions

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restrictions Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II example of courage

Within minutes of The Vatican announcing the beatification of Pope John Paul II a few weeks ago, all hotel rooms in Rome and surrounding areas, were reportedly sold out and Vatican officials are expecting up to two million people to attend this historic event on May 1. JPII’s fast-track to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI […]

Feb. 15 — Dora news

NAEP testing All Dora students in eighth grade will be taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress 10 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Assessments will be conducted in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and United States history. NAEP testing is done periodically, in order to provide a picture of academic […]

County wells producing less water

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Bowl game part of ‘overload’ problem

Clyde Davis I’m not a likely candidate to complain about too much football on TV, or too much sports in general. In fact, confronted with the frequent wasteland that occupies the “Glass Teat”, in Harlan Ellison’s terms, sports is often the best available option. However, it seemed a bit ludicrous, (though I watched it anyway), […]

Local experts provide winter tips

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Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work can turn into to slipping and sliding. According to Xcel Energy, there are various small tasks a person can perform to keep energy bills lower during […]

ENMU flat in all areas in loss at Southwestern

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo didn’t offer a complicated explanation for the Greyhounds’ surprising 21-10 Lone Star Conference North Division loss to Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Weatherford, Okla. The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 North) simply outplayed ENMU, reducing the Hounds’ potent attack to one-dimensional and putting together just enough […]

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]