Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Argen Duncan Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning […]

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Fifth Fridays joint community event

The Portales Arts Council, Portales MainStreet and City of Portales Cultural Affairs have teamed up to bring city residents Fifth Fridays, a new Portales event which will happen on the last Friday of every five-week month The first “Fifth Friday” is Sept. 30, with potential followups Dec. 30 and March 30, 2012. Event Chair Dawn […]

Portales water restrictions effective immediately

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PNT staff Due to drought conditions, high temperatures and low water levels, the City of Portales announced Sunday that Water Emergency Rationing Restrictions were being placed on the city effective immediately. The restrictions include the following: • No outdoor landscape watering, except for trees and shrubs with shut off hose and hand held containers. • […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day. “Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after […]

Emergency water restrictions remain in place

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Alisa Boswell An emergency alert prohibiting outdoor water use for Portales residents was issued Wednesday morning but Xcel Energy officials were still without a definitive answer on what caused loss of power at one city well, triggering a shutdown of all 28 wells. The alert was issued when an electrical breaker at one city well […]

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

Rodeo family affair for steer wrestlers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Silver City on Thursday, Clovis on Friday, and Window Rock, Ariz., on Saturday. And Mexican Springs for a quick break. That’s one of the patterns most summers for the Bates family, who made their annual stop at the Pioneer Days Rodeo on Friday night. The trio, who all competed […]

City to start testing tornado sirens

Alisa Boswell Beginning today, Portales will be testing its tornado sirens at noon every first and third Thursday of the month to ensure the city’s mass notification system is fully operational and all Roosevelt County residents are able to hear alerts. “We want to make sure our equipment is functioning and we are doing it […]

Residents bring street concerns to city council

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Alisa Boswell Confusion about which way to drive down a street residents say is confusing is prompting city action. At issue is the 900 block of North Avenue I. Homeowners say it is a nuisance for some and possibly an accident waiting to happen. Avenue I resident Antonio Salguero said the road was made a […]

Rural charm wears off on city folk

We rural folks, especially in the American Southwest, are uncomfortably aware of an interesting phenomenon. City people, looking for escape from the busy, noisy urban life, come to the rural areas. They observe the pastoral, rustic lifestyle and want it for their own. So they purchase or build a home in their chosen promised land. […]

Our people: Nicole Thornton represents Portales as the city’s community affairs coordinator

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Nicole Thornton was the Community Affairs Coordinator for the city of Portales until Friday. Her husband received orders from the Air Force back to Florida so the couple will be returning home. Thornton said there is no such thing as a typical day for the community affairs coordinator. “I enjoy that every day is different […]

City seeking input with online quality of life survey

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Alisa Boswell A new Quality of Life Survey on the city’s website, asking Portales citizens to respond questions about activities and entertainment in Portales. Chris Taylor, Quality of Life Committee member, said the board was started last fall with the intention of coming up with ways to improve life in Portales. “As we all started […]

Cities meet for legislative update

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Argen Duncan City officials from four counties met for a legislative update Monday in Portales. The New Mexico Municipal League held a district meeting at the Memorial Building. District 4 encompasses municipalities in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties, and Portales City Manager Tom Howell estimated 50 people attended from all four counties. Portales […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Code enforcement officer keeps city clean

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Alisa Boswell In a day in the life of Portales Code Enforcement Officer Brandi Morgan, one man’s treasure is often his own hazard. It’s Morgan’s job to tell Portales residents when they are violating a city ordinance and why. These ordinances include weed overgrowth and the accumulation of trash, stagnant water, dense smoke and anything […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

DWI patrols planned

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI saturation patrols Saturday, and a DWI checkpoint on Friday, according to a release from the department. The saturation patrols will take place 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, while the checkpoint will follow 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Both measures will take […]

Clovis mayor to discuss state of city

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield will deliver the annual state of the city address 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The address is intended to inform citizens and accomplishments and activities of the last year and to answer questions about the upcoming year. The address will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6. Information: 769-7828.