Friday morning briefing: Wildfire smoke help and the battle of Gettysburg

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Smoke help The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents that there are toll free numbers they can call to discuss health-related or mental health concerns due to wildfires burning in New Mexico.

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Press release: Spring 2011 forecast includes more wild weather

State College, Pa. — 3 March 2011 — AccuWeather reports the AccuWeather.com forecast for Spring 2011 calls for more wild weather for the U.S. The biggest concerns center around expectations of an active severe weather season, the spreading of a severe drought and a high wildfire danger, and, as always, threats for flooding. Paul Pastelok, […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Area educators discuss budget concerns

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State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and unpaid furloughs for teachers. Over 50 district superintendents and school board members — the Eastern New Mexico Educational Research Council — gathered at Portales High School to discuss […]

Dual-credit, remedial education top concerns at town hall meeting

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Argen Duncan Continued support for dual-credit programs, universities’ autonomy and what to do about remedial courses rose to the top of discussion topics at the Higher Education Department Town Hall meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. The department is collecting public input from around New Mexico for a statewide higher education master plan. Secretary […]

Mascot care called into question

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer More greyhound advocates have stepped forward to express concerns about the welfare of the incoming Eastern New Mexico University mascots. But the university president insists the canines will be well cared for. President Steven Gamble said the dogs are scheduled to arrive the first week of December.

Local schools address swine flue concerns

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s flu season and the recent death of a Roosevelt County infant has raised concerns in Portales. But school and emergency management officials said Tuesday the number of students calling in sick from flu-like symptoms is about the usual experienced this time of year. Still, the amount of absences […]

County commission hears speeding concerns

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Roosevelt County Commission agreed Tuesday to look into installing speed limit, children playing and cattle warning signs on Roosevelt Road AG near Floyd. Roosevelt Road AG resident Karen McCaslin asked for the signs, citing concerns for increased activity along the road and fast traffic. “It has increased […]

Inmate health care, city ditch on commission’s agenda

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jail inmate medical care and safety concerns about a city drainage ditch at the intersection of two county roads are set to come before the Roosevelt County Commission today. The commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse. County residents are asking the commission for help […]

State officials address residents’ water concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Northeast New Mexico water region has two issues to balance — a growing population and a shrinking base of local water to satisfy that population, state officials said at a Tuesday night meeting. Representatives from the Interstate Stream Commission and the Office of the State Engineer […]

Garage sale date changed

PNT Staff Report The date of the garage sale to help fund the new non-profit Focused and Full of Hope: The Kacee Lovato Foundation has been changed to March 21 due to weather concerns, said organizer Debbie Christiansen. The sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1115 S. Abilene St. To donate: […]

Portales’ country roads eyesore

I live three miles west of Portales. As the population grows outside the city limits, so do my concerns about the piling up of trash and tumbleweeds. It’s not only an eyesore, but a fire danger. Our county officials need to look into controlling this problem because it looks like individuals won’t do it. There […]

Lujan thanks area supporters, hears concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico

Annual smokeout event encourages quitting

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Prompted by the concerns of his 6-year-old son, Cannon Air Force Base tech sergeant Eugene Von Bon is trying to quit smoking. “My son started figuring it out,” said Von Bon, who is in charge of the dental center at the base. “He knows his grandma died of cancer, […]

West Nile concerns rise with rainfall

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer

Mayor expresses concerns on pipeline project costs

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Concerns about financial responsibility and debt incurred with funding for the Ute Pipe Line dominated discussion Tuesday at Portales City Hall. During the regular meeting Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his concerns about committing money on loans on a project not yet federally funded. “This project began with […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

Weather concerns cause schedule adjustment

The scheduled series between the Eastern New Mexicio University baseball team and West Texa A&M has been adjusted due to inclement weather forecast for the Canyon, Texas area this weekend. The teams will open their series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. MST Friday and play a second doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.