Road crewman struck, killed by construction vehicle

Freedom Newspapers A Socorro-area man was struck and killed by a road construction vehicle Thursday morning on U.S. 60/84 west of St. Vrain, according to state police. Melvin Lucero, 56, of Polvadera, an employee of Cutler Construction, was working as part of a road crew when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., according to […]

Bingaman seeks funds for Cannon

PNT Staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today outlined his fiscal year 2006 spending priorities for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. In a letter to top Senate appropriators, Bingaman requested $5.5 million to upgrade the Munitions Storage Area at Cannon Air Force Base. The current munitions maintenance facility, which provide for […]

Cheese plant still on schedule

By Ryan Lengerich Above average rain totals in January has not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on scheduled to be up and running by October, said Maurice Keane, chief executive officer of Southwest Cheese. […]

Holiday Inn construction bids sought

By Tony Parra The new Holiday Inn Express hotel is still in the works and developers are hoping to begin construction within 30 days. The architectural designs were approved by the construction industries division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department last week. Tushar Patel is a developer for TNJ Management, which is building […]

City council makes changes to street repair plans

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials approved a change order on Tuesday during the city meeting to a project which would allow the city to use an excess amount of money from a Community Development Block Grant to make further street improvements. The original grant agreement awarded the City of Portales $457,882 […]

Domenici expects money for Cannon to be approved shortly

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Monday said he fully expects President Bush to quickly sign into law a military construction bill that includes $9.5 million he secured to construct a consolidated airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The Senate on Monday […]

Cheese plant set to fill vacancies

By Mike Linn Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese Plant. The plant’s engineer said he doesn’t miss the traffic and long trek involved with his former job at Dean Foods in Los Angeles, and is looking […]

Rain creates obstacles for some in Portales

By Tony Parra The rain has hit the eastern side of New Mexico and brought about healthy rain amounts to an area which has suffered the last few years due to lack of rain. The rain has made farmers, yardsmen and university groundskeepers happy, but it has given construction and street workers another obstacle. The […]

Wilhoit announces floodplain certification

By Tony Parra Portales Economic Development Manager Darla Wilhoit earned certification as Floodplain Manager, which Wilhoit said is one of the factors which helps keep flood insurance rates low for Portales. The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Wilhoit said previous city inspector Doug Rapp was also a certified floodplain manager. […]

Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]

Huffman answers construction questions

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation and Portales contractors have heard a buzz from Portales residents concerned about local jobs going to Clovis constructors for the new Roosevelt County Chamber of Business Center in the downtown plaza. RCCDC officials selected LCI 2 Inc. out of Clovis to do the construction work or contract […]

Old Cannon buildings are becoming more modernized

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Nov. 12, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Habitat for Humanity works to increase volunteer numbers

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We […]

Cheese plant construction to start by New Year’s

Eric Butler By Eric Butler Freedom Newspapers Correspondent Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant north of Portales is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been […]

Wind farm headed to Tucumcari

Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. The […]

Portales roads under construction

By Angela Peacock Construction is under way on the first of three City of Portales street maintenance projects. Joe Perry, Portales’ street superintendent, said cost for the projects is $65,000. He said the state pays 75 percent of costs, with the city paying the balance. Road crews are expected to have Avenue E repaved from […]