CEO: Cost, Texas hurdles for proposed super grid

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Phil Harris knows the concept of an electrical supergrid isn’t as tangible, say, as the potential opening of a retail store or restaurant. “No, you definitely wouldn’t want to wrap your hand around a power line,” Harris said. But the Tres Amigas project, of which New Mexico native Harris […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

Oct. 17, 1982

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Portales school system has received its new computer and equipment to be used for payroll, attendance, grading and class scheduling. The system, which cost $40,145.50, includes an IBM computer, a printer and three mini-terminals, purchased from IBM in Lubbock, Texas.

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One non-profit organization in Clovis, called Junctions, aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse […]

Inmate health care to be discussed at county meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County has negotiated a lower cost for detention center inmate health care and the county commission is set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept proposals. At the July 7 meeting, the commission authorized County Manager Charlene Hardin to negotiate with Correctional Health Care Management. The company submitted […]

Global warming numbers need re-examination

Freedom New Mexico If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it’d be a good idea to be sure there’s a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We’ve noted before that climate change is occurring as it […]

County will look into adding extra downtown parking spaces

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has voted to investigate the cost of reinstalling 10 parking spaces on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. At its meeting Tuesday in the courthouse, Commissioners Paul Grider, Bill Cathey and Jake Lopez voted to check into the cost. Commissioners Gene […]

Residents, veterans remember the cost of freedom

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “Blood will always be the cost of freedom.” In those words, Pastor Gary Piepkorn stated the significance of Memorial Day, adding that such is the case with both internal and external freedom. The pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church spoke at the United Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial […]

Despite economy, U.S. still thrives

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was in Colusa, Calif., in the beautiful Northern Sacramento Valley. Farmers are worried because of the lack of snowmelt in the surrounding mountains, which furnishes their irrigation water. Drought is a serious problem in many parts of the country. In times when conservation of water is so critical, how […]

Editorial: Envirnoment needs protection but at what cost?

There’s potentially good news on the environmental front out of Washington D.C., but it’s probably more than offset by a devastating announcement last week. First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency, when upgrading older power plants, may consider costs before demanding use of the most advanced technology, […]

Cost of expansion

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Bill seeks transparency on state spending

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State expenditures would be displayed online and searchable under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday, one of a few moves that would increase transparency in the Roundhouse this year. Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, who is carrying the measure (SB159), said it would make it easy for people to follow […]

Commission to consider new Legislature policy

PNT Staff Report At their meeting today, Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to consider a policy requiring capital outlay requests to the Legislature to come before the commission in advance if the county might need to act as fiscal agent in the project. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Holiday cookout could cost more

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The overall price of groceries is up, but careful shoppers can still find bargains for that Memorial Day weekend barbecue. The Associated Press reports that the price of an average barbecue could cost 6 percent more than last year. Tim Russell, the manager of Russell’s Super Save, estimates that […]

Taxation unfairly characterized as cost of rights

Freedom New Mexico Given the emphasis placed on education in this country, we’re particularly chagrined to see the heights a person can reach despite an apparent misunderstanding of basic American history. How high, exactly? Try the U.S. Justice Department. A recent Associated Press story reported on efforts to target businesses that advise people how to […]

Passage of bond equals small cost

What if you were told you won $12 million in the lottery and all it cost you to collect your prize was $2.50 a month? Most of us with common sense would not pass up an offer like that. This is basically what the Portales community has been blessed with by the state of New […]

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land […]

Fuel prices drive up trucking costs

By Casey Peacock The rising cost of fuel prices are cause for concern with local trucking companies, industries and agriculture producers. With 18 trucks in their fleet that travel across the country delivering goods, WTI in Portales is facing the rising costs of fuel. Each truck carries an average 300 gallons and at the average […]

Voting machines cause of concern

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S sold the secretary of state machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now a […]