ENMU natatorium renovation costs surpass regent-approved funding

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents learned Monday that the cost of renovating the natatorium will likely cost more than what was OK’d at an October regents meeting. Meeting in a special session with the natatorium as the only business item on the agenda, regents gave the OK for the administration to request […]

November 15, 1996

• Portales Fire Department was in partnership with local entities and communities to raise funds to purchase a Cairns IRIS, a specialized infrared camera that attaches to a fire helmet. Cost of the cameras and training were $25,000 each. • The Portales Lady Rams defeated the Lovington Lady Wildcats in the first round of the state […]

Cost of home heating on rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cost of heating your home will likely rise this year. But unless you’re using propane, eastern New Mexico residents may avoid the huge increases predicted in some parts of the country. According to PNM officials, the cost of natural gas is likely to be close to the same […]

City youth football, flag football and adult volleyball registrations taking place

PNT Staff Report Football Tryouts City League football tryouts are being held Saturday at Portales’ City Park. Third and fourth graders will take the field at 9 a.m. followed by fifth graders and sixth graders at 1 p.m. The cost is $60 per child and players can register at the Portales Recreation Center through Friday […]

Frivolous lawsuits cost everyone

Editorial Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, the wrangling […]

Board pushes plans ahead

PNT Staff Report The Portales school board will go before a state committee Tuesday with a proposal for assistance in building a new elementary school, and now they have an architect attached to the project. The school board announced in a special meeting Tuesday night that Greer Stafford, an architecture firm from Albuquerque, scored highest […]

City Council accepts housing study recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City Council accepted the workforce housing study recommendations Tuesday, agreeing to move forward with a plan to build affordable housing on city-owned land. The next step in the process, according to City Manager Debi Lee, is to proceed with an appraisal of the land, just east of the municipal […]

Kindergarten enrollment fair starts Monday at Brown

PNT Staff Report Early registrations for kindergarten as well as an expanded state health care coverage plan for children will begin Monday at Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales. The enrollment fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the school, located at 520 W. Fifth St. Screening of […]

Formal dresses don’t have to become dust rags

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Cost of prom dress, $150. Gas to Lubbock to shop for prom dress, $25. Jewelry, $25. Hair, $42. Nails, $30. Prom ticket, $20. Junior class dues, $30. Cost of memories: Priceless. Can’t put a price on memories. But if I could, $322 sounds about right to me. Return on […]

President signs disaster declaration

Staff and Wire Reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

Wild animals must be managed

Editorial Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd gradually […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Ute Water Project price skyrockets over last three months

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like a summer traveler cringing at $3 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is feeling pain at the pump. Fueled by higher energy and construction costs as a fallout from Hurricane Katrina and numerous other factors, the Ute Water Project’s price tag has shot […]

Bonem House set to open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The just-completed […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

New dorms could be ready by fall of 2007

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors on Tuesday approved plans for new residence halls at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials are working with developers from Collegiate Development Services of Irving, Texas on an $11.9 million project. The residence halls would be located behind Eddy Hall and extend to South Avenue I. There would be […]

Parker says water and civic pride city’s top issues

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Incumbent Dianne Parker is running for re-election in Ward D and will be facing Eddy Hiner and Jim Lee. 1. In your view, […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Pay for schools now, or jails later

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just exactly what is the trade-off between crime and education? How do the two interconnect? What happens if we spend more on one and less on the other? In our combined Saturday issue, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico reporter Marlena Hartz did a good job in asking the question […]