Texico weighing water options

Freedom Newspapers Texico city officials said Tuesday they are taking a closer look at its involvement in the Ute Water pipeline project in light of Tucumcari’s recent departure from the project. Officials said no decision has been made by the city council on their future participation in the project, which would pump water from Ute […]

Kirtland fought its way off closure list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. […]

Cannon closure details

The Associated Press PENTAGON SAYS: Close Cannon Air Force Base and distribute active duty and Air National Guard aircraft to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and other bases Wisconsin, South Dakota, Maryland, Nevada and Utah. WHY: Cannon’s active duty F-16s will move to Nellis and Hill Air Force bases, which the Pentagon says have […]

Fuel prices hitting businesses hard

By David Irvin Burgeoning fuel prices are gouging into budgets of private businesses and government organizations alike. With no end to the record-high prices in sight, most companies and government agencies are left with little option but to absorb the cost. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spent $397 […]

Commission gives bid for tumbleweed eradicator

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners approved on Tuesday to award a bid for tumbleweed eradication either by service or by equipment to Prestige Manufacturing of Kimball, Neb. Dan Kennison, owner of Prestige Manufacturing, will work on a modification of a piece of equipment used to snatch tumbleweeds from the fences and tear them into […]

Cheese plant road plan hits snags

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County and city officials’ hope of building a cheese plant road leading up from the south on Roosevelt County to the new Southwest Cheeseplant encountered a snag on Friday — the acquisition of property. The two-mile road leading up from Highway 70 to the cheese plant road would have to be […]

Haunted houses await Portales residents

Laurie Stone It’s that time of year: Frankenstein or a deranged-looking clown just might be at your door the next time you open it. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said trick-or-treaters will be in neighborhoods celebrating Halloween on Sunday, the official holiday. In the past, the local ministerial alliance has asked the city to recognize […]

Oct. 24 Faith Triumphant School News

Students will participate again this year in Operation Christmas Child.  It is the largest event of its kind, providing Christmas gifts to children around the world. Last year we collected over 300 boxes filled with Christmas joy.  This year we are asking each family to participate by giving one shoebox filled with toys, clothes, toothbrushes, […]

Energy providers, legislators, leaning toward wind power

By Tony Parra From energy providers to legislators to energy plant manufacturers, it seems that the consensus is that the United States is heading towards more energy being provided from clean energy providers. Tracy Broeder, a wind technician for Florida Power and Light, talked about wind energy on Wednesday and how feasible it would be […]

Mayors testify regarding Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Mayor David Lansford of Clovis and Mayor Orlando Ortega of Portales wanted to send a clear message to Congress that federal funding is vital and necessary now for the Ute Water Project. “There is no viable alternative to this project,” Lansford said. “We will not have the adequate water to sustain the […]

Ute Water bill in trouble

By Jack King The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press release Thursday, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he also would not support the bill as […]

Water board hires help for financial studies

Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to let the Albuquerque securities firm Dain Rauscher do a study of the authority members’ financing capacity, while awaiting the completion of a second, related, study. Kevin Powers, a vice president of Dain Rauscher’s municipal fixed income division, said company personnel will visit […]

Commissioners finalize repair decisions for detention center

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to go with Kold King to repair the roof at the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a cost of $48,500. Mike Tucker of Kold King will repair the roof and he said he will use fully, self-contained chopped fiber-glass, which is a clay-based material, over the […]

Water officials raise cost of pipeline project by 20 percent

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at […]

Portales has options for beer-wine license

By Tony Parra Portales has two windows in which it could hold an election related to beer and wine licenses in 2004. City officials plan to meet to talk about their options at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall. The earliest an election could be held regarding the beer-wine issue is mid-April. It […]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of […]

County to spend big bucks upgrading courthouse computers

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved to spend $200,000 to upgrade computer hardware and software at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The upgrade will allow employees to work faster with a more secure, less complicated network of technology. The current hardware and software provider, TRIDAC will be replaced by a combination of […]

Look out behind!

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Tony Parra Coffins, ghosts, goblins and mummies are waiting for adults and children at the three haunted houses this Halloween in Portales. These are just some of surprises in store for those who go to the Portales Recreation Center for the second annual “Spooktacular” is held inside the center with different themes. Halloween enthusiasts will […]

State to fund health program at La Casa

Tony Parra Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The Women, Infants and Children Program will be handled by the New Mexico Department of Health instead of La Casa de Buena Salud in an effort to reduce costs. The county commission decided on the change at Tuesday’s meeting and opted not to compensate La Casa de Buena Salud for the change. […]

Ute water officials plan funding

Jack King SAN JON — The state Interstate Stream Commission has begun briefing New Mexico Congressional representatives on the Ute Water Project in preparation for asking for federal funds. Doug Murray, the ISC’s liaison to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, told ENMRWA’s board at a meeting in San Jon on Wednesday he has […]