Art contests open to local students

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Arts Council, Portales Municipal School District (PMSD), and Eastern New Mexico University are planning a sidewalk chalk art competition and juried art exhibition. Called “K through ENMU,” the event celebrates National Youth Art Month. A press release from the university said it will showcase artistic talents of […]

More scrutiny sought for SIC contracts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A movement this session to put more eyes on contracts issued by the State Investment Council means potential contractors could face extra scrutiny before landing deals with the state. At least one current contractor says he doesn’t mind the extra attention. Brian Birk, managing partner at Santa Fe-based Sun […]

TRIO Day on agenda for city council

Freedom New Mexico Portales City Council will consider declaring Friday TRIO Day in Portales. The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. The proclamation — an annual one — is meant to draw attention to three programs at Eastern New Mexico University: Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and College Success programs.

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some […]

City council supports formation of new regional water authority

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to support the formation of a new regional water authority, under certain conditions. The council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 15, in its current state, which would establish an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to manage the Ute Water Pipeline […]

Council to discuss support for Ute water project

PNT Staff Report During their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Portales City Council is set to discuss a resolution of support for a proposed bill to authorize Eastern New Mexico Water Authority to operate the Ute Water Pipeline Organization. The state Legislature opens Tuesday and is to consider the bill during the […]

Municipal elections draw few candidates

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For the upcoming municipal elections, Dora and Floyd have fewer candidates than positions, while Elida has two contested races. The elections are scheduled for March 2, and write-in candidates can declare Tuesday. If no write-in candidates sign up, the village councils will have to fill the vacant positions by […]

Meetings watch: City council approves zoning for proposed subdivision

PNT staff During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • approved a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance for zoning classification for the new Prairie Walk Subdivision. The plan is for four four-unit townhouses, a total of 16 homes, on 2.1 acres of land south of the city Recreation Complex […]

Council to vote on rezoning, ordinance amendment

Freedom New Mexico It looks like a short agenda for Portales City Council when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday. The city is expected to approve a notice of intent to adopt ordinance No. 686 for rezoning and an ordinance amending ordinance no. 387 to alter the official zoning map. Also, the council will entertain a […]

City council approves rezoning request

Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council approved rezoning an area along U.S. 70 from Kilgore Avenue to Sunland Inc., to commercial Tuesday with a caveat sought by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. Ortega questioned what the city could do should someone purchase land in the area and want to build a home. “Could it […]

City Council to consider Sunland annexation

Freedom New Mexico At their meeting set for 7 p.m. today, Portales city councilors are set to hold a public hearing about the proposed annexation of Sunland Inc. and the accompanying zone change. They are scheduled to vote on the issue. The agenda also includes a planning commission report and recommendation on the final plat […]

EPCOG director: Lunch meeting with county commissioners focused on EPCOG services

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A quorum of Curry County commissioners discussed Eastern Plains Council of Governments services at a private lunch on Tuesday, according to EPCOG’s interim executive director. EPCOG’s Richard Arguello said he had lunch with three commissioners after Tuesday’s County Commission meeting so he could acquaint them with what’s been going […]

City Council selects interim fire chief

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales has selected an interim fire chief to step up when the current chief retires. At the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Tom Howell announced his plans to appoint Portales Battalion Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Nuckols to serve as interim chief after the Nov. 27 […]

Council will consider Sunland reimbursement request

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A fairly light agenda for the Portales City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall includes two items of business involving possible money for Sunland Inc. City Manager Tom Howell said the business north of Portales is hoping to be partially reimbursed for building a sewer line […]

Teen video contest worth $1,000

Freedom New Mexico A teen could win $1,000 in the Curry County Wellness Council teen video contest, according to a release from the council. The contest is part of the national Stay Teen campaign. Videos for the contest can be made with a cell phone or home video camera to produce a 30-second public service […]

Council to vote on restaurant grant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales City Council is set to vote on whether to provide $50,000 in economic development assistance to Vines Italian Restaurant. The vote is part of the agenda for the council meeting at 7 p.m. today in City Hall. Vines owner Mark Vigil said he applied for the money […]

Council honors Portales volunteer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A regular meeting of the Portales City Council did take place on Tuesday, although normal business took a back seat to the recognition of one hard-working citizen. Frankye King, 86, was honored with an hour-long fete prior to the 7 p.m. start of the meeting and, during the council […]

Road cuts, easements on county commission agenda

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission will consider an application and rate structure for road cuts and easements 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. The commission agenda also includes a Regional Planning Organization presentation from Eastern Plains Council of Governments planners Steve Hawthorn and Sandy Chancey.

Highway proposals presented to council

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer State highway planners revealed options for improvements to U.S. Highway Tuesday at the Portales City Council meeting. Derek Meier of Wilson & Co. said his presentation was the next phase of the $6.75 million project. The highway splits into a pair of two-lane, one-way streets in Portales — First […]

Chili cook-off benefits Roosevelt County Health Council

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cooks, get out your chili powder and heat up the stove. Chili fans, grab a spoon and a glass of milk to cool your tongue. The Portales Senior Citizens Inc. annual Chili Cook-off Contest is back. The fundraiser lets local chefs enter their chili for judging. Then, chili fans […]