Lee to accept Ruidoso position

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ruidoso Village Council has approved a contract to hire Portales City Manager Debi Lee, who said she will take the job. The Ruidoso Village Council unanimously approved the contract Tuesday, said Barbara Fleming, deputy village manager. According to the contract, she said, Lee’s salary is $95,000 a year […]

Grant application on council agenda

PNT Staff Report At today’s Portales City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall, councilors are to vote on a resolution authorizing the city to work with Eastern New Mexico University on a grant application for the Blackwater Draw site. The agenda also includes a report from the Finance/Administration Committee and the proposed appointment […]

Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. […]

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The Portales City Council agreed to create a position of city engineer with the purpose of surveying and mending the city’s water supply needs. The council was not yet clear if the job would be permanent.

Council will consider greenery for entry points, courthouse

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The comprehensive plan for the Portales downtown area includes greenery around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and gateway structures at key points. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio design company from Austin, Texas, presented the comprehensive plan. Einsweiler suggested five […]

Annexation up for city council discussion

The Portales City Council is set to consider an increase in the municipal judge’s salary and a notice of intent dealing with the Stratton Annexation. The council meets 7 p.m. today at City Hall. The agenda also includes a notice of intent to change the zoning of annexation to R-2, a contract for banking services […]

Eat sweets, support literacy

The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is hosting its annual benefit event, “A Matter of Taste: An Afternoon of Fine Desserts,” 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 100 S. Ave. C. Attendees can taste desserts from around the world and participate in a silent auction. Dan Greathouse and Mike Shaughnessy, Spotswood […]

Peanut Growers meeting set

The New Mexico Peanut Growers Association Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 at the Memorial Building, at the corner of Seventh and Abilene Streets. Growers and anyone interested in the latest Farm Bill may attend. Speakers are Maria Fenn of the National Peanut Board on promotion of the industry, […]

City council meeting canceled

A special Portales City Council meeting set for today has been canceled because the bill the councilors would have discussed was withdrawn, City Manager Debi Lee said. Lee said the sponsor of House Bill 861, state Rep. Anna Crook, withdrew the bill from consideration by a committee Wednesday. The bill would have created an Eastern […]

Portales city council wary of water authority bill

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales city officials are concerned about a legislative bill that would establish a new water authority for eastern New Mexico and give it the right to set sewer rates. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his doubts about House Bill […]

City council to vote on animal ordinance changes

PNT staff Proposed changes in the animal ordinance top the agenda Tuesday for the Portales City Council. The ordinance is was revised by Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill. The council is seeking public comment on the changes. The council will also consider an amendment for a professional services contract grant match with the New Mexico […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]

Literacy council provides education tools

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Literacy Council volunteer tutors offer a chance for people in the community to better themselves with an education. The Literacy Council handles free pre-GED, adult literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. The Literacy Council is funded through donations by the Literacy Council Coalition […]

City council to discuss airport grant

PNT Staff At their regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Portales city officials will discuss the approval of a New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division grant for airport facility improvements. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the annual grant is set aside for basic airport maintenance. Other scheduled business in the meeting includes the […]

Council reviewing animal ordinance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales City Council is looking at revising parts of its animal ordinance today. City Manger Debi Lee said there has been some discussion at the state legislature about destroying animals humanely. “We were way of ahead of what was coming for this,” Lee said. “If you go out to […]

Council will meet in executive session

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council is holding a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at City Hall to name a replacement for Ward B Councilor Jake L. Lopez. Lopez’ last meeting was Tuesday. He resigned to serve on the Roosevelt County Commission.

Council recognizes Lopez at final meeting

PNT staff Councilman Jake J. Lopez and the Portales City Council celebrated his last day in office Tuesday. Lopez has served Portales for 14 years. He resigned his city seat effective Tuesday after winning a Roosevelt County Commission post seat last fall in the general election.

Grant applications on council’s agenda

PNT staff Portales City Council will be tending to housekeeping chores when it meets at 7 p.m. today, including a review the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual report. Among the other items proposed: • Approval and adoption of 2009 Community Development Block Grant Plans and policies. These include the 2009 Fair housing policy, 2009 […]

Grant applications on agenda for council meeting

PNT staff Portales City Council will be tending to housekeeping chores when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, including a review the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual report. Among the other items proposed: • Approval and adoption of 2009 Community Development Block Grant Plans and policies. These include the 2009 Fair housing policy, 2009 […]

City council to meet in executive session

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