Councilor says children priority

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Argen Duncan Portales’ newest city councilor, Keith Thomas, makes children a priority and says he wants to be accessible. Monday, he spoke with the Portales News-Tribune about his history, goals on city council and philosophies in life. On his priorities for the city: Thomas said the city needs water, and he plans to support any [...]

Supplies for soldiers sought

Freedom New Mexico City Councilor Dianne Parker is collecting personal supplies for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Parker said she’ll take donations at her office at Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building until 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Donors can also call her at 356-7000, extension 1006, to have items picked up. Parker’s nephew, A.J. Castinado of California, [...]

Councilor candidate profiles

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Editor’s note: Here are summaries of interviews with candidates for Portales’ Ward B City Council position. Other Portales council races are uncontested.

Councilor withdraws from election

Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election. Leo Lovett is now the only declared candidate running for Ward C. Watson said Lovett is qualified for the position and feels he will do a good job.

Getting to know: School employee juggles family life, volunteering

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Dianne Parker works for Portales Municipal Schools. Background: Parker is from Nebraska but has lived in Portales more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Portales so he could take a coaching position here. Both she and her husband attended Eastern New Mexico University. They have two daughters. Job: Parker is a [...]

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 [...]

Retired teacher named new Portales city councilor

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Antonio Salguero, a cancer survivor and retired teacher, is the newest member of the Portales City Council. Salguero was sworn in Friday, replacing Jake Lopez, who resigned after winning a seat on the Roosevelt County Commission. “This is my chance, provided my health doesn’t go out or anything like [...]

Portales opposes water authority bill

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during an emergency meeting Saturday to oppose a draft version of a state legislative bill that would create a water authority for eastern New Mexico. The vote passed 7-0 with Councilor Shawn Watson absent. The draft was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Eastern [...]

Aug. 24, 1965

• The Portales Chapter of DeMolay recently had their official visit from the State Master Councilor DeMolay Jim Flagstead, of Albuquerque. • Shurfine Cake Mixes were on sale at Parkway Super Market, 4 for $1. • The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Basketball team had 19 scheduled games for the 1965- 1966 season.

Transit system steers toward more business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales city councilor raised questions this week about whether the Portales Area Transit system is being marketed well enough. Councilor Jake Lopez said he knew of a resident who had recently walked to La Casa Health Center with a baby in arms for a doctor’s appointment. When he [...]