Their view: Time to end tax breaks for major oil companies

Kate Colarulli is the associate campaign director for Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign. She urges ending tax breaks for oil companies.

Farmers practice conservation year-round

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, writes that American farmers and ranchers are the forefathers of resource conservation:

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, under a “mutual agreement” with EPCOG. Williams […]

ENMU to seek tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Their view: Research facility not place for chimpanzees

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian is director of the Research Policy Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Portales past: March 5, 1950

March 5, 1950: The Portales Daily News: East Ward and Lindsey Grade won top honors Saturday in the annual Jubilee all-day basketball tournament in the high school and junior high gymnasiums, Director Fred Hinger reported.

My turn: Former ENMU housing director leaves legacy of colorful memories

When I walk across the Eastern New Mexico University plaza, I often think of Dallan Sanders, whom it’s named after. The former housing director was Mr. ENMU, cruising around in his green convertible, and when he became the Chamber of Commerce director, me and my newsroom buddies called him Mr. Portales as he came into […]

New director chosen for Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce

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Argen Duncan Portales native Karl Terry is the new executive director at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Terry, former Portales News-Tribune managing editor, officially starts work Monday, although outgoing director Sharon King is expected to stay on until the end of February. “Out of all the candidates, Karl had the most overall experience, and […]

Letter to the editor: Slashing public services not budget remedy

Slashing public services not budget remedy Stephanie Maez-Gibson, communications director for the Center for Civic Policy, responds to an article in Wednesday’s PNT: In a recent piece Paul Gessing gets it wrong when he states that New Mexico public services can continue to be slashed. Our teachers are already forced to purchase their own school […]

Rec center director discusses new plans

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Argen Duncan New Portales Recreation Center director Jodi Kibbe is aiming to make the facility more a part of the community. Kibbe started the job Jan. 3, and said it’s going well. “It’s busy. The staff that works here is really great,” Kibbe said, adding the other center employees helped her get to know the […]

Building permits steady

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com The City of Portales is on track to issue the same number of building permits this fiscal year as last year, according to the planning director. The city compiles building permits for fiscal years, which run July through June. Although the numbers for the first half […]

Interviews ongoing for Chamber director

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is interviewing candidates to replace resigning executive director Sharon King and hopes to hire someone within the next few weeks, chamber board President Wanda Graham said Monday. Graham declined to name the candidates. She said the new director would be paid up to $35,000 per year, […]

Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. […]

County chamber executive director resigning

Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King has resigned as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. King said she didn’t know when her last day would be because she had committed to help train her replacement. She said she would stay until the chamber board of directors was comfortable with her leaving, but no later […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him […]

ENMU kicking off Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is not only a chance to learn about Native Americans and their culture, but it also helps young Native Americans to reconnect with their heritage. Director of Native American Affairs Jacob Lee said Native American Heritage Month has been going on at ENMU for 10 years. “The reason for this whole […]

City rec director gives notice

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • learned that Recreation Center Director Andi Copenhaver has given two-week’s notice of resignation and center staff member Sharianita Robinson would take over as interim director. Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Thornton said Copenhaver was taking a job in her hometown until her husband […]

Our people: Royal flush

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Ernie Kos said she loves her job as the executive director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Her days are never the same and keep her busy.

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling to keep up, officials say. Lisa Spencer, director of marketing at CCC, said the school had 1,025 students enrolled for the coming fall semester, compared to 667 this time last year, […]

Let’s look to tribes for economic recovery

Ruben Baca is executive director of New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state: