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: