New dairy facility opening in Portales

PNT Staff Report Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Economic opulence not entitlement

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist As I drive to work in the morning, I pass a community college. For years now I have been struck by its opulence. This facility looks like a palace built for pharaohs, not a supplementary educational institution helping people with a few under-division college courses each term. California […]

More than $500 million in facility upgrades planned for Cannon

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There’s little difference between the big, empty fields at Cannon Air Force Base and big, empty fields you’d see at random places across eastern New Mexico. But that’s all about to change in a big way. For Cannon Air Force Base to survive and thrive in its new mission […]

Airman center under construction at Cannon

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Cannon officials are consolidating dining, recreation and services venues in one 28,000-square-foot building in anticipation of more airmen coming to Cannon Air Force Base. Tentatively called the Dining Hall-Airman Center, the $9.9 million facility will be ready for furnishing by the end of the year, according to Staff Sgt. […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Board approves funding for ENMU weight training facility

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus. ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams. “It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced Wednesday, this time targeting the Portales Livestock Auction. The Humane Society of the United States released video footage of sick or injured dairy cows it contends were mistreated at the auction where they are sold for slaughter. Such cows pose increased risk for […]

Biogas plants planned for Curry and Roosevelt counties on hold

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The home loan crash has affected the start of another proposed alternative-energy facility in the area. Gibbs Energy president Joe Maceda said the construction of a biogas facility that would extract methane gas from cow manure has been stalled after the primary investor for the $25 million project was […]

Bond approved to build new elementary school in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It took Portales Municipal School officials a year of fine-tuning their plans, but once the right plan was presented to Portales voters overwhelmingly approved a school bond to build a new elementary school. In higher education, Eastern New Mexico University celebrated solid enrollment and a new facility as the […]

Congress approves spending proposal

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ending dual spending battles with President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into next year and government agencies through September. Bush was expected soon to sign the measure, which includes $70 billion for military operations in Iraq […]