Newman Project equips homes with safety measures

Freedom New Mexico The Newman Project, which promotes safety for local seniors, helped to equip 20 homes in Curry and Roosevelt County this week. The Newman Project was formed by District Attorney Matt Chandler to ensure the safety of the seniors in the community. The project was named in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

VA taking steps to deal with mortgage crisis

By Tom Philpott With thousands of service members and veterans having lost homes or facing foreclosure as the mortgage crisis continues, lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise VA loan ceilings, lower VA funding fees and expand the VA’s ability to help veterans refinance loans they can’t afford. The Department of Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, is encouraging […]

Local veterinarian seeks pet homes

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer The Caprock Veterinary Clinic staff are doing all that they can to find good homes for stray and abandoned animals to prevent them from being euthanized. Birds chirping, a shy cautious guinea pig and two slumbering hedgehogs — no it’s not a nature trail walk or a trip to […]

Storm recovery joint effort

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in helping survivors rebuild their lives and homes in the tornado’s aftermath, that seems fitting, said the Rev. Lance Clemmons, chairman of the […]

Builders going full speed ahead on new homes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Planners and developers said the market for new homes in Portales is still strong and will get stronger as Cannon Air Force Base grows. Larry Combs of Combs Properties is in the early stages of putting in a 55-lot residential development adjacent to Western Skies, west of Greyhound Arena. […]

Housing slump hits home

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Robert Garcia loves the home he and his wife share in Clovis, a three-bedroom, two-bath brick house he considers average. The Garcias are planning to move for a possible promotion with Robert’s computer job, and he’s shared a problem with average Americans in trying to sell his house. A […]

Altrusa prepares for annual Home Tour

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Five homes have been selected for the annual Altrusa Home Tour that will take place 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Funds raised from the annual event go toward scholarships to attend Eastern New Mexico University and to buy 1,000 books for third-graders, according to Frankye King, tour chairwoman. […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for other’s choices

Editorial The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries of gulls. […]

Housing proposal questions crop up

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Opinions on the idea of an affordable housing project in Portales appear to be mixed among builders and real estate professionals with some saluting the idea and others favoring a free-market approach. Led by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., city of Portales officials have been studying an affordable housing project […]

Cannon plans asbestos tests

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

City council meets with housing developers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors got their first face-to-face meeting with officials from UniDev LLC, the Bethesda, Md. company selected as the master developer for a proposed affordable housing project in Portales. Peter Smirniotopoulos, vice president of development and Jeffrey Koskinen, assistant project manager were on hand at Tuesday’s regular city […]

Subdivision gets first tenant

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the sounds of construction, the new Foxtrail Estates subdivision’s first tenant was scheduled to move into one of the newly completed luxury townhouses this weekend. Consisting of three styles of homes, the Portales subdivision will cater to business professionals and young couples who need a place to stay […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north State […]

Portales officials to consider housing options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials are considering using land located next to the golf course to build between 70 and 100 houses for Portales residents and are exploring options on how to do that. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said city officials are interested in using about 45 acres of the 150 […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, […]

Utah case expands police powers for entering a home

Editorial It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, police […]

Home sales on the rebound

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The area housing market has experienced a major revitalization in the last three months, according to area real estate agents. The spirited sales come on the heels of a prolonged period of plunging sales after the Pentagon announced a year ago today Cannon Air Force Base was being targeted for […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Habitat for Humanity presents keys to fourth home in Portales

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer The Johnson family has a new home for the holidays, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties. On Saturday, Dan Gould, the outgoing construction manager for the Johnson’s three-bedroom, two-bath home at 304 E. Kaywood, presented Amanda and Andy Johnson and their two sons, Christian, 9, and […]

Closure would hurt economy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school administrators, business owners and city officials are holding their collective breath until September when the status of Cannon Air Force Base is crystal clear. While the city is not expected to feel the economic difficulties that Clovis anticipates if Cannon is closed as recommended by Department of […]