Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]

Education feature: Catholic center completed

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer After three-and-a-half years, the Thomas More Newman Center at Eastern New Mexico University has a new home. The center serves Catholic students and others at ENMU. The previous building housing the Newman Center, which has existed since the university’s early days, was sold in early 2006. The remodeled building […]

Aug. 23, 1978

Eastern New Mexico University students crowded the Physical Education Complex to file through the assembly-line process of choosing classes for the fall semester, according to Portales news archives. The stations offered identification cards, post office box assignments, housing stamps, automobile registration and clearance at the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Cramdown would slow housing recovery

Freedom New Mexico As the ineffable H.L. Mencken once put it, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” An example now working its way through the Senate is the proposal, embraced by President Barack Obama and passed (in a worse version) by the House to allow bankruptcy judges […]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Housing estimates

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The U.S. Census Bureau produces estimates of housing units for states and counties on an annual basis.

Housing changes for CAFB

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process of demolishing 350 housing units that were built in 1966, according to base officials. Meanwhile, 441 new housing units will be built after […]

United Way selling base housing items

PNT staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will sell items recovered from the demolition of Cannon Air Force Base housing this weekend. Volunteers will sell items such as cabinets, sinks and doors between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds and between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bosco […]

Realtors: Local housing market in holding pattern

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales Realtors are starting to see the housing market improve from a dismal first-quarter but say it’s still sluggish compared to last year. But they are optimistic Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a Special Operation’s Wing will bolster the area housing markets. Aces Realty owner Benny […]

Fed meddling may do more harm in foreclosure mess

Editorial Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in housing prices […]

Tuition, housing costs to rise 6 percent at ENMU

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition, fees, and room and board by about 6 percent for the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition rates will go up from $1,116 to $1,182 per semester for a full-time student. Student fees will go up from $462 […]

Defense officials looking for rental relief for Gates

By Tom Philpott Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a law that […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land […]

2008 Basic Allowance for Housing set

By Tom Philpott Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will climb an average of 7.3 percent next month to keep pace with local rental costs. A total of 1.2 million service members will draw BAH in 2008, an increase of 250,000 over 2007, said Susan A. […]

Fed drops key rate for third time this year

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve dropped its most important interest rate to a nearly two-year low on Tuesday and left the door open to additional cuts to prevent a housing and credit meltdown from pushing the economy into a recession. A disappointed Wall Street took a nosedive. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke […]

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 […]