City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Argen Duncan Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning […]

City removes water alert

Freedom New Mexico The city of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Portales past: Aug. 9, 1945

Aug. 9, 1945: A franchise to operate a city bus line in Portales had been granted to Lt. W.G. Howell and his sister, Mary Loch. Plans were under way to start operation as soon as permits were granted.

Census participation up

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Public hearing set for road closure

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A public hearing is set for April 19 at Portales City Hall to consider a request from J.D. Heiskell and Company to close off East Commercial Street to traffic. City Manager Tom Howell said although the city is not required to have a public hearing, the hearing is for […]

Council will consider Sunland reimbursement request

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A fairly light agenda for the Portales City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall includes two items of business involving possible money for Sunland Inc. City Manager Tom Howell said the business north of Portales is hoping to be partially reimbursed for building a sewer line […]

City council approves two-way Main Street

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In another step to bring Main Street from a one-way road to one capable of two-way traffic, the Portales City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday during their meeting at City Hall. Tom Howell, interim city manager, said the New Mexico Department of Transportation office in Roswell requested the […]

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]

Interim city manager named

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council appointed Public Works Director Tom Howell as interim city manager in a regular meeting of the council. At City Hall on Tuesday night, after a closed meeting to discuss replacing outgoing manager Debi Lee, the six council members present unanimously approved Howell to take Lee’s […]

Clovis woman killed in two-vehicle collision

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis woman was killed early Friday morning in a crash north of Hereford. Tina Howell was killed around 3 a.m. (CDT) when a tractor trailer she was driving crashed into another on Highway 385 about 3 miles outside of Hereford, according to Texas Highway Patrol Communications Operator Carolyn Wakefield. Omar […]

Commissioners hear street financing options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Public Works Director Tom Howell gave a presentation to the Portales City Council Tuesday on alternatives for stepping up the scope of street projects which councilors have recognized in previous meetings, are falling behind. His presentation outlined three possible ways of financing more street projects in an attempt to […]

Democratic Party hosting women’s luncheon

Freedom Newspapers The Curry County Democratic Party women’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Golden Corral restaurant, 3501 N. Prince St., Clovis. Reorganization will be discussed. For information, contact Elaine Howell, vice chairman, Curry County Democrats, at 763-7019.

City soaked

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor More than half the city of Portales was without water until noon Monday, after a water main break at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday forced shutdown of parts of the water system. Similar to an incident that occurred in February of 2006, city officials say the emergency response and shutdown […]

Valve upgrades not in place soon enough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales has spent a little over a year working to avoid the water problems caused in February 2006 when a 24-inch water main failed. The upgrades were still a couple months off when another big line burst Sunday. Installing a series of valves that would enable […]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on […]

Plowing continues through weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fleet of a dozen road graders worked through the weekend to clear rural roads after a strong winter stormed blanketed Roosevelt County with up to 12 inches of snow. “We’ve just about got it now where people can get out and people can feed,” said Roosevelt County Road […]

City Council reviews projects

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council got a rundown from staff at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s capital project needs that total roughly $6.2 million, with the lion’s share coming in street improvements. “We’re looking tonight to get a finalized listing of what you want us to get bids on,” City Manager […]

City wants better handle on trash

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By Tony Parra Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s convenience center instead of the alleys. City officials said heavy appliances, sheet rock and other trash items are […]

Joint meeting addresses streets

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County and city of Portales officials spent the second half of a joint meeting Thursday morning sorting through “yours, mine and ours,” searching for answers to problems of maintenance on shared streets and roadways. Tom Howell, Portales public works director, said he and Roosevelt County Road Supervisor Jackie […]