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 […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Floyd residents ponder how to recover livelihood

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday during an informational meeting at the Floyd Community Center. Farmers and […]

CRP changes affect 45,433 acres in Roosevelt County

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents rely on the agricultural economy and sometimes news from the United States Department of Agriculture means bad news for county farmers with farm land in the Conservation Reserve Program. James Bostwick, chairman of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency committee, said this announcement will hit farmers in eastern New […]

Udall vows to continue conservation program

By Tonya Garner Congressman Tom Udall is concerned about the USDA’s plan to dramatically reduce participation in the Conservation Reserve Program. According to Udall, D-N.M., 1,664 farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are currently enrolled in the CRP program. This keeps 596,624 acres of environmentally sensitive land out of crop production. The bulk of this […]

America provides the ‘Home of the Free’ to the brave

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when he […]

Local landowners agree to sell land for base expansion

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Property owners near Cannon Air Force Base have agreed to sell land to enable the base to nearly double in size — an effort aimed at keeping the Pentagon from shutting it down. Gov. Bill Richardson and Clovis Mayor David Lansford announced the agreement Friday, and were faxing a letter […]

Religion Briefs

Vacation bible school coming A Bible-land adventure tour is scheduled to include Egypt, Babylon and Jerusalem. The school will run Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Children from age 2 to the sixth grade are welcome to attend.

‘Old Glory’ represents our freedom

By Joan Clayton, PNT columnist On June 14, 1777 Congress officially passed an act declaring the flag representing America would have 13 stripes, alternating red and white. The 13 stars stood for 13 colonies on a field of blue. The 50 stars today represent each state. The color red on our flag has been said […]

Lyons talks wind in Elida

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — Patrick Lyons says he is proud to have a chance to give back to the area he grew up in. The House rancher and 1972 Clovis High graduate paid a visit to Elida on Wednesday, with the intent of speaking about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant, […]

Groups work to ‘save the prairie chicken’

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small foul still pepper the state in isolated regions — enough to hold an annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in their core area of Milnesand — […]

March 6 Dora School News

Dora School News There is only one Monday school day scheduled for March 14. So, unless we have a big snow, that should be the last Monday school day. March arrived calm as a lamb, so it could go out like a lion. We can be sure the nice balmy days aren’t here to stay […]

Commission approves land for housing

By Tony Parra County commissioners approved a preliminary plat of territorial estates for the development of a housing development in the southeast part of Portales. The proposed development will be located on the eastern side of Kilgore Avenue alongside East University Drive, according to Chad Lydick, surveyor for Lydick Engineers and Surveyors of Clovis. Lydick […]

Residents have varying concerns on expansion

By Tony Parra FORT SUMNER — There are no major environmental impacts revealed from the Environmental Impact Study of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base, according to Brenda Cook, the project manager for the initiative. Cook and other CAFB officials held a hearing with members of […]

Prudence is needed in robust housing market

By Randy Johnson Double, double, toil and trouble: Is there really a bubble? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is a good question. A bubble traditionally has been defined as a situation where the price of an object rises because of an expectation that it will keep rising, not because the rise is based upon fundamental […]

Windbreaks on Llano get creative

By Baxter Black Dear Dr. Black, I have a question. I live in an area prone to guerrilla grazing. It’s private land but New Mexico is a fence-out state, so it is legal for people to put cattle on other people’s land. This is unregulated, so unfenced land gets overgrazed. Then cows resort to busting […]

Area ranchers resist airspace expansion

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Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents on Monday night at a meeting scheduled to discuss proposed expansions to military airspace. The residents were worried the proposed changes would devalue their land; create increased noise over their ranches; allow for debris from flares and chaffs to land […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

Housing developer targets Portales

Mike Linn On the day Portales received approval from the state as a community prepared for economic development, city officials confirmed that recognition by selling land to an Albuquerque developer who plans on constructing a housing complex near the southwest corner of town. During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Portales City Council sold over […]