Air Force completes Floyd fire probe

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Claims totalling $160,000 paid so far after Floyd fire

By Tony Parra Payments have been dispersed for $160,000 in claims to landowners, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials, in connection with the Nov. 30 Floyd fire that wiped out more than 27,000 acres. The cause of the fire, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range, still has not been determined, according to CAFB […]

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 […]