Water main fails, Portales without water

By Karl Terry Shortly after midnight Saturday a major water main in Portales broke causing flooding and necessitating that city crews shut down water to the entire city. According to City Manager Debi Lee, the broken line was a 24 -inch water main near First and Avenue O, behind Taco Box. Lee said that for […]

Roundhouse approves $6.7 million for Roosevelt County

By William Thompson Out of a record $762 million in capital outlay approved for state projects, state legislators approved $6,743,000 in capital outlay for various projects in Portales and Roosevelt County as their 2006 budget session ended yesterday. Officials with Eastern New Mexico University, the City of Portales, Portales schools and Roosevelt County all said […]

Water main break leaves residents dry

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By William Thompson Workers for a contractor of Yucca Telecom broke an underground water main in Portales leaving about ten square blocks without water for about four hours, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Portales High School and the Broad Horizons Alternative School let students go home at 12:20 p.m. due to the water […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Downtown street lights on the way

By Tony Parra New street lights down the sidewalk off of First Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm, economic development director for the city, said during Tuesday’s city council meeting that light posts have been ordered […]

Portales chooses new fire chief

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The City of Portales will have a new fire chief starting Jan. 9 after city officials selected Raul Muniz from the Raton Fire Department to succeed retired chief Jesse Mowrer, according to a press relase from the City of Portales. Muniz is currently serving the City of Raton as a […]

New Accion rep means better loan access in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Accion New Mexico will soon have a new representative in southeast New Mexico who will help out entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to expand in the Portales and Clovis area. Pamela Nance was selected as the regional outreach coordinator for the Accion New Mexico, a non-profit organization that […]

County, city leaders finalizing money requests for 2006

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Street, road repairs and building improvements top the wish lists for city and county representatives for the upcoming 2006 New Mexico legislative session Jan. 17. The Roosevelt County commissioners have settled on six capital outlay requests. Roosevelt County has seen rainy conditions this year which has required county road crews […]

City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the […]

Portales fire fighters reflect

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In an area referred to as the kitchen, the Portales Fire Department has something more akin to a family living area with a small kitchen, numerous chairs and tables and a television. A good day for the members of the department is when there is no reason to leave the […]

Nov. 27 Obituaries

Charlotte Pergeson Services: 2 p.m. (CST) Monday at the New Sulphur Free Will Baptist Church in Prairie Grove, Ark. Charlotte Fern Pergeson, 64, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at her residence. She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to David Woodrow and Marguerite Fern Hadley Welch. She was […]

Broncos hope to bounce back

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — They practice. And they run. And they practice. And they run. The Floyd Broncos are doing a lot of practice, and a lot of running when they don’t practice right. They practice and run, all while looking for a way out of the District 3-1A basement, which is […]

Roses as food are a thorny subject

Jim Lee: Local Columinst I haven’t stolen any ideas from Don Criss lately. So I’m a bit overdue for some literary larceny, don’t you think? Today’s topic emerged the other day during the Criss-Stasheff-Scott-Lee coffee ritual when I began bragging about how well my rose bushes had been doing after replacing the deceased ones. The […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Portales city council sets sights on U.S. 70 project

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors have U.S. Highway 70 listed as their top construction priority for funding from the New Mexico State Department of Transportation during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. The money would be requested through Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership program to improve state highways during the 2006 legislative session. […]

Streetscape project set to begin next week

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As one Portales MainStreet Organization streetscape project gets under way next week, news of funding for another project arrived Thursday at city hall. A streetscape project that will redo sidewalks add new street lights, trees and curb and gutter will start next week on First Street (U.S. 70) in Portales. […]

Broncos routed by Logan

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — With losing streaks followed by winning streaks followed by losing streaks, there are likely mixed reviews on how the caliber of football team the Floyd Broncos are. There was no such doubt about Logan on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Longhorns scored on a 60-yard run by Josh […]

New hours met with mixed reviews

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Center Director Johnny Ledbetter said it’s too early to tell what kind of effect the change of center hours will have on the membership, but some children would rather it go back the previous hours. The Portales Recreation Center has gone almost two months with new hours in […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]