Commissioners OK burn ban

Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a resolution banning open-fire burning for the next 45 days. The resolution puts into effect a standing county fire burn ban. County Manager Charlene Webb said the resolution will ban all open-flamed fires, such as trash, tumbleweed and other debris burns and uncovered fire pits or […]

Residents urged to recycle

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Christina Calloway The Portales MainStreet program is urging local businesses to recycle and become more energy efficient even if it just means making small changes. Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen recently attended a seminar that focused on “going green” and saving money and resources. “We want to inform people how to go green,” […]

Clovis native selected as San Angelo interim city manager

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Michael Dane was named Tuesday as interim city manager of San Angelo, Texas. Dane became San Angelo’s director of finance in August 1998. Located southeast of Lubbock, San Angelo had a population of 93,200, according to the 2010 Census. According to city press release: • He served the city of […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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Kevin Wilson The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Tuesday cut its ties with longtime Program Manager Scott Verhines, clearing the way for him to fill the office of state engineer. He was replaced with Paul van Gulick, an engineer who worked with Verhines when he first started working on the Eastern New Mexico […]

Music series has slow start

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Alisa Boswell The Yam Music Series, started by the Portales MainStreet Program, has seen a decline in attendance since the first concert in September, according to MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen. “The first band had a big fan base and the second play a lot and the third doesn’t have a very big fan […]

Verhines recommends Ute water project manager successor

Kevin Wilson Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the Yam Theater, […]

Ute Water Project manager named state engineer

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thinks the appointment of Scott Verhines as the state’s new top water manager is nothing but positive for the Ute Water Project. Verhines was named state engineer Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque and project manager for the Eastern New Mexico […]

Tucumcari commissioners fire city manager

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted […]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human […]

New manager for Wester Dairy Transport

Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. Lewis replaces Kelly Sanders, who left to […]

My turn: Breaking into new business

Occasionally, I attend seminars about becoming a better time manager, communicator, team player, more Zen-like, etc. Realizing how much these companies make in peddling high-falutin’ ways of saying do your job, I‘m creating my own “Dark Chocolate and Hoops: Adrenaline Boosts for Drowsy Employees” seminar. Most seminars have testimonials from satisfied customers. Here are a […]

Portales school business manager relies on experience as comptroller

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Alisa Boswell New Portales Municipal Schools business manager Sarah Marquez is no stranger to financing and thinks that may be a bonus with current New Mexico state budget cuts in the education system. Portales Municipal Schools recently replaced Finance Director Carol Kriegshauser with Marquez, who has worked with the district for five years and was […]

City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day. “Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after […]

Grants earmarked for street improvements, senior center

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Argen Duncan Elida and Portales have received grants for community projects. Elida was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 for a senior and community center, while $427,000 was earmarked for street and drainage improvements in the Bogard Addition of Portales. Portales Capital Projects Manager Susan Baysinger said the West Gum Street from Avenue […]

Press release: Comcast names VP; general manager

Cable and telecommunications veteran Chris Dunkeson has been appointed to the position of Vice President and General Manager for Comcast’s cable operations in New Mexico. In this position, Dunkeson will be responsible for all of Comcast’s operations and customer care services for the company’s cable television, high-speed internet and telephone offerings in the state.

Ten charged with gambling at country club

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Clovis baseball team seeking new manager

Kevin Wilson John Harris found the Sox fit him better, and the Clovis Pioneers are looking for a new manager four months before their professional baseball debut. Harris, a 1973 graduate of Clovis High School, was named Wednesday as the manager of the Amarillo Sox, who will play in the American Association this season. The […]

TV channel devoted to community

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Argen Duncan Portales is one of a few cities to have its own community cable channel, according to the Comcast cable operations manager. Portales Community Television Channel 19 is available to the approximately 2,500 Comcast customers who use the company’s basic service in Portales, said Comcast Operations Manager Spencer Debord. The channel shows information about […]

Commission to discuss extending water rights

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said he expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract […]