Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

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 […]

Elida mayor facing felony charge

Freedom New Mexico Elida Mayor Durward Dixon, 45, has been charged in what Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officials described as a domestic dispute with his girlfriend June 25 at their home. Dixon, arrested July 2, is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and four misdemeanors — battery against a household member, interference with communications, negligent […]

Reader-submitted content: Mayor pays tribute to Portales woman

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Family and friends gathered in Portales from seven states and both coasts to celebrate Mildred Plexico’s 100th birthday. During the celebration, Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed March 28, 2011, as a day to pay tribute to a long-time member of the community. Mildred and her husband, Fred Plexico, moved to Portales in March 1951 with […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

Clovis mayor to discuss state of city

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield will deliver the annual state of the city address 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The address is intended to inform citizens and accomplishments and activities of the last year and to answer questions about the upcoming year. The address will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6. Information: 769-7828.

Portales past: Jan. 8, 1951

Jan. 8, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Portales would be on a likely route for an enemy invasion, which to Mayor Floyd Kennedy was not only possible, but probable. The mayor painted an alarming picture of the international crisis and declared Portales should get a civil defense program.

Ticket feature: Clovis mayor’s charity ball set for Friday

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Freedom New Mexico The Mayor’s third annual charity ball is Friday night and promises to be a night of “dinner, dancing and fun.” Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said about 25 tables have already sold and the event looks as if it will outperform last year’s. With cocktails scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas kids, the mayor’s ball and an old guy with new tricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing. Christmas kids Deadline is Nov. 16 to enter your daughter in the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s

Honors — Oct. 3

Area quilters top show Area quilters took honors at the Roswell Quilt Show, which was presented by Pecos Valley Quilters Sept. 24 and 25. Linda Custer of Rogers won Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and first place for her “Finally!!!” large appliqued and machine-quilted (one-person) quilt. Lou Sikes of Portales won first place for “The […]

Their view: Community should be proud of teens

Community should be proud of teens Portales Mayor Sharon King is impressed with what she’s seeing from local teenagers. Here’s her letter to the editor:

Our people: Hometown girl

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Mayor Gayla Brumfield enjoys rock ‘n’ roll music and the beach. She has always enjoyed the roots Clovis has to rock ‘n’ roll and misses the beach while in our landlocked state. Tell us how you met your spouse. Dragging Main Street in downtown Clovis. He was with his friends and I was with my […]

Community encouraged to attend informal lunch with city officials

Argen Duncan Portales residents have a chance to get answers to their questions about local issues with a free informal lunch this week. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Sharon King are hosting a “Chat with City Officials” at an open chamber lunch to present information and allow attendees to ask questions. Taco […]

Portales Past: May 31, 1910

May 31, 1910: Representatives of the Southwest Holiness Association visited Portales with plans to start a college. The response was less than welcoming, with only the mayor, a press representative and “two others who went to sleep” attending the meeting, the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Melrose village council fills vacancy

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

Municipal elections draw few candidates

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For the upcoming municipal elections, Dora and Floyd have fewer candidates than positions, while Elida has two contested races. The elections are scheduled for March 2, and write-in candidates can declare Tuesday. If no write-in candidates sign up, the village councils will have to fill the vacant positions by […]

Residents file candidacies for city office

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Four candidates are vying for mayor in this year’s Portales municipal election, and two of five city councilor races are contested. Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold is unchallenged in seeking re-election. Tuesday was filing day for the March 2 municipal election candidates. City Councilor Gary Watkins, Twin Oaks Construction owner […]

Municipal election candidates file

The following candidates filed by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday for the March 2 Portales municipal election: Mayor: • Gary L. Watkins • Steven R. Davis • Sharon L. King • Dennis Lopez Ward A Councilor: • Antonio O. Salguero (incumbent) Ward B Councilor: • Oscar H. Robinson • Antonio Roque Sanchez Jr. • Calvin […]