Mayor expresses concerns on pipeline project costs

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Concerns about financial responsibility and debt incurred with funding for the Ute Pipe Line dominated discussion Tuesday at Portales City Hall. During the regular meeting Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his concerns about committing money on loans on a project not yet federally funded. “This project began with […]

Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

DeBaca sheriff’s race includes Roosevelt County deputy

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Reception slated for Clovis mayor

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a reception Wednesday honoring Mayor David Lansford, according to a city news release. The event will be held 4 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to the release. Lansford, who has served as mayor since 1996, announced in November he would […]

Mayor honored at banquet

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A crowd of more than 400 people stood and applauded after Mayor David Lansford spoke about the successes of the last year. He attributed successes of the past year and his 12 years as mayor to community involvement and to the support of his family. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

New Year’s predictions ready to roll

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor It’s time for my favorite annual New Year’s tradition. No, it’s not watching a giant ball drop in Times Square, toasting my friends with champagne, kissing my sweetie at midnight, watching college bowl games until my brain rots or feasting on black-eyed peas. It’s time for me to make […]

Friends, family remember former mayor

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor The first word out of anyone’s mouth when they remember former Portales mayor and businessman James “Jimmy” Kiker is honest. Kiker died earlier this month at the age of 96. “I think most folks will remember him as an honest man,” said Kiker’s daughter, Phyllis Davidson of Clovis. “I […]

Mayor urges Ute Pipeline support

By Orlando Ortega Jr.: Guest Commentary On Tuesday, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources — led by New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici — will hold a field hearing in Clovis to discuss the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s efforts to build the Ute Pipeline. I have long […]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision not […]

City approves bond for college housing project

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council signed-off as a sponsor for the issuance of $14 million in bonds to build student housing at Eastern New Mexico University during Tuesday’s regular meeting. “The city was asked by ENMU to sponsor their development, in partnership with Collegiate Development (Services) to build a housing complex,” […]

Quay County manager dies

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Quay County Manager Terry Turner died on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Officials would not comment on the cause of death for Turner. A family friend said Wednesday night that funeral services had not yet been scheduled. Medics were called to the Quay County Courthouse at 3:35 p.m., where Turner, 60, was […]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute […]

Ortega announces candidacy for second term

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega made his announcement to run for re-election on Thursday feeling there is still some unfinished business in the office of the mayor. “I want to start by thanking the citizens of this community for allowing me to serve as mayor for the last four years,” Ortega said. “I […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree events set for this week

PNT Staff Report The Portales High School Art Club will be decorating the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at 2 p.m. on Monday at Portales City Hall. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree provides residents an opportunity to purchase Christmas presents for children who can’t afford gifts. People can pick a name from the Christmas tree and purchase a […]

Clovis being considered for meat packing plant

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers By Tonya Garner CNJ Staff Writer Mum is the word from Clovis officials on the possibility a Wisconsin-based meatpacker is considering a plant in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area is one of two sites being considered for a plant that could employ up to 2,500 people, according to published reports […]

Senators commit to finding mission for Cannon AFB

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. […]