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. […]

Elida mayor resigns after two years

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor After nine years in Elida, some might argue with Gerald Lee’s sentiment that he’s a relative newcomer to the community. One thing that’s not up for argument, though, is the end of his time as the mayor for the village of about 250 people. Lee’s resignation was given during […]

Support from neighbors, Amarillo mayor and mayor-elect rally with Portales, Clovis to keep Cannon open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Not only are Clovis and Portales trying to keep Cannon Air Force Base open, but other parts of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas are contributing their support. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford traveled to Amarillo Monday to talk about the Keep Cannon Open effort. […]

Residents cite need for speed control

By Tony Parra Portales residents presented concerns during Tuesday’s city meeting over road conditions, speeding and public safety. Rick Matthews said he has seen tractor trailers traveling at a high rate of speed in residential areas. “These trucks are using residential areas as shortcuts,” Matthews said. “God-forbid if a kid is bouncing a ball on […]

Causey says goodbye to fire chief

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The community of Causey, and a community of emergency personnel, said goodbye to Hank Merrick — a mayor, a fire chief, and “a partner” to many. Merrick died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 68. Due to the large number of people paying their respects, services were […]

Ortega urges water board members to work together

By TV Hagenah LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a letter to the […]

Elida receives building for community center

By Laurie Stone By Laurie Stone PNT Staff Writer Laurie_Stone@link.freedom.com The Elida Masonic Lodge is donating its building on South Main to the town of Elida, requesting that the citizens of Elida use it as a community center. A decision was recently made to consolidate Elida’s Lodge members with the Portales Masonic Lodge due to […]

Police: No ID yet on dead body

By Kevin Wilson aw enforcement officials said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

Mayor sticking to local politics — for now

Mike Linn For the next two years the only offices Mayor Orlando Ortega will hold will be in his hometown of Portales. The Democrat on Tuesday made public his decision to not seek the District 66 position with the New Mexico House of Representatives. But Ortega said he plans on running for the position when […]

Mayor Ortega considers state politics

Mike Linn Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega is seriously considering expanding his political aspirations to the stately stage of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat said there’s a 50 percent chance he will run for the District 66 position. He said he will make his decision on Monday morning. If he decides to run, […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree to kick off holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez It will begin to look and sound a lot like Christmas in Portales this evening with the official lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. at Portales City Hall. The 16th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree lights up just as Portales school children get out of school today for Thanksgiving break. […]

Elida mayor resigns

Mike Linn After more than 12 years as Elida’s mayor, Bennie Thurman is calling it quits. The longtime mayor of the town with roughly 200 residents resigned on July 11 and said many things have changed over the years. “There was no specific reason why I resigned — I just got tired and resigned,” Thurman […]

Tumbleweeds trouble for Portales

By Jim Lee Just about every time I peek in my yard, especially after particularly energetic breezes like we experienced on Thursday, I see every chunk of tumbleweed that ever took up residence in these southwestern United States. This leaves two choices: Avoid looking at the yard, or do something about the pesky plants. If […]