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. […]