City officials: Water issues require multiple solutions

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales has enough water to meet its needs for the foreseeable future, but alternatives need to be considered, officials said in a meeting last week. Portales city officials discussed the topic in a workshop Tuesday. “We can meet demand,” Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. said. “We’re doing […]

Nation needs prayer now more than ever

By Joan Clayton Prayer is needed now more than ever. We have many evils attacking within and without. America is at a crossroads. National Day of Prayer is Thursday. The theme this year is “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” May we come together […]

Editorial: DNA collection needs to be used responsibly

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Congressional candidate touts change

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. “But if […]

12-14-07 Local brief

RSVP needs yarn donations The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is requesting yarn donations to crochet lap blankets for nursing homes. The yarn can be taken to the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way in Portales, or can be picked up by arrangement with Monica Calamaco, RSVP director at 356-8576 Ext. 22.

Residents prepare for transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Organization, said his group plans to use Defense Department funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Bingaman: Water project justified investment

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is serving his fifth term in Congress and is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Following Tuesday’s Senate field hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library, he answered a few questions for Freedom Newspapers. Q: You came to Clovis for the field hearing regarding the […]

N.M. Labor Secretary visits region

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Labor Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is in Clovis today as part of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico to lay groundwork for a more integrated approach in meeting the state’s employment needs. Doris met Tuesday in Portales with members of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She […]

Salvation Army attempts to identify victims’ needs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A replacement car window, food and water, items for the baby, a place to sleep — the list of unique needs goes on and on. More than a dozen residents waited hours Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds to meet with representatives from local agencies offering disaster relief. Just shy […]

Cannon transition underfunded

Freedom Newspapers The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s 2008 […]

Fire substation could be on horizon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors discussed the feasibility of adding a fire substation on the north side of Portales and the possibility of expanding the law enforcement center at Tuesday’s meeting. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez addressed councilors on the topics, saying he had received several calls from people in North […]

Cannon troops take to the skies

Cannon Airmen board a chartered aircraft Sunday morning to begin a planned four-month deployment. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Airmen begin deployment The other shoe dropped during a rainy Labor Day weekend as approximately 400 Cannon personnel deployed over the past week as part of Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) 3/4, according to information provided from the […]

Workshop outlines retail recruiting

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer City of Portales officials along with other entities concerned with economic development are contemplating whether or not to become more proactive in recruitment of retail business for Portales. At a workshop the city hosted Thursday at the Portales City Hall, Joe Fackel, a representative with the Buxton Company of […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Cannon chaplains meet spiritual, social needs

Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people think of church as a place to hear a sermon, sing songs and offer prayers. While Cannon’s chapel offers all of those things to worshipers, it also exceeds the parameters of regularly scheduled weekend and weekday services. Seeking to address quality of life issues for Cannon Airmen and their families, the […]

Candidate slate set for three county positions

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s position will be a two-man race with the incumbent Tom Gossett running against county deputy Darren Hooker in the June 6 primaries. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file with the county clerk’s office and three positions will be contested. Since both of them are Republicans and […]

Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Eddy Hiner and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

Street conditions atop the concern list for Lopez

Editor’s note: The following is the one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question sregarding the city’s future. Incumbent Jake Lopez, 68, is running for re-election in Ward A and will be facing Lorenzo Baca, 39. 1. In your view, what […]

Air Force Services survey needs customer input

Courtesy of 27th Services Squadron Headquarters Air Force Services has a new program to address customers’ wants and needs. Every year they conduct customer feedback surveys to assess customer satisfaction with services programs. The responses help drive policy and program decisions. People who are not randomly chosen to receive this survey can now have a […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be […]