In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint […]

Odor remains hot topic

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ongoing debate over controlling odors in Portales moved to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents’ arena Thursday during a special meeting. The Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales has drawn complaints from residents and has been the topic of discussion at County Commission and City Council meetings […]

Dairy company hears residents’ smell concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DairiConcepts officials said Wednesday work being done to remedy an odor problem associated with its wastewater that drew the ire of neighbors last summer should be completed by the end of May. DairiConcepts, a milk processing plant that produces primarily a powdered product called milk protein concentrate met with […]

Foul odor concerns neighbors

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Zoning and nuisance issues dominated Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. County residents Butch and Tommy Allen raised concerns about a neighbor who has moved in approximately 80 calf hutches on adjoining property near their home just west of the city limits. Not only are the hutches […]

Farm bill drawing local attention

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Agriculture committee members from eastern New Mexico have the support of Roosevelt County commissioners in lobbying efforts on the farm bill which could hurt area farmers. Blake Curtis, president of the Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico lobbying group, told commissioners during Tuesday’s commission meeting that stipulations in the […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]