New Mexico Christian Academy will close this year for lack of funds

Mike Linn Citing overwhelming financial struggles, officials at the New Mexico Christian Academy on Tuesday decided the K-12 school would not be open this school year. Sherill Wofford, the school’s principal, said the academy may be open in the fall of 2004 if school officials can raise at least $350,000 to build a new school […]

Workshop examines Ogallala decline

MIke Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future of […]

RGH diverts patients due to lack of nurses

Mike Linn Some patients seeking admission to the Roosevelt General Hospital last weekend were diverted to Clovis due to a staffing shortage of nurses. It was the first time RGH officials diverted patients since the hospital’s inception almost two years ago, according to RGH Administrator James D’Agostino. “We don’t ever want to admit a patient […]

City votes to remove unused vehicles

Mike Linn The Portales City Council on Tuesday voted to tow roughly 50 unregistered and inoperable vehicles from a Portales man’s property. On May 1, District Judge Stephen Quinn ruled that Jim Brumfield had violated a city code prohibiting unregistered vehicles on property and gave city officials the power to seize such vehicles from his […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

PNM examines city gas lines

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Mike Linn In an effort to ensure safety, PNM Gas Company personnel spent Thursday probing gas lines throughout the city and found no new natural gas leaks. Officials with the company said they will also search today for any leaks in the 88 miles of natural gas pipeline in Portales. On Wednesday afternoon, city officials […]

Gas line ruptured; residents evacuated

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Mike Linn Portales city officials evacuated several homes in a city neighborhood and stopped traffic in a four-block area Wednesday after an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured. The rupture split sections of a road and leaked an unknown amount of gas in the air, according to officials. The leak occurred at about 3 p.m. near […]

Police cracking down on truancy

By Mike Linn Area officials are cracking down on parents whose children frequently rack up unexcused absences in school. The Portales Police Department has warrants on two parents with children in the Portales School District. In Clovis, the crackdown has already reached the courts, resulting in probation and fines for one parent found guilty of […]

Council declines credit card for official

Mike Linn Citing the state’s stringent rules regarding charge cards for city officials, the Portales City Council opted to decline the city manager a credit card at Tuesday night’s meeting. City Attorney Steven Doerr suggested City Manager Gerald Depo work on the reimbursement system for expenses tallied on business trips, which the council — and […]

Cannon families, friends await arrival of deployed troops

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 200 Cannon “lethal warfighters” deployed at various locations for several months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom will return home to Cannon on Monday and Tuesday. Family members, colleagues and friends will be waving flags and cheering as the Cannon service members come back home, […]