Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

Commander’s Action Line

When I PCS to Cannon, will I have to store my firearms at the Base Armory or will I be allowed to store them in my personal Gun Safe? Also, I have my Concealed Weapons permit so how will that work if I’m required to keep my pistol in the armory? Will I need to […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Concealed weapon permit numbers rise

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Curry County residents account for about 3 percent of concealed weapon permit holders in the state. There are 186 Curry County citizens and 45 Roosevelt County residents currently authorized to carry concealed handguns, according to the Department of Public Safety. More than 7,000 permits have been issued in New Mexico, […]

Lagoon permit hearing set for today

PNT Staff Report A public hearing on a groundwater discharge permit for a Roosevelt County dairy is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Memorial Building, according to a press release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The hearing, originally scheduled for May 10, was postponed to allow the public more time to participate, according […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Portales City Councilors: • Issued a proclamation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. • Approved a resolution closing out a Community Development Block Grant project for Geographic Information Service technology. • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement for projects funded in the 2007 Legislature. […]

City seeks fix for sewer problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors took a series of actions at Tuesday’s regular meeting they hope will provide residents with short-term relief from odors coming from the city’s waste water treatment plant. After hearing a presentation from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering, councilors directed City Manager Debi Lee to begin the […]

Plant gets thumbs up

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A hurdle for a company that wants to produce 108 million gallons of ethanol annually in Clovis has been cleared, albeit with suggested concessions, according to a state hearing officer. New Mexico Environment Department hearing officer Felicia Orth recommended ConAgra Trade Group be issued a permit for the construction and […]

Ethanol plant permit decision expected by May

By Freedom Newspapers Whether the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant gets the go-ahead for its air quality permit from the New Mexico Environment Department could be decided by mid-May, according to NMED officials. A public hearing concerning the air quality permit for the proposed facility is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Clovis Civic Center, according […]