Altrusa plans holiday fundraiser

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Deck the … tables … with bows of holly. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has scheduled the 11th annual Holiday Happenings table decoration display, luncheon and style show for Dec. 6. The event, Altrusa’s major fundraiser, has provided funds for Roosevelt General Hospital, playground equipment, school band instruments and […]

Obama’s planned tax cuts costly to working class

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare plan that will transfer billions of dollars from those who earned it and to others who didn’t. He doesn’t call his plan “welfare” or even “hand-outs,” which would be accurate descriptions. Instead, Obama portrays this massive redistribution of wealth as “tax cuts,” which is more palatable […]

Local Briefs Oct. 9

PNT Staff Reports Floyd schools plan homecoming Floyd schools will celebrate homecoming this weekend, starting with a bonfire at 7 p.m. Friday at Jim and Judy Chandler’s home. The homecoming coronation will be held at noon Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the varsity Broncos football game against Springer. Also on Saturday, the Lady Broncos […]

Commissioners agree to water pipline modifications

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners agreed to modifications to a water pipeline construction plan proposed by the city of Portales. The pipeline, which would pass under a county road, would be used to reroute water in the event of water-line breaks, which have plagued the city in recent years. Roosevelt County […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

Financial rescue plan must not allow undue risk

Freedom Communications Last week the financial industry was exposed as much more vulnerable to what might have seemed like ephemeral economic developments than almost anybody — including most in the industry — imagined. The supposedly wise people of Washington are huddling to come up with a plan to “stabilize” the markets that will undoubtedly cost […]

County manager plans jail changes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he plans to reveal an action plan for the adult detention center next week after he evaluates the recommendations of consultants. The plan is being drafted in response to the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates who cut a hole in the jail’s […]

Volunteers will test new retirement plan

By Tom Philpott A Pentagon study recommends a complex four-part retirement plan be tested on a few thousand military volunteers to verify it would be a more equitable, flexible and efficient system than the prized 20-year benefit used by the military since the end of World War II. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jan “Denny” […]

Meeting will iron out plans for square

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A technical meeting will be held on Monday addressing concerns raised by county and city officials about the design of the Downtown Master Plan.The purpose of the master plan design is to promote tourism and new business to the downtown square. The cornerstones of the plan include balancing the […]

Clovis, CAFB join forces on clean energy plan

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — The state, the U.S. Air Force and three New Mexico cities agreed Wednesday to pursue solar, wind and “cow power” projects with the aim of increasing the use of clean energy. The potential projects include a wind electricity generation facility and a plant to produce energy from dairy […]

Council approves zoning for Downtown Master Plan

Thomas Garcia The Portales City Council moved one step closer to revamping downtown as they adopted an ordnance approving the zoning district for the Downtown Master Plan. The Master Plan, approved June 17, has designated character zones which include shopfronts, live-work, urban residential and mixed use. “Adoption of this ordinance puts in place and enforces […]

City council approves downtown master plan

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A resolution for adopting the Downtown Master Plan was approved at the regular meeting of the Portales City Council on

Downtown master plan presented

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales wants to see more people downtown: Shopping, congregating, walking, bicycling, eating and even living downtown. It’s all part of a master plan to make the downtown area more walkable, shopable and livable. The master plan and downtown zoning code was presented to a crowd of […]

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

Kids concert to benefit Food Bank

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Two local music artists plan to hold a concert to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Andy Mason and Don Thomas will hold a concert for children from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial building. “The concert will help the children in the area and it will […]

DOD fears education could incite exodus

Tom Philpott Defense officials are alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress this year will enact the robust GI Bill education plan designed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. One Defense official, who declined to be named, described the bill as a “retention killer” for the all-volunteer military. Webb reintroduced his bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans […]

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

God has plan for everyone, including you

By Joan Clayton Have you ever wondered if God really is in control of your life and if he knows every detail? Have you gone down a dark trail of pain and asked, “Why me?” If you have, you are not alone. Many of the biblical giants (“heroes of faith”) had the same feelings. Think […]

Cannon, Holloman may receive new aircraft

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By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means potential changes for the state’s three bases. The document, released Wednesday, offers hints about what aircraft might be based at the reconfigured […]