Weather doesn’t put damper on Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Attendants of the New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday fought off a brisk blanket of snow and sludged indoors for a better understanding of the latest technologies in agriculture. Early in the day, some 50 people heard New Mexico State University’s Clay Mathis speak on the current U.S. Animal Identification Plan, a proposed […]

Residents discuss moving Greyhound Arena closer to town

Tony Parra Portales residents discussed stronger ties with Eastern New Mexico University, implementing a more active downtown and the importance of the new cheese plant at a town hall meeting Thursday night at The Roosevelt. The meeting was the first of a handful scheduled to help develop a comprehensive plan for Portales. The state of […]

Proposed bill could provide money for ENMU

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Officials worried about gross receipts tax

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

City awarded grant to help plan future

Tony Parra Portales has its grant, it has its city planner and tonight the community can help take the next step in coming up with a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. There will be a town hall meeting open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at The Roosevelt restaurant on the […]

Immigrants could get more opportunities under Bush’s plan

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Bush’s temporary worker program could mean more than just a chance for New Mexico’s illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows of the state’s unofficial economy, a state Labor Department spokesman said. The proposal could pave the way for high-skilled undocumented workers to move legally up the labor market […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]

City ready to look to future

Tony Parra The city of Portales is looking for the right person to help guide it into the future. Mayor Orlando Ortega selected a diverse, seven-member committee to help select a city planner responsible for creating a Comprehensive Plan within 12 months. The plan will determine in what direction the Portales community is headed for […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]

Tuberculosis found in area cattle

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]

Officials work on long-term water plan

By Mike Linn Portales city officials are hoping to secure the city’s water future with a three-pronged approach, emphasizing conservation, funding for a regional pipeline and the ongoing search for areas to drill into the Ogallala Aquifer. The city’s 40-year water plan, prepared by consultant Charles Wilson of Santa Fe, estimates the city will be […]