PHS news — Nov. 8

NMHSCE re-takes offered The New Mexico High School Competency Exam (NMHSCE) will be administered Jan. 18-21 to former PHS students from graduating classes 2006 to 2011, who completed all credits but failed one or more portions of the graduation test. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call 356-7015. […]

Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the […]

Broken nose give away ram’s temperament

When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in all the right places, especially his rear […]

My turn: Playing hookie requires careful planning

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One of my favorite episodes of the 1970s “Laverne & Shirley” TV show was when Laverne and Shirley played hookie from work. It was more trouble that it was worth. As an adult, I won’t admit playing “hookie” from work. I had to carefully plan my “sick days.” As lifestyles editor in Hobbs, Mondays were […]

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Clovis moving ahead with affordable housing plan

When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken at length […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Clovis chamber planning business meet

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Business After Hours” event 5 p.m. Thursday at Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on 3100 E. Mabry Dr. Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said the event is free and open to the public.

Building permits steady

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com The City of Portales is on track to issue the same number of building permits this fiscal year as last year, according to the planning director. The city compiles building permits for fiscal years, which run July through June. Although the numbers for the first half […]

Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Sharna Johnson Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still do a number of things to help reduce their taxes before the window closes on 2010, according to tax preparers. […]

Housing forum attendees say more rentals needed

Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials came to one conclusion: The area needs more rentals. The forum was held by the planning group Thursday to host communication between military personnel and housing market officials about a lack of affordable housing […]

Weekly update — Aug. 1

Stargazer to be improved The Portales MainStreet program is planning to improve the Stargazer, its open-air venue on Main Street. The Stargazer opened last year for a couple of functions, but the roof and front wall caved in, said MainStreet board officer Greg Erf. Since then, the group has cleared the debris and put up […]

Volunteer profile: Glen McCoy

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Name: Glen McCoy Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University professor Volunteers with: Habitat for Humanity, Portales Meals on Wheels, Council of Professors Emeritus, Planning and Zoning Committee, American Heart Association, Babe Ruth League Baseball, Portales Kiwanis Club. Why he does it: “Throughout my life, other people have helped my family and I in […]

Monday morning briefing: Planning for the fair and cheers for Yucca

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Fair planning Curry County is holding a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Indoor Pavilion. Purpose of this meeting will be to review plans the Populous design firm has drafted for a Fairgrounds Master Plan. Video game of the week Our game specialist […]

Land commissioner candidate would advocate for farm, oil industries

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PNT staff PNT staff A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a […]

Art contests open to local students

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Arts Council, Portales Municipal School District (PMSD), and Eastern New Mexico University are planning a sidewalk chalk art competition and juried art exhibition. Called “K through ENMU,” the event celebrates National Youth Art Month. A press release from the university said it will showcase artistic talents of […]

Embriodery tips featured on program

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on embroidery decoupage, restoring wooden floors and planning events will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. If you’ve tried machine embroidery, but have trouble with placement, then embroidery decoupage may be the answer. Patsy Shields will demonstrate this method, which gives […]