School board readies for superintendent selection

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members have moved on to the first steps of hiring a new superintendent of schools to replace the outgoing James Holloway, a task they hope to accomplish in the next two months. School board members held an executive session on Wednesday afternoon and met for more […]

Many bases targeted for closure

By David Irvin Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While state and local officials and federal lawmakers have expressed hope that Cannon Air Force Base will expand as a […]

In an election, all participants win

By Jim Lee Although last week’s column followed the general election by only five days and would have been a timely topic, I decided against commenting about it then. At first, I thought I should write about it, but after a bit of reflection, I changed my mind. The event culminated a period of particularly […]

Q&A, Jeff Bingaman

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Portales last week. He sat down with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff for about 30 minutes. Q: What are the chances the Ute Water Project will receive 80 percent funding from the federal government, with 10 percent from the state and 10 percent from local […]

Portales has new building inspector

By Tony Parra The city of Portales hired a new building inspector, Billy Roach, and after earning his certification he’s been playing catch-up by inspecting buildings and granting licenses. Economic Development Director Darla Wilhoit said Roach was hired on April 5 and gained his certification from the Construction Industries Division of New Mexico last week […]

Researchers look into manure-based energy

Tony Parra Nothing goes to waste. Not even waste goes to waste. Not anymore, at least. Researchers at New Mexico State University are investigating a more efficient method of creating electric energy out of manure. NMSU civil engineers Z.A. Samani and Adrian Hanson have been working on enhancing the two-phase bio-fermentation process, which would be […]

Property purchased for new hotel

Tony Parra TNJ Management on Wednesday purchased the property of the Hillcrest Motel off of U.S. 70, where they plan to build a 70-room hotel by 2005, city officials confirmed. Mayor Orlando Ortega and Kim Huffman, chairman of the Roosevelt Community Development Corporation, confirmed on Wednesday that TNJ Management has closed the deal on the […]

City officials lobby for funds to legislature

Tony Parra Roosevelt County and the Portales City Council may have two different ways of lobbying to the state legislature but one aspect remains the same: representation at the New Mexico state legislature. The city is represented by its city councilors and Mayor Orlando Ortega in the lobbying process. They are vital in bringing in […]

Another Meth Lab Goes Down

By Mike Linn City police raided another methamphetamine lab in Portales early Wednesday morning and arrested a man and his wife who were on probation. Police arrested Rachael Martinez, 31, and Michael Martinez, 36, on trafficking, violation of probation and possession charges around 4:30 a.m. at their home on the 1700 block of North Abilene. […]