U.S. 70 Project hearing set

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Consultants are suggesting two options for the reconstruction of U.S. 70 through Portales, and a public hearing on the project is set for June 30. The project, planned to begin next year, would rebuild two miles of U.S. 70 from about the southwest edge of town to Bryan Avenue, […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities

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By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]

Shout out: Student project benefits Hartley House

Submitted by: Lucia Benoit Floyd Family and Consumer Science students set out to create a community service project for an area group. In conjunction with the school’s FCCLA club, the 11 students chose material they found fun for cozy blankets to be used by children or adults and used their sewing unit to make blankets […]

Portales Past: May 14, 1960

May 14, 1960: City officials were pushing a proposed paving project. Promotional ads proclaimed, “The mayor and council members want to make as many progressive moves as possible, but we want your reaction because you are going to pay for the paving. If you do not protest, the city governing body will assume that you […]

Big Give brings Cannon, local community together

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections About 100 Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members spent April in the community working in hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, cleaning graffiti and more. The community service is part of the Big Give project. The project is a way for airmen to be involved in the community, Project […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

ENMU Music Building near the end of its remodel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer With a revamped theater, energy efficiency and lots more, the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building is near the end of its remodel. David Burks, superintendent of Bradbury Stamm contracting company, said his crews are finishing the project that started a year ago. ENMU Director of Media Relations […]

Science captures students’ minds

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Project Green House, volcano research, painting the globe, and paper transformer are four programs taking on special significance for science students at Elida Schools. The green house project helps students learn to plant and care of plants. Vigo Torske, a science teacher at Elida, said they started the green […]

Students use music to draw out artwork

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal Schools. Kate Karr, Melrose school music director and ENMU voice instructor, has instituted the Art-2-Music project. ENMU artists Christopher Calderon and Heather Hancock taught Melrose third- through sixth-graders painting […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a […]

Elida students’ mural to be published

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Elementary School fourth-graders participated in a nation wide art project. The collaborative art project between 42 other schools in the U.S. challenged students to create a mural of their state. Joeli Cathey’s class created a 5-foot-by-6-foot replica of New Mexico that will appear with other state murals in […]

Cannon solicits contractors for housing privatization

By Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In order to comply with the DOD directive that all Air Force Bases are to have housing privatization, Cannon has joined with several bases from the Northern United States in negotiating contracts to solicit civilian contractors. Because at one time Cannon was slated […]

Cannon partners with communities in water project

27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Groundwater is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, including the High Plains of eastern New Mexico. The Federal government recognized the importance of this resource for the long-term sustainability of this region and earlier this year President Obama authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to spend up […]

Bill OKs $1 million for Ute project

Freedom New Mexico A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama, according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, but a projected enrollment increase this fall will set a record. ENMU is seeing an overall enrollment increase of 10.7 percent to more than 4,550 students. According to a news release from ENMU, the previous record enrollment was 4,342 in fall […]

Son continuing family plane project

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Dennis Williams is building a Van’s RV-6A kit airplane in his front yard. Williams and his father began the project in 1998, prior to his father’s death. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Eleven years after beginning a Van’s RV-6A kit airplane with his father, Dennis Williams has resurrected […]

Volunteers unearth Blacktower Cemetery

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Zayed Antonio was one of about 15 volunteers who came to the Blacktower cemetery to help uncover graves during the clean up day. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several […]

Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]