Water rate decision postponed again

By Freedom Newspapers A decision on the New Mexico American Water rate case pending before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is expected next week, according to a PRC spokesman. The PRC postponed a decision again Thursday on the proposed water rate hike in Clovis and Edgewood, asking for additional time to compare other Edgewood-area […]

Funds moved to help control odor problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved a $250,000 transfer from utility fund reserves to pay for a short-term fix for odors emanating from the wastewater treatment plant during a special meeting Monday. They also used the opportunity to review a water, wastewater and solid waste rate study. Freeing up the reserve […]

State lawmakers sweeten their own pensions

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, lawmakers sent the governor something to sweeten their pensions. Tucked into a bill dealing with mileage rates for state workers is a provision that would change the formula for calculating the pensions of members of the Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Bill […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Officials look at teen pregnancy rates

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Public health workers for Roosevelt and Curry counties with the help of public school officials and health committees are trying to cut down the teen birth rates, with mixed results. Carol Morgan, nurse manager for the public health office in Portales, will be introducing a […]

School board optimistic on AYP

By Tony Parra Portales School District administrators are optimistic they’ll have better adequate yearly progress results than last year, when none of the schools in the district met AYP. The results will be released Aug. 1. Priscilla Mestas, director of instruction and assistant superintendent, said during a school board meeting the district has already met […]

Portales increases graduation rates

By Tony Parra The Portales Schools District has already met one requirement of the adequately yearly progress guidelines by improving its high school graduation rate from 87 percent for the 2003-04 school year to 94 percent in 2004-05 school year. The district had more than 150 students graduate, but Priscilla Mestas, assistant superintendent and director […]

Commissioners to vote on gross receipts tax increase

By Kent Graves: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners will vote June 21 on an ordinance that, if approved, will increase the county gross receipts tax and raise county revenues by an estimated $115,000 a year. A public hearing was held on Ordinance 05-03 yesterday in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Sheriff’s department asks for salary increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department officials presented county commissioners with a cost analysis on Tuesday for an increase in pay, but county commissioners stressed that it’s not in the budget. Currently the starting hourly rate for a non-certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy is $9.62 and $10.82 for a certified candidate. In comparison, Portales […]

Sheriff having problems filling vacancy

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County meeting on Tuesday turned into a discussion about the help of Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, to come up with an incentive for working at the department. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said he wants to work with the commissioners on trying to come up with a solution for the […]

Portales schools to receive Internet funds

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The federal government will pick up a portion of the tab for Portales schools’ Internet and telephone services again this year — and that could save the district tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., recently announced the potential award from the federal E-Rate program. The […]

County unemployment rates drop

By Mike Linn The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her job on Tuesday — searched the labor department’s online database for work. “This place has been helpful,” she said. She was the only one there looking […]

Water study lacking

By Jack King Studies of the financial capacities of members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to pay for the project remain incomplete, consultants said Wednesday, at the authority’s meeting in Clovis. The incomplete reports drew a sharp expression of impatience from at least one board member. Jason Bass, an economic consultant from […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

County to set rates for vehicle inspections

By Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to charge residents a set rate for choosing to have vehicles inspected by the sheriff’s department rather than by the Motor Vehicles Division. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said the free service provided by his department has at times tied up one of his employees two […]