Dodge to run for re-election

CMI Staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Snooping bill raises risk of ID theft

Freedom Newspapers A Big Brother bill quietly moving through the House of Representatives would effectively end Americans’ online privacy. H.R.1981, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, would force Internet service providers to maintain a national database of every user’s name, address, phone number, credit card information, bank account numbers and IP address. […]

Lottery scholarship bill would freeze tuition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer State senators are considering ways to keep the Lottery Scholarship program solvent, and Eastern New Mexico University representatives agree it’s important. The program pays tuition at state-supported New Mexico universities. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Dist. 27, has introduced a bill that would freeze tuition for students on the scholarship throughout […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Portales City Hall, authority representatives: • agreed to allow lobbyist John Ryan to plan a local Nov. 4 event in which stakeholders in the Ute Water Pipeline would give testimony about themselves and the need for the pipeline and the $25 million the authority […]

Portales Past: May 31, 1910

May 31, 1910: Representatives of the Southwest Holiness Association visited Portales with plans to start a college. The response was less than welcoming, with only the mayor, a press representative and “two others who went to sleep” attending the meeting, the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Growth committee proposes executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision during a Tuesday meeting of the committee, made up of Clovis and Portales representatives, at Clovis City Hall. The committee is composed of […]

U.S. House approves $68 million for Cannon Air Force Base projects

Freedom New Mexico More than $68 million for Cannon Air Force Base was approved Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. The FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the House of Representatives by a 415-3 vote. Items for Cannon include: • […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Jan. 11, 1956

Jay Morgan, a local attorney, announced that he would run for the second seat the county held in the state House of Representatives. A constitutional amendment passed the previous September had added another seat in the house.

State officials listen to local concerns for capital outlay

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Senators and representatives are seeing an increase in money requests from cities and counties they serve and on Thursday they listened to what Portales city officials wanted. Mayor Orlando Ortega informed Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa and Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell about […]

Clovis being considered for meat packing plant

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers By Tonya Garner CNJ Staff Writer Mum is the word from Clovis officials on the possibility a Wisconsin-based meatpacker is considering a plant in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area is one of two sites being considered for a plant that could employ up to 2,500 people, according to published reports […]

Celebration returning to Portales

By Tony Parra Portales was such a popular place for the Channel 10 television representatives two years ago that the station will be making another trip to Portales for its Summer Celebration Tour. During the tour on July 11, Channel 10 anchors will be conducting a telecast live from the downtown square in Portales. Portales […]

Congressman Pearce poses questions at town hall meeting

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers A questioned posed by Congressman Steve Pearce made one local business owner think of the Oscar Mayer Weiner. Specifically, Sid Strebeck envisioned the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, or something equally recognizable and memorable that eastern New Mexico could use to glean national attention to help save Cannon Air Force base. The […]

ENMU in negotiation for Willie Nelson concert

By Tony Parra Country legend Willie Nelson may just be going “On The Road Again” and make his way down to Portales for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials confirmed that university representatives are in negotiations with the country singer to perform in Portales. “Officially we haven’t released anything,” Jeff Blake, program […]

Jan. 9 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. • There will be no school Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Basketball • Monday, junior high girls and boys vs. Fort Sumner here, 5 p.m. • Tuesday, JV boys, varsity girls and boys vs. Gateway Christian here, 4 p.m. […]

Bingaman pays visit to Portales

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By Tony Parra U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said it is possible for the Ute Water Project to receive federal funding from congress but one of the issues is exactly what percentage of it will be from the federal department. Bingaman introduced a bill to the senate which would require 80 percent of funding come from […]

Local democrats meet with presidential campaign officials

Tony Parra The Iowa Caucus has kicked off the 2004 election year and the Roosevelt County Democrats are all in agreement of one thing: No more George W. Bush. About 50 democrats met to hear officials representing the campaigns of Howard Dean and Sen. John Kerry at the Memorial Building on Monday. “I’ve thought a […]