Resolution to lose weight overrated

Most of us make resolutions in the New Year and probably have a hard time keeping them even for the month of January. On top of this list there usually is the timeless favorite “losing weight” resolution. It lasts for about one to two weeks and then goes out the window because truth is, no […]

Council receives unexpected funds

PNT Staff Report Unexpected money rained down on the Portales City Council from Santa Fe during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting. It came in the form of a state legislature appropriation for $120,026 that Jim Good, director of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, had been unaware of previously. He said he was recently contacted by the […]

PAT gets council’s budget OK

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave the nod for Portales Area Transit to pursue funding from New Mexico Department of Transportation to allow the operation of its transportation programs. Councilors expressed concerns that the $55,164 request on the proposal was out of range with a cap they had previously placed on […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Portales City Councilors: • Issued a proclamation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. • Approved a resolution closing out a Community Development Block Grant project for Geographic Information Service technology. • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement for projects funded in the 2007 Legislature. […]

Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

Odor remains hot topic

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ongoing debate over controlling odors in Portales moved to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents’ arena Thursday during a special meeting. The Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales has drawn complaints from residents and has been the topic of discussion at County Commission and City Council meetings […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

Council requests more information

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors tossed a preliminary subdivision plat approval back to city staff and the planning commission Tuesday, looking for more information. Desert Oasis Subdivision, proposed by David Sanders of Portales, seeks a mixed-use development with up to three commercial lots and an undetermined number of residential lots on […]

Resident fired up over burn ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners tabled a proposed burn ordinance Tuesday following a public hearing in which one resident did a slow burn over the proposed law. The ordinance called for a year-round burn ban that can be lifted by resolution when conditions warrant. Roosevelt County resident Hal Jilek views the […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

Western Bank looking for new home

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved a resolution which would allow Western Bank officials to demolish apartment buildings in Portales to build a new commercial banking building. The Western Bank officials are purchasing the apartments with the help of the Portales MainStreet Association members and the city of Portales. According to […]

Area residents make 2006 resolutions

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Leslie Spence: PNT Staff Writer With 2005 coming to a close, many local residents are entering the new year with promises of change. At the beginning of each year, Americans think of resolutions to make the new year better than the one before. Clovis and Portales residents are no different. Lose Weight According to the […]

City decides to move polling places before spring elections

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council approved two election related resolutions Tuesday night as they moved swiftly through their regular agenda. Councilors gave unanimous approval to a resolution moving two polling places in time for municipal elections next spring. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she had been approached by school officials from L.L. […]

City council discusses legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors met on Tuesday an hour before the city meeting to have their legislative priorities in order for Gov. Bill Richardson. They met and agreed the top priority is street improvements, followed by the purchase of equipment. The third priority is concrete approaches’ improvements. City Manager Debi […]

Developers find opposition regarding Ute Lake

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Two developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New Mexico. Developers Sid Strebeck and Warren Frost, who sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore, are asking the […]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. […]

County commission to introduce gay marriage resolution

PNT Staff All signs point towards the approval of a resolution of No. 04-06, prohibiting the issuance of marriage license to couples of the same sex in Roosevelt County in today’s county commission meeting. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said originally, the commissioners were going to pass a ordinance to disallow the issuance of marriage […]

County officials approve funds for voting machines

PNT Staff Roosevelt County officials met for a brief special session on Thursday afternoon in the courthouse to talk about the election year. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze proposed resolution requesting approval for purchase of four voting machines, which will cost $6,200 apiece, to replace the old ones. Fraze said there was money in the […]

Residents flock to city council meeting to discuss rehab center

Mike Linn The Portales City Council’s meeting Tuesday night was packed with residents seeking to discuss issues related to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center planned near L. L. Brown Grade School. Mayor Orlando Ortega allowed only a few citizens to speak about the issue, stating that owners of the building must first obtain a […]