2-12-08 Local Briefs

N.M. First announces town hall New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization formed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 announced that its 2008 statewide town hall will address rural economies and rural-urban partnerships. The town hall, entitled “Business as UNusual: A Town Hall on Rural-Urban Economic Development” will be held in Ruidoso […]

Rural N.M. values are conservative

By Allen Weh: Guest Columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]

Officials ready to proceed with project

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing in Clovis: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau of Reclamation. Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., were generally supportive of local testimony in favor […]

USDA official discusses agency

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason spoke […]

March 6, 1970

Dr. Harold K. Brasell, director of special education at Eastern New Mexico University, will attend a Western Interstate Commision on Higher Education conference on problems in special education March 9-11 in San Diego, Calif. Approximately 100 participants from both urban and rural areas of the WICHE region have been selected to attend. Participants will include […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Mondragon tapped by governor for N.M. Partnership

Freedom Newspapers Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR – Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the New Mexico Partnership. A former Clovis police chief and city manager, Mondragon represents Region 4 —Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding and Union counties — for […]

Rural letter carrier saves Portales woman’s life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Staff Writer A Portales rural letter carrier is being credited with helping to save the life of an elderly Roosevelt County woman two weeks ago after she fell at home. According to co-workers at the Portales post office, Charles “Chuck” Jones was the first to notice something was wrong at the […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 22)

RCRTC offers youth capital tour Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative is making preparations for the 2006 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 3-7. Letters and applications have been mailed out to area schools. Any student who is a junior in high school and whose parents are RCRTC members (prefixes 273, 274, 253, 276, 477, 478, […]

Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Churches The Dora Baptist youth will have charge of worship services this Sunday. Kolby Tollett will have charge of preaching. The youth singers and band will do all the music. From greeters to ushers, all will be youth. Elementary age are already busy working their Christmas program. They started Sunday afternoon and […]

ENMU intern program ended

By Tony Parra A technology information center internship program at Eastern New Mexico University has been discontinued, according to school and company officials. Kathy White, president of Rural Sourcing Inc., cited not being able to give the interns enough attention and the lack of proximity of Rural Sourcing Inc. technology centers to Portales. “We feel […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

Senate bill could secure water sources

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project that […]

Officials aim for business technology center

By Tony Parra Kathy White of Rural Sourcing Inc. conveyed by speakerphone to a mixture of city, state and Eastern New Mexico University officials that she wanted to follow a timeline to implement a business technology center in Portales. White spoke to them on Friday morning at the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]

Agriculture secretary makes visit

By Mike Linn The U.S. secretary of agriculture came to Clovis on Wednesday behind an entourage of political, dairy and technological gurus to promote broadband and wireless services in rural America and the re-election of one of New Mexico’s congressmen. Ann M. Veneman told Eastern New Mexico Rural Co-op, local business and media personnel before […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Grant to assist rural counties with emergency equipment

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Tony Parra U.S. Representative Tom Udall has announced $252,760 in grant funding to the New Mexico Department of Health to increase access to on-the-spot help for people who suffer heart attacks in rural counties in New Mexico. “These are going to be for government facilities such as the sheriff’s office or facilities where they hold […]

Dora residents assured mail delivery

Mike Linn DORA — No P. O. Box, no problem. Dora residents frustrated about returned mail heard good news Tuesday night when state post office officials promised to deliver mail as long as it made it to Dora. The decision presented to some 20 Dora residents at the Dora Community Center comes after months of […]