Researchers look into manure-based energy

Tony Parra Nothing goes to waste. Not even waste goes to waste. Not anymore, at least. Researchers at New Mexico State University are investigating a more efficient method of creating electric energy out of manure. NMSU civil engineers Z.A. Samani and Adrian Hanson have been working on enhancing the two-phase bio-fermentation process, which would be [...]

Board approves security system for schools

Mike Linn School officials believe a security system for all public schools will be in place by the beginning of next school year. The Portales School Board accepted a security evaluation summary by Energy Control Inc. (ECI), a Rio Rancho-based company, pending approval from the state of New Mexico. The $115,000 project will cost Portales [...]

Company keeping cows cool

Mike Linn Cool cows produce more milk — and more calves. Dairymen seeking increased production visited a New Mexico Ag Expo vendor promoting a cooling system that protects cows from excessive heat. Michael Klaseen of the Mesa, Ariz.-based Korral Kool company said excessive heat not only thwarts milk production among cows but is also a [...]

Area residents to face off for council seat

Tony Parra Mike Miller was the Portales fire chief for nine years and a Roosevelt County manager for six years. Here are some of his ideas on the city council position. Q: What are your thoughts on the Ute Water Project? A: I’ve been with and around local government since I went to work for [...]

Curry County commissioners request funds for cheese plant

Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of funding [...]

County to spend big bucks upgrading courthouse computers

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved to spend $200,000 to upgrade computer hardware and software at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The upgrade will allow employees to work faster with a more secure, less complicated network of technology. The current hardware and software provider, TRIDAC will be replaced by a combination of [...]

Video system will ease court transports

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Once just a cool tool used in science fiction flicks, the video conference system has now made its way to the Portales Municipal Court. The new video system will allow Municipal Judge Fred Arnold to arraign inmates incarcerated at the Roosevelt County Detention Center from his [...]

Area wireless service disrupted

Mike Linn Cell phone subscribers with Yucca Wireless have been experiencing frequent dropped calls over the past two weeks, especially near the east and south side of town, a dilemma yucca officials partially attribute to the implementation a new, more high-tech system. Officials there say the problem — cell phones losing connections during customer conversations [...]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured [...]

La Casa to provide new health center to Valencia

By Mike Linn The Portales School Board at Monday night’s meeting voted to accept in-house health services for students and teachers at Valencia Grade School. A nurse practitioner from La Casa Health Center will work at Valencia to provide the services, which will allow students and teachers quick diagnosis and treatment rather than having to [...]