Cost of federal radio mandates unclear

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Jared Tucker Roosevelt County and the city of Portales may or may not see a huge financial impact as the two prepare to make government-mandated changes to the emergency radio system, according to officials. The regulations require all municipal governments and public safety radio systems to migrate to “narrow band” channels by the end of […]

Press release: Portales schools phone system down

The Portales Municipal Schools telephone system is out of order. The following is a list of temporary numbers that can be used while the voice system is being repaired. These numbers are also posted on the website at www.portalesschools.com:• Central Office – 356-6641• Portales High School – 356-5831• Portales High School Attendance Office – 359-2087• […]

It’s their job: Michael Terry

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Michael Terry is the new Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System-Visions coordinator for Portales Municipal Schools. He said he reports student data — including demographics and test scores — to the state Public Education Department, verifies the information and puts test data into a usable format before distributing it to teachers. He feels his work influences […]

Environmentalists need to be reasonable

Biased lawmakers enacting knee-jerk legislation have created countless problems in our system of justice, especially with mandates that handcuff judges’ ability to let the punishment fit the crime. The Supreme Court on Monday took a welcome step toward restoring some sanity to the system. The court ruled that judges should have — and do have […]

KICA had popular shows

KICA Mutual Broadcasting System – 1946-1949 We sincerely believe that the 22 members of the KICA staff made a real effort to do a job for the radio listeners in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. C. J. Todd, KICA’s Farm Director, arrives each morning for the 15 minute 6:30 broadcast. County Agent for 15 […]

Cattle growers wary of livestock ID program

By Argen Duncan If the discussion is a system to trace diseases in cattle, New Mexico already has a sufficient system in place, members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association said. The group covered several topics at its southeast regional meeting Tuesday night at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to information from the Cattle […]

Water advisory lifed for Cannon

Freedom New Mexico The boil water advisory for Cannon Air Force Base and Chavez housing has been lifted. Extensive testing of the water system has determined that the contamination was isolated to one outside faucet at the Landing Zone. All other tests from inside the Landing Zone and across base and Chavez housing were negative. […]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the […]

Canada health system endless wait for some

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Oct. 17, 1982

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Portales school system has received its new computer and equipment to be used for payroll, attendance, grading and class scheduling. The system, which cost $40,145.50, includes an IBM computer, a printer and three mini-terminals, purchased from IBM in Lubbock, Texas.

PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks […]

Aug. 17, 1989

Vandals broke into the Portales water reservoir and disconnected a nipple that supplied chlorine to the city water system, according to Portales news archives. City employees said the loss of chlorine in the water supply did not effect the safety of the water.

Traffic detour planned

PNT Staff Report In order to lay sewer line connecting Sunland Inc. to the City of Portales sewer system, contractors plan to detour traffic on Kilgore Avenue at the intersection with U.S. 70 July 21-22, according to a city news release.Kilgore will be closed between U.S. 70 and East Spruce Street with traffic rerouted to […]

America hardly ‘land of the free’

Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We have […]

Points system applies to life too

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Could you check my bag please?” I wasn’t traveling anywhere, except to my house. But the man in the green uniform held a package of mine. I was at a fast food restaurant, getting a snack in contrast to my otherwise good judgment. Problem was, the person in front of […]

Curry County jail camera system being modified

F Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 days, County […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Jan. 12, 1967

A recent renovation of the city’s water distribution system

Eight-team playoff system flawed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Oklahoma and Florida meet Thursday night. One will be college football’s champion, with an imperfect 13-1 record. The other

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico In what we hope is its last great act of lunacy, Michael Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security has announced it will subject all non-Americans, including those who have been permanent legal residents for decades, to biometric tracking. The tracking is part of the US-VISIT program that began in 2003. Various elements of […]