Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]

Farmers’ water usage a concern

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee at Clovis Community College to explain the concerns of local residents over the consequences of unregulated […]

Elida mayor looking to change fund usage

By Tony Parra Elida Mayor Gerald Lee addressed the county commissioners on a couple of issues — deferring money to fund dispatch services and a vehicle for the Roosevelt County Detention Center to use to transport inmates. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Elida officials are trying to figure out a way to make up […]

County officials looking into portable jails

Tony Parra The reality of a portable detention facility will be researched from May 11-13 by Roosevelt County Commission officials and Roosevelt County Detention Administrator Jesse Luera when they tour a facility in use. The Roosevelt County commissioners originally scheduled to fly to New Orleans to research the facilities in late April, but Roosevelt County […]

Officials answer questions about water use in area

Jack King Ogallala Aquifer water under Curry County is being used up at a rate almost five times faster than it can be recharged, the director of the State Engineer’s water rights division said here Wednesday. Paul Saavedra, who addressed a meeting of Clovis’ water policy advisory board at city hall, said an estimated 210,000 […]

James teacher honored with annual award

Tony Parra For the second year in a row, a James Elementary teacher has won the Newspapers In Education Teacher of the Year Award. Alfreda Sigala, a second-grade bilingual teacher at James Elementary School, won the award for the Portales area. Sigala said she has been working as a James Elementary teacher for four years. […]

Council members discuss city water use

Michellle Seeber The average Portales resident uses 180 gallons of water each day without industrial use, a consultant hired by the city said Tuesday. Charles Wilson, who conducted studies of water usage in Portales and where additional water supplies might be found, made the statement Tuesday during a presentation to the Portales City Council on […]

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 […]

Legislators crack down on meth

David Arkin Methamphetamine has become such a problem in New Mexico that lawmakers may consider a bill focused on fighting the war against the highly addictive drug. Local law enforcement officials are applauding the bill, which will make an appearance soon before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge people with […]

Water documentary receives strong participation

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New […]

Temporary jails could be remedy to overcrowding

Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners Tim […]

Portales police get pay raises

Mike Linn Citing problems keeping police officers working for the city, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill successfully lobbied to attain a pay increase for certified police officers at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. The increase raises the minimum salary of certified police officers with at least six months training on the job to $24,000 from […]

Students learn xeriscaping on-line

Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will permit participants to learn to xeriscape by simply going to Netscape or other Internet programs. Students can earn […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]

E-Farming catching on

By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and chat room gossip, some are using the new technology to save money harvesting crops and peddling produce — trades that date back to the beginning of man. Just ask local farmer Sheri Jorde, who said she has saved thousands […]

Council declines credit card for official

Mike Linn Citing the state’s stringent rules regarding charge cards for city officials, the Portales City Council opted to decline the city manager a credit card at Tuesday night’s meeting. City Attorney Steven Doerr suggested City Manager Gerald Depo work on the reimbursement system for expenses tallied on business trips, which the council — and […]

Only in America; One-liners to remember

Bob HuberI’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to […]

Agriculture top water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

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By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and […]