City officials: Report confirms need for new water supply

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Jared Tucker The annual water report recently presented to the Portales City Council paints a gloomy picture for the area’s water supply. According to the city’s water consultant, Charles Wilson, the High Plains Aquifer currently has a saturation thickness of 42 feet and is declining at a rate of 3.4 feet per year at the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cannon, water fights and who’s on first

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Ideas sought The Joint Land Use Study Committee is hosting a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Senior Center. Members of the public will be asked to offer ideas on land used by both Cannon Air Force Base and the civilian community. You […]

Ute water authority to meet, discuss selling shares

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority is set to meet at 10 a.m Aug. 19 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Included in the meeting will be an inquiry to see if anybody is interested in selling shares of water in the Ute Reservoir until the Ute Pipeline project is in service. Officials have […]

City removes water alert

Freedom New Mexico The city of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Press release: City rescinds water alert

The City of Portales has rescinded the mandatory water alert declared last Thursday. Water pumps have been repaired, and, thanks to the cooperation of local residents, businesses and the recent rains, acceptable levels have been reached in the city’s water tanks. The City of Portales would like to extend its gratitude for the community cooperation […]

Water restrictions will likely be lifted Monday

PNT staff A mandatory water alert in Portales will be lifted Monday if all goes according to plan, said City Manager Tom Howell. The water restriction, which bans watering lawns, was enacted Thursday because two pumps in one of the city’s well fields were malfunctioning. The decreased production meant the city storage tanks couldn’t be […]

Pump malfunction forces water restrictions

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Jared Tucker Portales residents are under water restriction because two pumps at one of the city’s well fields are malfunctioning. The city issued a stage two water rationing alert Thursday and is asking residents to stop watering lawns until two pumps are repaired or replaced and the level of the city’s water tank reaches 20 […]

Press release: City requires mandatory water rationing

Due to recent elevated watering demands, the City of Portales has entered mandatory water rationing for the entire Portales community. This will be in effect until water tank levels rise back to acceptable levels of twenty (20) feet. Residents are requested to not water at all until further notice to allow tank levels to reach […]

Water authority OKs finance plan

Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to obtain federal money for the $500 million Ute Water Project. The 7-member board representing communities across eastern New Mexico also decided to buy excess water from private landowners. The finance plan calls for issuing $15 million in water authority […]

City councilors concerned about water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have, and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Health program open to community

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Neck deep in water, about two dozen people do leg exercises with pool noodles, stretch and more. They are participating in Amiee Constantopoulos’ water aerobics class as part of the Eastern New Mexico University Lifelong Wellness Program. Water aerobics student Shirley Wormington credits the class with her ability to regain a full range of motion […]

Portales past: June 4, 1941

June 4, 1941: Heavy rains, some estimated at 8 to 10 inches, left dozens of Roosevelt County homes and roads flooded. C.A. Franklin, who lived 5 miles north and 2 miles east of Portales, reported water standing 3 feet deep in his chicken house and all his chickens drowned.

Friday morning briefing: Pet video, swim lessons amd Smoke on the Water

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day See what’s hot in summer reading at the Portales Public Library. Jump in The Portales City Pool is offering swim lessons. Lifeguard training is also available. Lessons are available at different levels of ability, and adults can take water aerobics or […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Portales City Hall. At the meeting: • Wendell Bostwick, Curry County’s representative and a county commissioner, said he has been approached by smaller communities within Curry County on how to transfer some of their reserved water rights at the Ute Reservoir. Scott […]

Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

Boil water advisory lifted for Landing Zone

Freedom New Mexico The boil water advisory for The Landing Zone has been lifted by the New Mexico Environmental Department following two consecutive water samplings that tested negative for the E. Coli bacteria April 26, according to a release from Cannon Air Force Base’s public affairs office. Several corrective actions were also taken, including disinfecting […]

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. […]

Cannon water advisory still in effect

Freedom New Mexico State environmental officials will likely keep a boil water order in place for Cannon Air Force Base through the weekend. NMED spokeswoman Marissa Bardino said Friday the order will probably be lifted Monday. In the meantime, residents of Cannon and Chavez Manor housing are still advised to boil water for five minutes […]

Water advisory continues for Cannon

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico State environmental officials expect a boil water order at Cannon Air Force Base will be lifted by Saturday at the latest. The order was issued Wednesday after testing revealed E. coli contamination of Cannon’s water. Drinking water Compliance Operation Manager Mike Huber said Cannon has increased chlorine levels in […]

Press Release: Boil water advisory remains in effect at Cannon AFB

Santa Fe, NM –The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has issued a “boil water advisory” for Cannon Air Force Base. NMED issued the advisory on April 21 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Cannon AFB. NMED requires Cannon to notify […]