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Dairy owners feeling the heat

With temperatures soaring across most of the country, dairy owners are sweating market conditions as much as the heat. Doug Idsinga, a Roosevelt County dairy owner who employs 20 people, said his business has been affected by the... Full story

 

Sewer smell is back in Portales this summer

A strong sewer smell is once again wafting across the city of Portales from the south this summer. Mayor Orlando Ortega said residents are letting city officials know they’re not happy with the odors emanating from the city’s...

 

Portales officials to consider housing options

Portales city officials are considering using land located next to the golf course to build between 70 and 100 houses for Portales residents and are exploring options on how to do that. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said city... Full story

 

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the...

 

Hurlburt staff to visit area

Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing.... Full story

 

Hurlburt officials to tour Clovis and Portales

Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing....

 

Bonem House opens doors

The doors opened Tuesday to the Bonem House in Portales giving neglected and abused children, who otherwise have no place to go, a place to call home. The facility will house four boys and four girls between the ages of 7 and 12....

 

Water outlook bleak for Portales

Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use... Full story

 

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund... Full story

 

Committee will look at six traffic alternative options

Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed on researching six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be a viable option without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott... Full story

 

Portales weighing bypass

Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed to research six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be viable without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines,... Full story

 

Portales looking to solve dumpster dilemma

Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters, and it’s causing a problem, say Portales city officials. Portales city officials said it’s increasing... Full story

 

City wants better handle on trash

Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s...

 

Portales set to explore bypass

Portales residents deal with potholes, bumps, uneven streets, high and heavy traffic so for the next year residents and city officials will be looking for answers. Engineers, hired by the city, will research whether having an...

 

Bonem House set to open

A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between t...

 

Former Roosevelt deputy sentenced to five years

Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in...

 

Former deputy gets five years on sex charge

The Portales News-Tribune does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. CLOVIS — A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy will spend five years in prison...

 

Teens’ summer work spruces up city

For the next six weeks the streets of Portales will have young teens with orange vests floating around picking up trash and painting over graffiti as part of a city summer work program. “I enjoy working with people I know,... Full story

 

City OKs bonds for $84 million

Two major million-dollar projects regarding a new housing development for Eastern New Mexico University and expansion of the DairiConcepts plant took center stage at Thursday’s city meeting. Portales city councilors authorized...

 

Portales Police making more cocaine arrests

PORTALES — The number of cocaine-related arrests is on the rise, according to Portales Police officials. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry gave some examples: n A recent drug bust near the city park uncovered 50 to 54 baggies of...

 

Portales seeing more cocaine arrests

Portales police officers have seen increases in cocaine-related arrests and a decline of meth-related arrests, but Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said city and county police officers will continue to work together to combat...

 

Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him... Full story

 

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert... Full story

 

Regents OK film major

It’s lights, camera, action in Portales, now that Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major, which will have 33 core classes, to its curriculum. During Saturday’s meeting regents approved a film degree...

 

Portales residents joyful over CAFB news

Portales residents expressed relief and joy following Tuesday’s announcement that Cannon Air Force Base will be a new home for U.S. Air Force Special Operations. “I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic Sharon Davis,...

 

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