Senator foresees area growth

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy […]

Ute Water Project goes to Senate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New […]

Wives gets taste of potential new home

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSpouses of Air Force officers and airmen who visited Clovis and Portales with the Hurlburt delegation talked to the news media Friday. They are, from left, Tricia Bauernfeind, Brandy Hewins and Lisa Dunaway. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the […]

Ortega, Juanita

Juanita Ortega, 89, of Clovis died Friday, May 5, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Quanah, Texas, to Amado and Maria Duran Ortega. She worked in nursing as a home health caretaker. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by […]

Officials putting water on agenda

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and some area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other […]

Water project could get boost from Legislature

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the project. […]

Portales officials pursuing housing development

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed […]

Clovis mayor feels development might compromise pipeline project

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Bruce Hamon of Hamon Contractors Inc. gives a presentation detailing Ute Lake Ranch development project Wednesday during a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during […]

New Zealand ambassador to visit Portales dairy plant

Freedom Newspapers New Zealand ambassador to the United States John Wood will tour the Dairiconcepts milk plant in Portales’ industrial park Tuesday, according to a press release from the City of Portales. The plant, which employs more than 100 people, is a partnership between New Zealand’s Fonterra and Dairy Farmers of America, dairy cooperatives in […]

Goddard hands Rams 42-0 whipping

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Portales running back Cruz Ontiveros takes a pitch for a 21-yard gain in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Goddard at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Portales, 1-1 in Class 3A play so far, got a rude welcome to its first foray […]