Nursing home pays water bill before cutoff

By Mike Linn The city of Portales received payment for Heartland Continuing Care Center’s water bill on Thursday, nullifying the city’s threat to cut off the nursing home’s water because of delinquent payment. City clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said the city received payment in full — $10,760 — for the bill that was about five months […]

United Way adds two agencies

By Gary Mitchell A new program will allow the Curry County United Way to stretch its donation dollars further, according to local officials. All donations to the local office of the United Way will go directly to those in need with the help of a program called Corporate Cornerstone in which corporate donations will be […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Opposite sides of the tracks

By Jack King Sitting in a car at the raw, recently graded intersection of Wheaton Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Victor Chavez pointed north. “From here you go a mile to the hospital,” he said. “That’s what we moved here for and why should we have to give it up? I’m thinking […]

Cannon families, friends await arrival of deployed troops

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 200 Cannon “lethal warfighters” deployed at various locations for several months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom will return home to Cannon on Monday and Tuesday. Family members, colleagues and friends will be waving flags and cheering as the Cannon service members come back home, […]

Pipe dream no longer

Ute Lake was built 40 years ago when state officials dammed the Canadian River near Logan. By Dave Gragg All the experts agree: Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. But there is a solution: It’s more than 87 miles long and will cost more than $200 million to build. If the Ute pipeline […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]