Portales hosting development forum

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Portales will play host to one of five regional forums on rural economic development from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The forum is sponsored by New Mexico First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization designed to engage citizens in public policy, which was co-founded 20 years ago […]

New Mexico First seeks college’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating education […]

Portales native tracks presidential debates

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A former Portales resident is part of a group trying to bring a grassroots feel to the national presidential debates. Heather Balas, a 1987 graduate of Portales High School and 1991 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, is the director of voter education for the non-profit, non-partisan Commission on Presidential […]

Project details women’s role in agriculture

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Glenda Balas grew up on a peanut farm in Portales and watched her mother play a vital role in the success of her family’s business. She also watched her mother, Verla Brown, 80, receive little credit for the successes. That’s one of the reasons the University of New […]