Mayor’s Christmas Tree program set

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer

Santa is coming to Portales early this year, and he might stop at a few more houses.

A tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa, is scheduled to brighten the evening Monday at City Hall. The evening offers a chance to give a gift to children who might not otherwise receive one.

“It’s important because it shows our community spirit by giving back to those who may not have the means to have a traditional Christmas,” said city Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Wilkening.

The event includes a welcome from Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., a