Hotel could be back in business soon

By Tony Parra The Portales Inn may be full of life once again as a prospective contractor, Steve Nishimuta of San Diego, Calif. is in the process of renovating it and having a restaurant on the bottom floor for when it opens. Mayor Orlando Ortega presented an incentive package proposal to city councilors for the […]

Office set to help new businesses

By Laurie Stone The Small Business Development Center of Clovis Community College is opening a satellite office beginning Sept. 10 in Portales. The Roosevelt County Enterprise Center, the official name for the office, will be located at the Business Welcome Center at 100 S. Ave. A and will be scheduling one-on-one appointments Friday from 9 […]

Take my advice, just don’t expect results

By Bob Huber It amazes me how brilliant I am about so many things and why folks don’t more often seek my counsel. My wife Marilyn used to say, “Maybe you should stop trying to solve world problems and straighten out your own life.” I miss her wit. But to show what I mean, in […]

Saga will continue … as clothing store

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega called the Saga Motel, located on Ave. D near Family Dollar, an “eyesore.” By the end of the year the new owner hopes to change that. Suzi Webb purchased the property where the Saga Motel is located and will begin a new children’s clothing store and hopes to have […]

County unemployment rates drop

By Mike Linn The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her job on Tuesday — searched the labor department’s online database for work. “This place has been helpful,” she said. She was the only one there looking […]

Millers both nominated for award

By Tony Parra W.F. and Bettie Miller have been a staple in the community and they have been chosen as Pioneer of the Year award candidates. The award will be given at 5 p.m. tonight at the Memorial Building to headline the start of Heritage Days. Bettie said combined, the two have lived in Portales […]

Getting a foot in the door

Jack King A conference for business owners on how to obtain government contracts will be held Thursday in Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Titled “How to Get Through the Government Contracting Door,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include the state of New Mexico’s procurement assistance program, Small Business […]

Viewers should demand more from TV viewers

Jim Lee Well, here we are at the end of March. Another month has passed without the world going to Helena in a handcart — the good people of Montana must feel relieved. Putting such silliness aside, I need to bring up this week’s topic: Mongolian ant farms. However, a brief spasm of research advises […]

Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Sports buff appreciates teachers

PNT Staff Name: Charles L. Abbott (goes to Chuck) Occupation: Owner of Big League Sports in Portales. Age (birth date): 47 (April 22, 1956). Hometown: Albuquerque Family: Married August 2, 1987 to Jeannie Yvette Dodson (goes by Yvette); one daughter, Brittany Noel, Born Dec. 17, 1987 (16), a sophomore at Portales High School. Do you […]