United Way about halfway to goal

By Kevin Wilson With a little more than two weeks to go in its fund-raising campaign, the Roosevelt County United Way is about halfway to its goal. “We are about at 50 percent in hard fund-raising numbers,” said Erinn Burch, the executive director of the Roosevelt and Curry County branches of the charitable organization. “Our [...]

Chamber pays tribute to members

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By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials took the time to recognize those who have worked hard in the progress of Portales during the chamber banquet on Tuesday evening. It’s been a year which has seen many businesses expand and open. New stores such as Dollar General, American Eagle Tattoo, Buena Vista Realty [...]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed [...]

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 [...]

La Casa celebration set for Saturday

By Tony Parra The Second Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Casa Family Health Center officials said the purpose of the health center celebration is to take time out for its customers. “We’ve been here for over 28 years,” Jeanette Chavez, La [...]

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 [...]

Area residents to face off for council seat

Tony Parra Mike Miller was the Portales fire chief for nine years and a Roosevelt County manager for six years. Here are some of his ideas on the city council position. Q: What are your thoughts on the Ute Water Project? A: I’ve been with and around local government since I went to work for [...]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing [...]

Program aimed at improving communication

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are taking steps toward better communication between the university and local community. “The leadership training program was started so that full-time ENMU professionals could be more aware of the community,” Trisha Maguire, ENMU leadership advisory council member, said. “We also want to make them aware of the leadership [...]

Clovis church shows kindness to seniors

Gary Mitchell Faith Christian Family Church is hoping to give back to the seniors citizens who have given so much through its “Conspiracy of Kindness” campaign. Several area businesses have partnered with the Clovis church to provide free oil and filter changes and car washes Aug. 24-25 to all senior citizens ages 60 and older. [...]