Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

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 […]

Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at […]

City cracking down on book borrowers

Mike Linn Local librarians scored a major victory in the never-ending battle to recoup books when the Portales City Council adopted an ordinance that would make not returning a book a petty misdemeanor. The ordinance passed by a 6-1 vote at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Council member Jake Lopez cast the lone no vote. […]

City on its way to finding new manager

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com And then there were two. The Portales City Council narrowed it’s choice for city manager to two candidates on Monday after an executive session from 5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Debi Lee of Hobbs and Michael Steele of Croswell, Mich., are the two finalists for the […]

City council could modify transit service

Mike Linn The Portales City Council is thinking about modifying the Portales Area Transit program, which may include a $20,000 budget cut toward funding for the 2004/2005 fiscal year. City Council members say the bus service is necessary for the community but other entities like La Casa Health Services and the Portales Senior Citizens also […]

Talking spirits

Mike Linn Portales voters in the March general election may have an opportunity to decide whether local restaurant owners can serve beer and wine with food. City Council member Gary Watkins said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting that local restaurant owners have asked him why the city offers liquor licenses — which are far […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]

Book borrowers beware

Mike Linn Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason won’t be knocking down doors looking for local library looters any time soon. But Portales citizens may end up in court charged with petty misdemeanors if they continually ignore requests to return books. The Portales City Council on Tuesday adopted a notice of intent to amend an ordinance […]