Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

New city district map shows little change

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors voted on a redistricting option with minimal changes to district boundaries Tuesday night during the city council meeting. Sterling Fluharty, of Southwest Political Services, presented council members with three options for the redistricting of the city. “Concept A was the idea of least change or status quo oriented, so in […]

Meetings watch: City commission

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in Portales City Hall, councilors: • Approved ratification of the Finance Department’s Actions Regarding Bills for August 2011. • Approved the resolution for a special election concerning Sunday liquor sales in Portales. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the election will take place Dec. 13. • Approved the right-of-way […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Meetings watch: New recreation center director introduced at council meeting

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Argen Duncan During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • met new Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe. Kibbe has a master’s degree in health and physical education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from Eastern New Mexico University. Having started work Monday, she said she plans to […]

City councilors concerned about water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have, and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

City Coucil to honor local volunteer

Portales City Councilors are to honor local volunteer Frankye King and vote on an agreement with Eastern New Mexico University for mutual aid protection at their meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Memorial Building. A ceremony recognizing King as recipient of the city’s Excellence in Citizenship award begins the evening, and the business meeting […]

City councilors meet tonight

PNT staff Portales city councilors will meet with members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority in a workshop at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The primary emphasis of the meeting, according to Mayor Orlando Ortega, is the proposed expansion of regulatory powers by the water authority. Ortega said Portales city representatives don’t […]

Proposed restaurant to appeal zoning decision

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales City Councilors will hear an appeal of a zone change for a proposed restaurant at their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glen Johnson of J-4 Barbecue is appealing a denial of his and his partners’ request to change the zoning of a piece of property at 1309 […]