Councilors look to simplify finances

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to consolidate the city’s bank accounts. Councilors authorized city officials to negotiate terms with First Community Bank. Other banks submitting proposals were Portales National Bank and Wells Fargo. Councilor Mike Miller, a member of the city’s finance committee, said the move would help […]

Mayor says ‘no’ to third term

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. announced Monday morning that he will not seek a third term. He said he made a pledge when elected that he would not seek a third term and made the announcement early out of resepect to citizens, city councilors and city staff. Councilors who attended […]

City councilors approve alcohol resolution

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer City councilors on Tuesday approved a resolution allowing the Portales MainStreet Organization to host a beer and nut festival on city property. MainStreet wants to host the event Oct. 25 — the date of Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming — on the site where the Farmers’ Market is held. […]

City councilors vote to borrow money to make waterline fix

Sarah Meyer The city of Portales will pursue a $2 million loan for water line improvements. City councilors voted Tuesday to accept City Manager Debi Lee’s recommendation for the funding, which will be used to install at least four valves in a 24-inch water line that runs roughly along U.S. 70 on the west side […]

Eighteen-hole golf course proposed for Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at a special meeting Tuesday to participate in a study that could transform the Portales Country Club golf course into an 18-hole private/public course. Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. told councilors that he and City Manager Debi Lee were invited to participate in a […]

City to replace two long-time councilors

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter With municipal elections only a few weeks past, city officials are already preparing to fill vacancies in Portales’ city government. The vacancies are a result of the recent resignation of Mayor Pro-tem Donald ‘D.K.’ Shafer at the March 18 council meeting and council member Jake Lopez seeking election for […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

2-20-08 City Council Meetings Watch

With an abbreviated business slate, to make room for ceremonies honoring the Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Portales city councilors took up just two action items in Tuesday’s regular meeting. • Councilors gave unanimous approval to a bid to erect a metal building for an new animal control shelter […]

City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land […]

Councilors approve raise for city employees

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved expansion of the Yam renovation project and OK’d a 3 percent raise for city employees following a positive report as they made their mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday during their regular meeting. “Basically we’re very strong and healthy,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “We got our […]