Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring [...]

Fences with holes won’t be effective

We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going to be built, [...]

Streetscape proposal would make big changes on square

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The heart of Portales — its downtown square — could soon look radically different following streetscape improvements planned within the next year. Portales city councilors and Roosevelt County commissioners met Thursday to review drawings of the proposed streetscaping spearheaded by the city of Portales and Portales MainStreet project. In [...]

City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the [...]

Paper clips are free speech, too

By Jim Lee People have been arrested for wearing paper clips. This brings to mind a number of ways a person needing criminal recognition could accomplish this. Did violators simply wear something made of paper clips, thus allowing others to view certain body parts forbidden to public display by glancing between those bent wires? Not [...]

City officials hear ideas for downtown improvements

By Tony Parra The reality of a new look to the downtown area and a walk and bike trail connecting Eastern New Mexico University to the downtown area is another step closer to happening. Community leaders met with students from the University of New Mexico who are working on their masters in designing and planning [...]

PHS wins award for yearbook staff

PNT Staff The 2002/2003 Portales High School yearbook staff recently won an honorable mention after placing in the top 10 percent of 8,000 schools publishing annuals through Talyor Publishing Company. Yearbooks published by Taylor were evaluated for excellence in one or more of the following areas: Cover design, theme development and page design. PHS yearbook [...]

Students create functional art

By Mike Linn All-district basketball player Nathan Goyne picked up another assist recently when he spearheaded the completion of an art project started by a Portales High graduate. Goyne, along with several other students, put the finishing touches on a 20-by-8 foot windbreak in the front of the school decorated with the Portales Ram mascot. [...]