Council OKs development study plan

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales City councilors approved a resolution supporting a feasibility study to be done by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority which will provide information about the community’s housing needs, possibly leading to a residential housing project. The resolution, authorizes the city to apply for the Workforce Development Program through […]

Streets hot topic at CDBG hearing

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Re-paving city streets was a hot topic at the Community Development Block Grant meeting Monday. Members of the public came together with city officials at the Memorial Building to suggest their ideas for state legislature program aimed at projects affecting low- and moderate-income families. Every year the city competes […]

City OKs bonds for $84 million

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Two major million-dollar projects regarding a new housing development for Eastern New Mexico University and expansion of the DairiConcepts plant took center stage at Thursday’s city meeting. Portales city councilors authorized the issuance of student housing revenue bonds in the amount of $14 million to finance the project. The […]

Mondragon tapped by governor for N.M. Partnership

Freedom Newspapers Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR – Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the New Mexico Partnership. A former Clovis police chief and city manager, Mondragon represents Region 4 —Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding and Union counties — for […]

Clovis being considered for movie location

Freedom Newspapers Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

New subdivision features 56 townhouses

1145768599-4-21-tile-cut-stand-web.jpg

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Larry Combs, of Portales, is undertaking his biggest project as a developer with the Foxtrail Estates which received final plat approval by city officials this week. The development plans for 56 luxury rental townhouses. Foxtrail Estates is located in the south part of Portales near Golden Acres Retirement Apartments […]

New dorms could be ready by fall of 2007

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors on Tuesday approved plans for new residence halls at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials are working with developers from Collegiate Development Services of Irving, Texas on an $11.9 million project. The residence halls would be located behind Eddy Hall and extend to South Avenue I. There would be […]

Street conditions atop the concern list for Lopez

Editor’s note: The following is the one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question sregarding the city’s future. Incumbent Jake Lopez, 68, is running for re-election in Ward A and will be facing Lorenzo Baca, 39. 1. In your view, what […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

First state starts on Ute development

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The first phase of construction at Ute Lake Ranch has begun and is expected to be completed in 2008, according to Chief Executive Officer Barry Freedman. The 25,000 acre development is located in the bluff country in the northeastern portion of the state near Tucumcari. Freedman said he has assembled […]

Clovis looks into buying studios

1134194540-norman-petty-tease-web.jpg

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, with the remote dream of purchasing Norman Petty Studios, local officials said. To be requested in the next legislative session, the funds could be earmarked for purchase of the studio where rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

City ready to target redevelopment

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer During the coming weeks, city and organization leaders will target vacant buildings in Portales as possible locations for new businesses. A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss economic development and what path the city should take to try to encourage those in the community and outside of the community to […]

Funding bill comes out of committee

Freedom Newspapers A spending measure that passed the committee level Thursday contains funding for Eastern New Mexico University and an economic development project in Portales. Tthe Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday passed the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) Appropriations Bill. The measure, which provides $620,000 for science and technology […]

5/22 Local Briefs

Campos holding town hall in Clovis On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Curry Democratic Party will be hosting a town hall meeting for Representative Jose Campos. The meeting will take place at the Carver Library; located at 701 N. Main, in the North Annex. Swimming pool opens Thursday The city swimming pool will open beginning […]

Housing project hitting snags with funding

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of a housing development in Roosevelt County is at least on hold after the project was denied for tax-credit funding. Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates, a corporation based in Albuquerque, had his application denied by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to receive funding to […]

Homans makes stop in southeastern New Mexico

1105077607-1-7-homans-portales-web.jpg

By David Irvin Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area offficials met with the state’s top economic development official. Homans was on hand at a presentation for the Yam Theater in Portales, less than an hour after speaking with Clovis and Curry County officials about how eastern New Mexico can […]

Developers find opposition regarding Ute Lake

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Two developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New Mexico. Developers Sid Strebeck and Warren Frost, who sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore, are asking the […]

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 […]

Departments make move downtown

By Tony Parra Tourists will not need to drift off the course from now on in order get information about Roosevelt County. Roosevelt County Chamber officials held a grand opening for the new Business Welcome Center Wednesday afternoon at the new building, located on the town square. The welcome center contains the Roosevelt County Chamber […]