Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Annual Christmas light procession draws thousands to downtown

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Benna Sayyed The Tapia sisters have been to larger parades in Phoenix and their native Los Angeles but the Portales Christmas parade Saturday did not disappoint them. Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry estimated more than a thousand people lined the 2-mile path the parade took starting at the Portales Recreation Center to […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]

Christmas Jubilee to light up Portales

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Christmas lights, candy, music and shopping. The 24th annual Christmas Jubilee is bringing all of that to downtown Portales Friday. The family event includes a lighted Christmas parade, live music by MasterWorks and extended hours for some downtown businesses. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event. “This is a holiday tradition for […]

Press release: Portales MainStreet hosts October fest

Portales, NM- The Portales MainStreet Program will be hosting the October Fest as a fundraiser on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 6:00pm-11:00pm at The Stargazer, 313 South Main Street in downtown Portales. The Fall Festival will feature beer from Santa Fe Brewing Company, food from J-4 BBQ, and live music from the Good Ole Boys. […]

Traffic light to go up soon

Freedom New Mexico The state Department of Transportation is installing a temporary traffic signal at Second and Main streets, according to a news release from the department. The signal will go in this week and remain in flash mode until Oct. 25 to let motorists become familiar with it, according to the release. The stoplight […]

Some doubt efficacy of traffic lights

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Jared Tucker A new, temporary traffic light is scheduled to be installed at the intersection of Main and Second Streets in downtown Portales, but not all business owners and drivers alike are convinced the light will solve the traffic congestion on the square. Nancy Tivis, owner of Fashion Girl Clothing, said a traffic light will […]

City officials hope traffic light will ease downtown congestion

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Jared Tucker A downtown business owner says he is fed up with the traffic congestion caused by a stop sign at Main and Second Streets, so his building is for sale and he’s moving out of the square. City officials said help for the traffic problem could be on its way. Buzz Goodson, owner of […]

Press release: Main Street switching to two-way on Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Main Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from the current one-way traffic configuration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the City of Portales to complete the transition from the one-way to two-way street. The NMDOT and […]