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 […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from Friends of New […]

My Portales: Remembering the downtown fire

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Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of reports related to the history of Portales. The city celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2009. March 10, 1978, began like many March days in Portales, with the wind blowing. By mid-day, winds were at 50 to 60 mph … […]

Council will consider greenery for entry points, courthouse

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The comprehensive plan for the Portales downtown area includes greenery around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and gateway structures at key points. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio design company from Austin, Texas, presented the comprehensive plan. Einsweiler suggested five […]

March 8, Letter to the Editor

Downtown shaping up to be mess I’m beginning to doubt our county/city officials can make the right decisions in improving infrastructure. The changes recently made around the Roosevelt County Courthouse are the latest example. As the project began to take form, doubts and confusion also began to take form. I thought the trees and other […]

Commission OKs downtown funds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer All but one Roosevelt County commissioner voted at Tuesday’s meeting to fund half of the projected shortfall for the Courthouse Square improvement project. City officials had asked the county to help pay for the project after the bid came in almost $178,000 over budget. The commission could have also […]

Revamped downtown could benefit city

Karl Terry It happened downtown. That’s a line Portales MainStreet folks are hoping we’ll all hear a lot more often in the future. The passion this group of citizens displays toward the vitality of our city is likely going to make it happen too. As evidence, take the third Summer Wine Festival that filled the […]

Meeting will iron out plans for square

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A technical meeting will be held on Monday addressing concerns raised by county and city officials about the design of the Downtown Master Plan.The purpose of the master plan design is to promote tourism and new business to the downtown square. The cornerstones of the plan include balancing the […]

Council approves zoning for Downtown Master Plan

Thomas Garcia The Portales City Council moved one step closer to revamping downtown as they adopted an ordnance approving the zoning district for the Downtown Master Plan. The Master Plan, approved June 17, has designated character zones which include shopfronts, live-work, urban residential and mixed use. “Adoption of this ordinance puts in place and enforces […]

City council approves downtown master plan

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A resolution for adopting the Downtown Master Plan was approved at the regular meeting of the Portales City Council on

Downtown master plan presented

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales wants to see more people downtown: Shopping, congregating, walking, bicycling, eating and even living downtown. It’s all part of a master plan to make the downtown area more walkable, shopable and livable. The master plan and downtown zoning code was presented to a crowd of […]