Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

Meager rainstorm welcome

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was the real thing this time! A 24-inch water main rupture flooded some downtown streets in Portales on Monday, making it look like it had rained. But when residents awoke on Wednesday morning to water-filled streets, it was the result of an unexpected downpour. And it was the […]

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

School board briefed on downtown plan

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Manager Debi Lee and Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Wilkening brought Portales school board members up to speed on a recent community planning process aimed at improving the city’s downtown. Lee told board members designers used a process called a design charrette in which community members share their […]

Designer, team present downtown plan

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Visions of a new downtown plan that might include a place on the courthouse square for domino players and families to gather was the focus of the “Work in Progress” portion of the Portales Downtown Plan presentation on Wednesday night. The “Work in Progress” presentation was an opportunity for […]

Residents draw up downtown dreams

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and officials met for a design session Saturday morning as part of the Portales Downtown Plan. During the session, participants were able to break into small groups and lay out designs they envisioned for the downtown area. Most groups agreed that the area needed to […]

Portales seeks public’s input on downtown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Friday evening marks the kickoff for the Portales Downtown Plan that will include a public forum for the improvement of the downtown area. The city received a $55,000 livability grant to develop a safer and more accessible downtown area, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “We’re pretty excited,” Lee […]

Councilors OK project expansion

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at Tuesday’s regular meeting to expand a street project currently under way in northeast Portales to include areas cut out in the project’s grant process. City officials say engineer Chad Lydick is estimating the extra work — on First Street near Mental Health […]

Downtown Portales buildings vandalized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Police are investigating a graffiti spree that marked up approximately a dozen downtown buildings Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police had received 10 reports of graffiti vandalism, most of them coming in on Wednesday. He said police noticed other buildings that had […]