U.S. needs to defuse conflicts instead of exacerbating them

Freedom Newspapers C hina and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World […]

Homans makes stop in southeastern New Mexico

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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 […]

MainStreet program gets big boost

By Tony Parra The governor’s signature is the only thing halting some $85,000 in upgrades for the Portales downtown area. The funding was approved through the Legislature for the Portales MainStreet Program. Originally the request was for $125,000. The main street program consists of three levels: city, state and national. Danny Woodward, president of the […]

City granted development certification

Tony Parra After failing on its first application, the city of Portales gained economic development certification from the New Mexico Economic Development Department on Monday. The benefits of being a certified community include funding up to $5,000 per year for two years for special projects; state promotion of certified communities at economic development trade shows […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Community talks golf, truck stop

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Tony Parra The development of a truck stop and golf course are two of the objectives local residents at the economic development forum follow-up on Thursday determined to be important goals for the community. The truck stop idea was brought up during the first economic forum on Oct. 2 because U.S. Highway 70 is now […]

Economic forum to expand on ideas to improce community

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The economic development forum’s follow-up session is slated for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. The forum will take place in the Zia room of the Campus Union Building. The first economic development forum took place on Oct. 2. in […]

Book borrowers beware

Mike Linn Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason won’t be knocking down doors looking for local library looters any time soon. But Portales citizens may end up in court charged with petty misdemeanors if they continually ignore requests to return books. The Portales City Council on Tuesday adopted a notice of intent to amend an ordinance […]

City officials eager for certification

Tony Parra With an eye toward economic growth, Portales city officials say their first step is to gain certification from the New Mexico State Department of Economic Development. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council member Jake Lopez are concerned over Portales’ failure to become certified by the NMSDED in late July. “I believe that you […]