Residents express concern over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Lawmakers express disappointment with special session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Depressed, infuriated and disappointed — those are just some of the feelings area lawmakers are bringing home after a four-day special session of the state Legislature ended Thursday with tax hikes on food and cigarettes. The Legislature adjourned with a new budget after approving more than $230 million from […]

Mascot care called into question

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer More greyhound advocates have stepped forward to express concerns about the welfare of the incoming Eastern New Mexico University mascots. But the university president insists the canines will be well cared for. President Steven Gamble said the dogs are scheduled to arrive the first week of December.

July 27, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Appreciates Newman Project My family and I wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Newman Project, Steve North and Matt Chandler of the district attorney’s office, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker and the Portales police force for the beautiful, safe fence, lights and smoke detectors they provided for me. These things have helped make […]

Pony Express Ride set for Saturday

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Nineteen riders on horseback will make their way to Pep from surrounding communities Saturday in honor of the Pony Express. Your postal parcels will be galloping across the open range once again in the first annual Pony Express Ride. “We are doing this to help out the economic development […]

‘Straight Talk Express’ ready for boarding

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor I’ve been taking great pleasure in the way the presidential race is going. My enjoyment is partly because my guy John McCain has the nomination sewn up, but also because those around me aren’t happy with the way things are going. I have a wife, brother and coworker who […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Weather doesn’t slow hotel schedule

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By Tony Parra Tushar Patel of TNJ Management has confirmed on Friday that the new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Portales is still scheduled to open in November despite rains and snow in the area. Patel said they have encountered weather problems, but they remain on schedule and are currently working on the second story […]

Hotel partners optimistic

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By Tony Parra The wet ground from Tuesday evening’s rains made it softer for those who brought a shovel for the Holiday Inn Express ground-breaking on Wednesday morning. There were cranes behind Mayor Orlando Ortega and Holiday Inn Express developers doing the heavy work while Ortega and developers dug with a shovel. Developer Tushar Patel […]

Holiday Inn construction bids sought

By Tony Parra The new Holiday Inn Express hotel is still in the works and developers are hoping to begin construction within 30 days. The architectural designs were approved by the construction industries division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department last week. Tushar Patel is a developer for TNJ Management, which is building […]

City officials express optimism on hotel

Tony Parra “It’s okay I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night,” is a popular advertising tool for Holiday Inn and soon you may be hearing it more often in Portales. The wheels are in motion and the preliminary stages are being made to bring in a Holiday Inn Express (prototype), developer Tushar Patel said […]

Portales woman wins big on scratch-off lottery ticket

PNT Staff A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket while working at the locally operated KC Express No. 4. Rachel Martinez, who is the manager of KC Express, said she claimed a check totaling $34,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already […]