New sports bar planned for Portales


By Tony Parra “Going to the dog house” may not be so bad starting in late May or early June. That is when Chad Heflin, co-owner, wants to have The Dawg Houze package liquor store open. Heflin, partner in the business with Susan Hamilton Dick, is helping with the construction of the package liquor store […]

Senate panel OKs proposal for minimum wage

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a worker who had […]

Stumbling block likely in Senate for $7.50 minimum wage

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Majority Leader Michael Sanchez predicts that the Senate will be the stumbling block for a $7.50 minimum wage. The Belen Democrat says he “is still a true believer that it should be $7.50 right off the bat,” although that proposal has been tripped up in both houses. Raising the […]

Financing holds up downtown hotel refurbishment

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Completion of financing details is all that stand in the way of starting the remodeling effort of the Portales Inn. Steve Nishimuta, a San Diego developer, is hopeful the remodeling of the Portales Inn will begin in the summer. Nishimuta said he and his business partners are in negotiations […]

Portales Inn could be operational by mid-summer

By Kevin Wilson Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel are optimistic that parts of the building could be open for business come this summer. Bill Raisbeck, a former hotel developer who lives in Portales, has been working on restoring the hotel, which hasn’t been in use for about six years. Raisbeck is hoping for […]