Hiner shares views

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Eddie Hiner will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Jim Lee and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Eddy Hiner and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

Street conditions atop the concern list for Lopez

Editor’s note: The following is the one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question sregarding the city’s future. Incumbent Jake Lopez, 68, is running for re-election in Ward A and will be facing Lorenzo Baca, 39. 1. In your view, what […]

Heflin believes water supply is council’s biggest issue

Compiled by Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipality election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Chad Heflin, 24, is running for the Ward B position in the Portales City Council. His opponent is […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Housing project hitting snags with funding

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of a housing development in Roosevelt County is at least on hold after the project was denied for tax-credit funding. Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates, a corporation based in Albuquerque, had his application denied by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to receive funding to […]

Proposed townhouses to go up in Portales

By Tony Parra A proposed affordable housing unit of 72 townhouses is in the works to go up on property just east of the Roosevelt General Hospital, according to Beverly Bennett, Vista Nueva Realty realtor. Bennett is working with Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed and Associates, a housing development firm from Albuquerque, on the proposed […]

City manager stresses need for housing

By Tony Parra City manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of creating more housing developments in Portales to meet the demands of the housing needs in Tuesday’s city meeting. Lee gave those in attendance of the city meeting a presentation to illustrate the importance of developing for a growing population with projections from the comprehensive […]

Roads, housing cited as top economic concerns

By Tony Parra City and county officials from southeastern New Mexico pleaded their cases for funding on Thursday with a focus on roads, correctional facilities and water projects. New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee members met with officials from several counties and cities to discuss their legislative priorities and needs in the Sandia Room of […]

Prudence is needed in robust housing market

By Randy Johnson Double, double, toil and trouble: Is there really a bubble? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is a good question. A bubble traditionally has been defined as a situation where the price of an object rises because of an expectation that it will keep rising, not because the rise is based upon fundamental […]

Housing Fair to help citizens become homeowners

Tony Parra The Housing Fair will take place throughout the day on Saturday with Portales city officials on a quest to research how many prospective home buyers there are in Portales. “We’re bringing in folks from different organizations,” Portales mayor Orlando Ortega said. “These folks have been gathered through our efforts in creating the home […]

Mayor plans housing goals for Portales

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega has 20/20/20 vision. He wants 20 new homes for 20 new homeowners in 20 months. Ortega said he is aggressively pursuing an affordable housing program, something that may be a city-initiated project. “It’s one of the major efforts for the mayor and city council to establish more affordable home […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

Family believes mold led to Portales man’s death

By Kevin Wilson Marcelino Garcia died in May of 2001. Nearly two years and two months later, his surviving family is still seeking a resolution. Garcia, a longtime Portales resident, died less than two days after a visiting his son at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, and the family has filed a claim […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Commissioner wants jail bills sent to state

Jack King A Curry County Commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s board […]