Grant program targets downtown

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ downtown district is getting a facelift, one building at a time, thanks to a new grant program targeting small downtown businesses. The Portales MainStreet Organization members with the help of Portales city officials have awarded three grants totaling $5,000 for facade improvements to downtown businesses. Debi Lee, city manager, […]

Parade of lights leads off Christmas activities

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is lit up with Christmas lights and soon enough Christmas lights will be flowing through the streets of Portales as part of the Christmas Light Parade. The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will start at the corner of the Trader Horn […]

Funds pending for local entities

By Marc Schoder Both Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales MainStreet program could stand to benefit from potential funding from Congress. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) announced Tuesday that a key Senate subcommittee has provided funding to purchase science equipment for Eastern New Mexico University and Economic Development Initiative (EDI) funds for the City […]

5/22 Local Briefs

Campos holding town hall in Clovis On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Curry Democratic Party will be hosting a town hall meeting for Representative Jose Campos. The meeting will take place at the Carver Library; located at 701 N. Main, in the North Annex. Swimming pool opens Thursday The city swimming pool will open beginning […]

City officials hear ideas for downtown improvements

By Tony Parra The reality of a new look to the downtown area and a walk and bike trail connecting Eastern New Mexico University to the downtown area is another step closer to happening. Community leaders met with students from the University of New Mexico who are working on their masters in designing and planning […]

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 […]

Art professor brings life to coffee shop

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By Mike Linn A local art professor has brought new meaning to the term “grande” cappuccino. If this seems a bit confusing, take a look at the mural she recently finished in the courtyard of the Do Drop In coffee shop. Micki Muhlbauer, an art professor at Eastern New Mexico University, painted a trio of […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]