Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Mayor Ortega considers state politics

Mike Linn Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega is seriously considering expanding his political aspirations to the stately stage of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat said there’s a 50 percent chance he will run for the District 66 position. He said he will make his decision on Monday morning. If he decides to run, […]

Council approves funding for new hotel

Mike Linn If everything goes according to plan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Natatorium won’t harbor the only indoor swimming pool in Portales. The Portales City Council has agreed to spend $61,000 to help fund the construction of a new 65-room, Holiday Inn Express (prototype) hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and exercise […]

Housing developer targets Portales

Mike Linn On the day Portales received approval from the state as a community prepared for economic development, city officials confirmed that recognition by selling land to an Albuquerque developer who plans on constructing a housing complex near the southwest corner of town. During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Portales City Council sold over […]

Santa cops deliver gifts for teens

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Tony Parra The fifth annual Santa Cop has hit the ground with its wheels turning and teens and children will soon turn their own wheels on the new bicycles delivered by the Santas wearing badges. Approximately 45 bicycles and almost 75 other toys will be given away this year to children of need by the […]

Holiday event to light up campus

Michelle Seeber Magical. That’s the word Sara Holland, a 21-year-old senior attending Eastern New Mexico University, used to describe the second annual Carol of Lights that will introduce this year’s Christmas season Friday afternoon to Portales. By the time the event concludes, more than 5,000 feet of campus sidewalk will glow with luminarias — paper […]

Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

City on its way to finding new manager

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com And then there were two. The Portales City Council narrowed it’s choice for city manager to two candidates on Monday after an executive session from 5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Debi Lee of Hobbs and Michael Steele of Croswell, Mich., are the two finalists for the […]

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 […]

Economic development forum hopes to improve Portales

Tony Parra The Portales Roosevelt County Economic Development Forum is only a few days away and Portales officials look forward to the ideas for Portales’ future. The Forum will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Zia room of the Campus Union Building. Eastern New Mexico University president […]