Downtown street lights on the way

By Tony Parra New street lights down the sidewalk off of First Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm, economic development director for the city, said during Tuesday’s city council meeting that light posts have been ordered […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New Mexico military bases was underscored Friday at a meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. The cumulative economic impact of even a gradual withdrawal of jets at Cannon Air Force Base sans a new mission […]

Community has task at hand

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In the face of staggering statistics — 85 percent of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense are indeed shuttered — area leaders are holding tightly to the idea that Cannon Air Force Base can beat the odds. Many are unwilling to even discuss a contingency plan. “Frankly,” […]

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 […]

Land sale approved

By Tony Parra City councilors during Tuesday’s city council meeting approved a resolution for the sale of city property to a Portales attorney to create offices for his law firm in the downtown area. Councilors approved the sale of 301 S. Ave. A. for $5,000 to Eric Dixon. City Attorney Stephen Doerr said the real […]

City officials look to future with comprehensive plan

By Tony Parra The future of Portales is not set in stone, but it is set in paper and Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors will have a chance to adopt the comprehensive plan of Portales’ future on March 1. The comprehensive plan shows in what direction the leaders of Portales want the community to […]

City council aids hotel project

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors approved a contract to purchase two parking lots from the Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative Inc. as part of an incentive for the remodeling and reopening of the Portales Inn. Steve Nishimuta, a prospective contractor of San Diego, Calif., is in the process of renovating the […]

Land dispute settled at city council meeting

By Tony Parra More than a year-and-a-half after their initial request for a zoning change was denied, Victor and Linda Baca were able to get approval for the Seal Addition Subdivision Development property in Tuesday’s city council meeting. The Bacas’ property is located off of University Drive, across for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Planning officials list goals

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Consensus Planning officials wrapped up a series of comprehensive planning meetings on Thursday with project goals that include a city bike trail, an alternate bypass for truckers and ideas for bringing new business to Portales. Consensus Planning officials said they will present a draft for Portales residents in October. […]

Residents have concerns about property plat

By Tony Parra Community residents filled up the Portales city hall on Tuesday at the city council meeting to listen in to the presentation of the subdivision preliminary plat which is planned to go up off of University Drive across from the Eastern New Mexico University baseball field. Ortega said the planning commission will have […]