Residents list off favorite Christmas movie characters

Benna Sayyed and Robin Coffey Ashley Downs, 21, a Realtor with Prudential Master Properties “Charlie Brown in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is my favorite Christmas movie character. I have compassion for him because he is always the underdog. The movie is wholesome and he kind of gives a little morals. I like how he always […]

Portales past: June 8, 1910

June 8, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald encouraged area residents to clean up their properties. “The streets of a town can be made scrupulously clean in a very short time,” the paper reported, “and it is a condition to be desired now at this season of the year, as it would cause Mr. Fly to […]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it […]

Rental homes dwindling

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By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer Portales has very few vacancies among residential rental properties, which underlines the need for more housing to sustain population growth, the local economic development director says. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said he conducted a telephone survey Monday of 581 units, almost 25 percent of those […]

Parent company of North Plains Mall struggling

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Freedom New Mexico Severe financial difficulties and the looming possibility of bankruptcy for the corporation that owns North Plains Mall is unlikely to cause noticeable changes at the mall for customers, a General Growth Properties spokesman said Monday. GGP, the nation’s second-largest mall owner, is struggling to refinance billions in debt it took on during […]

Business feature: Western Bank to offer new services, facility

By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer The dirt plot with dried grass that lies between Prudential Master Properties and Ray’s Lube Center on North Chicago is not just another piece of land. It is the future home of the Portales branch of the Western Bank. The Portales branch has been open 12 years, and it’s […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

City council focuses on nuisance properties

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Nuisance properties were in Portales City Councilors’ gun sights Tuesday as they heard a report from planning director Sammy Standefer detailing emergency action recently taken on property located at East Amazon and North Knoxville. The abandoned property near Portales High School had been attracting students. Evidence that fires had […]

Rains cause explosion in weeds

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent rains have created an explosion of weeds in the Portales area creating lots of extra mowing and allergy concerns for residents. After a dry summer where weeds and lawns could hardly be coaxed into growing, the wet spell has many residents scrambling to keep up. Marla Foster of […]

Landlords have hands — and apartments — full in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As soon as an apartment or house opens up for rent in Portales someone is there to lease it and many realtors are having to turn away prospective renters. Everyone involved in the property management business is having to turn away inquiries and most have only a few apartments […]