Bow hunters aim to teach

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Recreation, relaxation, concentration, and life values such as patience, discipline and persistence — words that members of the Portales Bow Hunters use to describe their sport of archery, and they’ll have a chance to teach the sport they love to members of the Portales and Clovis community this weekend […]

Council sets rules for area parks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new skatepark earlier this year got the ball rolling and Portales city councilors took things a step further Tuesday, formally setting in place rules and policies for all parks and recreation facilities in the city. A 16-page-long packet gave councilors the specifics on everything from park hours (6 […]

Summer youth program back for second summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff The Portales Recreation Center is conducting a summer youth program for the second year in a row. The program offers activities such as games, arts and crafts, movies and physical education for children between the ages of 5 and 13. “I like the rock climbing wall and the computers,” 8-year-old […]

AHORA looking for tourney help from recreation board

By Tony Parra Ron Jackson, Portales Recreation Board chairman, said he will talk with Association to Help Our Race Advance members from Eastern New Mexico University on the costs of using the Portales Softball Complex to raise money for scholarships. Freddy Bolanos of AHORA said last year AHORA members didn’t have to pay any fees […]

City approves skatepark site near Recreation Center

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved the north side of the Portales Recreation Center as the new location for the Portales Skatepark during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We would like to see the park moved from it’s location,” Mary Carvey, a member of the Portales Skatepark Organization, said. “We want to completely […]

Scaring kids is their business

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Goblins, ghosts and ghouls will be roaming the hallways of buildings in Portales as part of the Halloween events planned for this weekend. The Portales Recreation Center workers will host their annual Spooktacular Haunted House from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. The cost is a $2 […]

New hours met with mixed reviews

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Center Director Johnny Ledbetter said it’s too early to tell what kind of effect the change of center hours will have on the membership, but some children would rather it go back the previous hours. The Portales Recreation Center has gone almost two months with new hours in […]

Board requests skate park budget

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Board members want some fine-tuning and a final proposal presented to them by the Portales Skate Park Organization members before approving a new skate park. Recreation board officials listened to a presentation from skate park club members on Thursday during a meeting. Recreation board members have already given […]

Officials determine costs for new skate park

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Skate Park Organization members have already determined a location and on Tuesday evening they determined a cost of $50,000 and a design for a new skate park. In the middle of August, the Portales Recreation Board members approved the location of the new skate park to be a […]

Sept. 25 Local Briefs

Skate park meetings start Youth and parents are invited to a meeting for the creation of a skate park at the Recreation Center. The meetings will be held 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Recreation Center. For information, contact Lorenzo Baca at 760-7562, Jimmy Shiner at 714-5603 or Mary Carvey at 218-5048.

Committee exploring skatepark move

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Recreation Board Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the Portales Recreation Center parking lot as the new site for the city’s skatepark. A proposal with design and costs still needs to be presented before the Portales City Council for final approval. Members of the Portales Skatepark Organization agreed with the […]

Survey says: Close skate park

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Portales residents have spoken and they want the Portales Skate Park at Rotary Park to be closed because it’s a safety hazard. The Portales Recreational Board recommended the closure of the skate park after receiving results of nearly 500 surveys. Many of those surveys, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said, […]

Center offering summer youth program

PNT Staff Parents will have another option for their children this summer to help encourage healthy activity. Johnny Ledbetter, Portales Recreation Center Director, said the goal of the director’s inaugural summer youth program at the Portales Recreation Center is to keep children healthy and active. “I think kids need to have things to do in […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

3/20 Local Briefs

Church members to recreate ‘Last Supper’ The ‘Living Last Supper’ recreation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Methodist Church. Organizers said members of different churches in Portales will participate in the depiction of the ‘Last Supper’. The event is free. Rehearsal is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Methodist […]

City officials seek grant money

By Tony Parra Funding for the Portales Recreation Center was the focus of a Monday meeting with James Stoddard, director of the Hubbard Foundation. Johnny Ledbetter, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said last year recreation center officials applied for funding for a summer youth program grant and received $2,500 for the program. “It’s ($2,500) […]

Look out behind!

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Tony Parra Coffins, ghosts, goblins and mummies are waiting for adults and children at the three haunted houses this Halloween in Portales. These are just some of surprises in store for those who go to the Portales Recreation Center for the second annual “Spooktacular” is held inside the center with different themes. Halloween enthusiasts will […]