Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Alisa Boswell The square in Portales will be filled with Christmas themes and lights tonight as the 25th annual Christmas Jubilee kicks off with a Christmas parade, food vendors and live music, and a few new twists. “This may be one of the best ones ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. “The first […]

Coordinator hoping for growth with Elida’s Christmas on the Square

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Alisa Boswell Elida’s Christmas on the Square event will be held for the second year on Dec. 3. Michelle Ward, owner of The Little Things in Elida and the main coordinator for the event, said the first year was successful with visitors from not only Roosevelt County but also from Clovis, Muleshoe and Roswell. “A […]

Group raising funds for war memorial

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Alisa Boswell Another project for the Portales Town Square is currently in the fundraising process, needing $20,000 to be accomplished. The project is the construction of a 3 1/2 foot tall and 15 foot long war memorial on the southeast corner of the town square, which will list the names of Roosevelt County veterans killed […]

Portales past: Jan. 27, 1947

Jan. 27, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Parking meter receipts since Jan. 20 totaled $166.51, records showed in City Hall today. Within the week, 84 additional meters were placed in operation around the courthouse square.

Elida residents aim to revive town square with Christmas spirit

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Alisa Boswell The sights and sounds of Christmas will make their way to the Elida town square Friday night. The village is holding its inaugural Christmas on the Square event, starting at 6 p.m. Shops surrounding the square will be open for business. Each shop will display Christmas lights and hand out free refreshments. The […]

Some doubt efficacy of traffic lights

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Jared Tucker A new, temporary traffic light is scheduled to be installed at the intersection of Main and Second Streets in downtown Portales, but not all business owners and drivers alike are convinced the light will solve the traffic congestion on the square. Nancy Tivis, owner of Fashion Girl Clothing, said a traffic light will […]

Ticket feature: Square dance group holding district dance

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ square dancing group, the Portales Starlight Swingers, is hosting this quarter’s district dance. The dance includes square dancing groups from Clovis, Artesia, Hobbs, Roswell, Portales, Carlsbad and Ruidoso. Karl Cox Jr. works as a caller for the Portales Starlight Swingers. He said district dances are meant for fun. […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live on the Square Portales Christmas celebration Friday night. The night included live music, living window displays, downtown businesses open late, and, of course, the Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade and crowning of the new Little Miss Merry […]

Charity event raises more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Live United on the Square block party raised more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico and drew about 200 people Thursday evening, organizers estimated. Organizer Karen Inge of Valley Furniture hopes to hold it again next year, only earlier in the year to avoid the […]

Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Hard to part with square’s old look

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist The sight of heavy equipment ripping out the trees, pavement and lawn of the Roosevelt County Courthouse the last few weeks was harder to stomach than I had imagined. The project was the result of a collaborative effort kicked off by

Work continues on square

PNT Staff Report Construction crews will soon begin narrowing streets in Portales around the Roosevelt County courthouse square, starting with South Main Street. City Manager Debi Lee said Tuesday that crews are doing this for their safety while they work on the perimeter of the square. South Main and Second Streets will have a stop […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds. At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option. […]

Courthouse square plan gets final look

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales City councilors received one final report Tuesday on the courthouse square streetscape project in preparation for putting the project out for bids later this month. Portales MainStreet President Danny Woodward presented an updated sketch of the redesigned square. The entities involved ironed out the wrinkles last week in […]

Meeting will iron out plans for square

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A technical meeting will be held on Monday addressing concerns raised by county and city officials about the design of the Downtown Master Plan.The purpose of the master plan design is to promote tourism and new business to the downtown square. The cornerstones of the plan include balancing the […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

Builders going full speed ahead on new homes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Planners and developers said the market for new homes in Portales is still strong and will get stronger as Cannon Air Force Base grows. Larry Combs of Combs Properties is in the early stages of putting in a 55-lot residential development adjacent to Western Skies, west of Greyhound Arena. […]

Melon growers think inside the box

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you meet Ed Hitson on the streets of Portales, don’t buy square watermelon seeds from him. They don’t exist any more than magical bean seeds do. Hitson and his neighbor Tom Hebert can show you a square watermelon, however. Actually it’s rectangular to be exact — and they […]

Designer, team present downtown plan

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Visions of a new downtown plan that might include a place on the courthouse square for domino players and families to gather was the focus of the “Work in Progress” portion of the Portales Downtown Plan presentation on Wednesday night. The “Work in Progress” presentation was an opportunity for […]