Street work begins

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As part of a Community Development Block Grant, street work began in northeast Portales on Thursday. According to Portales city councilor Jake Lopez, who also sits on the CDBG board, the area is in much need of repair. Patch jobs done by the city were not able to hold […]

Street woes plague residents

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City of Portales officials say repair and replacement of city streets has fallen behind for lack of funding over the years. A particularly bad winter has compounded the problem and has residents clamoring for relief, they say. Portales City Councilors directed city staff to further study two options for […]

Macias found guilty of murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder and shooting at a motor vehicle, Judge Joe Parker told a crowded courtroom Tuesday in the 9th Judicial District […]

City starts grant application process

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is in the preliminary stages of applying for a Community Development Block Grants to improve streets in the north side of town. The grant, if awarded, will provide funding to replace existing curbs and gutters and install new curbs and gutters where they are needed, […]

City council signs off on grant application

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors signed off on an application for a 2007 Community Block Development Grant that could provide street improvements in east Portales next year. Community Development Director Jeremy Sturm presented a resolution to city council Tuesday that allows the mayor to sign off on the final CDBG application, […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Joint meeting addresses streets

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County and city of Portales officials spent the second half of a joint meeting Thursday morning sorting through “yours, mine and ours,” searching for answers to problems of maintenance on shared streets and roadways. Tom Howell, Portales public works director, said he and Roosevelt County Road Supervisor Jackie […]

Cleanup crews put a big dent in local litter

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By William P. Thompson: William_Thompson@link.freedom.com A wide array of trash and junk was picked up from alongside Portales streets and yards Saturday as city officials and the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce held the city’s fourth annual Great American Cleanup. Amie Franz of the chamber said about 200 area residents helped out in the litter pickup. […]

We can accommodate immigrants

By Helena Rodriquez Si se puede! “Yes, we can!” “Yes, it can be done!” However you translate these three words, this was the chant that led many Latinos to take to the streets and the fields in the 1960s and 1970s to demand better working conditions for farm workers and civil rights for all. Recently […]

Business favor truck by-pass

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Residents and business owners in Portales wouldn’t mind seeing a truck by-pass in Portales to help alleviate the amount of traffic going into the downtown area and reduce the wear and tear on First and Second streets. Buzz Goodson, co-owner of Bar-G Western Wear, said he would like to see […]