ENMU briefs — March 21

ENMU Fundraiser being held The second annual Bench Club All-You-Can-Eat Crab Fest is March 31 at the Yam Theater. Tickets are $30 a person or $220 for a table of eight. A silent auction will also be held with signed items from professional athletes and Greyhound and Zia teams, and other items. For tickets call […]

Candidates tackle election issues

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Alisa Boswell Portales municipal candidates expressed similar concerns for the community of Portales at the election forum Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Opinions did differ on how issues within the city should be resolved. After opening statements in which candidates introduced themselves, forum moderator Robin Fornoff asked the candidates a series of questions: When […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

Friday morning briefing: A march, music and getting more juice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Marching on The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative walk is 9 a.m. Monday and starts at Potter Park. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Hiway 84 will be performing. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Music series, school’s out and Elvis gets notice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series featuring Andy Mason is 7 p.m. today at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Admission is $5 at the door. School’s out A reminder that all Clovis public schools are closed for the holiday. Classes […]

Music series has slow start

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Alisa Boswell The Yam Music Series, started by the Portales MainStreet Program, has seen a decline in attendance since the first concert in September, according to MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen. “The first band had a big fan base and the second play a lot and the third doesn’t have a very big fan […]

Yam Theatre to host music series

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Alisa Boswell New entertainment is coming to Portales in the form of a new music series at the YamTheatre. The Yam Music Series will include a band performance at the theater once a month with the series beginning Sept. 20 and running through March. According to Sandy Van Der Veen, promotions coordinator for the Roosevelt […]

Portales past: Dec. 28, 1942

Dec. 28, 1942: The Portales Daily News: The movie showing at the Yam Theater was “Private Buckaroo” with Dick Toran and Mary Wickes, and music by Harry James and the Merrymakers, as well as the Andrew Sisters. “A parable of fun and JIVE…”

Winter wine fest to feature chair auction

PNT Staff Reports The Winter Wine Fest is back and in the newly renovated Yam Theatre. The Portales MainStreet Program fundraiser is set to offer selections of both beer and wine, served by Pecos Flavors Winery from Roswell, according to a news release from MainStreet. The Winter Wine Fest is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Saturday […]

Class of ’57 reunites at Yam Theater

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Childhood memories of popcorn, candy and movies echoed through the newly renovated Yam Theater in downtown Portales Saturday, as the Portales High School Class of 1957 gathered for its 53rd class reunion. Marcea Clive, one of several reunion coordinators said the theater, though not quite complete in its renovations, was the perfect location for the […]

Portales Past: March 31, 1950

March 31, 1950: The Yam theater was advertising two features — The “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock” and a return showing of “Gungadin,” starring Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Joan Fontain.

Yam Theater nears completion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After a long period of vacancy and renovations, The Yam Theater is nearing its re-opening day. Stephen Doerr, board member of Portales MainStreet, which owns The Yam, said he expected sub-contractors to finish their work in three weeks. Volunteers are to complete tasks that don’t require licensed professionals, such […]

Yam renovation bid comes in over budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to award a bid for roof repairs on two city buildings. The council rejected bids for renovating the Yam Performing Arts Theater and received no bids for improvements at the municipal pool. Sammy Standefer, planning and zoning director, recommended that the council approve […]

ENMU athletes pullng out stops for gala benefit

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Instead of blitzing on third down or calling for a hit-and-run, Eastern New Mexico University athletes will be serving up roast beef and dancing the Tango — all in the name of restoring a Portales landmark. On Tuesday, March 11 ENMU athletics will host the first High Hopes Benefit […]

Councilors approve raise for city employees

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved expansion of the Yam renovation project and OK’d a 3 percent raise for city employees following a positive report as they made their mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday during their regular meeting. “Basically we’re very strong and healthy,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “We got our […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

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 […]

Plans progress for downtown revitalization

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly […]

City council approves 28-lot subdivision

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved a preliminary plat Tuesday for a housing development which would have 28 lots in Portales. Larry Combs, the Portales developer, is proposing a housing subdivision for property located on West 22nd Street abutting the northeast portion of Yucca subdivision. There are approximately 28 lots on the 8.25 acres. […]

Senator views Yam Theater

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman took a first-hand look at the Yam Movie Palace on Thursday morning, a theater which has federal dollars invested in it. Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped secure $200,000 in federal funds for renovation of the Yam Movie Palace through a spending bill signed into law Wednesday by President […]