Portales MainStreet program makes its mark on downtown

Courtesy photo Portales MainStreet board members helped run the 14th annual Heritage Days Fun Run on June 21. The event raised $2,000 for the MainStreet program.

Courtesy photo
Portales MainStreet board members helped run the 14th annual Heritage Days Fun Run on June 21. The event raised $2,000 for the MainStreet program.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

Amelia Christensen, a Portales native, always liked what the Portales MainStreet program has done for the community, so in 2011 she decided it was time for her to join.

Christensen said she joined because she wanted to see Portales grow and to see downtown thrive.

Christensen, who works at HomeSpot, is now the president of the MainStreet Board and enjoys the work she has done for the program.

“I like to see downtown grow and see new business here, like we have the brewery and Vines. I also like to see all the shopping we have here, too. It’s fun to see people walking down the street doing their shopping and enjoying downtown,” Christensen said.

Christensen as president coordinates the projects the board does around downtown Portales.

Some of the projects include a downtown cleanup day, the Yam Music Series, the annual Heritage Days Fun Run, the Adopt-a-pot program, which puts flower pots in front of businesses, and repainting the parking lot by Third Street and South Avenue A.

Christensen said she enjoys the music series the most and has seen it grow from its start three years ago.
“We have seen a good turn out at the past concerts. We have had country, classical and many different varieties of music,” Chistensen said.
Alta Elder, a MainStreet board member, said she enjoys the music series as well and likes to help out at the concerts.
Elder, an outreach coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University, has been a board member for a year.
“Basically, I love and support my town and being a part of this program helps me give back,” Elder said.

Elder has lived in Portales since 1962 on and off and wants to see Portales become better.
“We try to better the city and we all care for the city,” Elder said.

The other board members are represented in area businesses and organizations. Christensen said there is no requirement to be a board member, but you have to have the time and dedication to help with the many projects the board does.