Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Council seat up for vote today

Tony Parra The election polls for four Portales city council positions will open today but only City Councilman Mike Miller will face a challenger, Eddy Hiner, in Ward D, the southwest section of town. Hiner, a Portales native and owner of Berkeley and Arizona Apartments, said he is opposed to taxpayer money spent to fund […]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the […]

Council approves funding for new hotel

Mike Linn If everything goes according to plan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Natatorium won’t harbor the only indoor swimming pool in Portales. The Portales City Council has agreed to spend $61,000 to help fund the construction of a new 65-room, Holiday Inn Express (prototype) hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and exercise […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

Three out of four council members to run unopposed

Tony Parra The stage is set for the 2004 Portales city council elections and five candidates will be running for four positions on March 2. Three candidates can breathe a sigh of relief because they will be running uncontested. Alfred Bachicha of Ward A, Gary Watkins of Ward B and D.K. Shafer of Ward C […]

City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her […]

Fire chief receives new toys

Mike Linn It’s not even Christmas yet and Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty is already looking for a place to put all his gifts, which include a brand new fire truck among other items. Beaty told the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting he has recently been awarded roughly $250,000 from grants to purchase an […]

Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam

By Niko Price BAGHDAD, Iraq — Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body would not […]

Committee to help city council fund new businesses

Mike Linn An eight-member committee will make recommendations to the Portales City Council regarding taxpayer funding for business owners seeking to establish themselves in Portales. One of the group’s first missions will be to discuss the application of a developer seeking taxpayer dollars in his efforts to build a new hotel in the city, Mayor […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at […]

City cracking down on book borrowers

Mike Linn Local librarians scored a major victory in the never-ending battle to recoup books when the Portales City Council adopted an ordinance that would make not returning a book a petty misdemeanor. The ordinance passed by a 6-1 vote at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Council member Jake Lopez cast the lone no vote. […]

City on its way to finding new manager

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com And then there were two. The Portales City Council narrowed it’s choice for city manager to two candidates on Monday after an executive session from 5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Debi Lee of Hobbs and Michael Steele of Croswell, Mich., are the two finalists for the […]

City council could modify transit service

Mike Linn The Portales City Council is thinking about modifying the Portales Area Transit program, which may include a $20,000 budget cut toward funding for the 2004/2005 fiscal year. City Council members say the bus service is necessary for the community but other entities like La Casa Health Services and the Portales Senior Citizens also […]

Talking spirits

Mike Linn Portales voters in the March general election may have an opportunity to decide whether local restaurant owners can serve beer and wine with food. City Council member Gary Watkins said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting that local restaurant owners have asked him why the city offers liquor licenses — which are far […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]