Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

New city district map shows little change

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors voted on a redistricting option with minimal changes to district boundaries Tuesday night during the city council meeting. Sterling Fluharty, of Southwest Political Services, presented council members with three options for the redistricting of the city. “Concept A was the idea of least change or status quo oriented, so in […]

Meetings watch: City commission

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in Portales City Hall, councilors: • Approved ratification of the Finance Department’s Actions Regarding Bills for August 2011. • Approved the resolution for a special election concerning Sunday liquor sales in Portales. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the election will take place Dec. 13. • Approved the right-of-way […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Meetings watch: New recreation center director introduced at council meeting

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Argen Duncan During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • met new Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe. Kibbe has a master’s degree in health and physical education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from Eastern New Mexico University. Having started work Monday, she said she plans to […]

City councilors concerned about water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have, and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

City Coucil to honor local volunteer

Portales City Councilors are to honor local volunteer Frankye King and vote on an agreement with Eastern New Mexico University for mutual aid protection at their meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Memorial Building. A ceremony recognizing King as recipient of the city’s Excellence in Citizenship award begins the evening, and the business meeting […]

City councilors meet tonight

PNT staff Portales city councilors will meet with members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority in a workshop at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The primary emphasis of the meeting, according to Mayor Orlando Ortega, is the proposed expansion of regulatory powers by the water authority. Ortega said Portales city representatives don’t […]

Proposed restaurant to appeal zoning decision

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales City Councilors will hear an appeal of a zone change for a proposed restaurant at their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glen Johnson of J-4 Barbecue is appealing a denial of his and his partners’ request to change the zoning of a piece of property at 1309 […]

Councilors look to simplify finances

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to consolidate the city’s bank accounts. Councilors authorized city officials to negotiate terms with First Community Bank. Other banks submitting proposals were Portales National Bank and Wells Fargo. Councilor Mike Miller, a member of the city’s finance committee, said the move would help […]

Mayor says ‘no’ to third term

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. announced Monday morning that he will not seek a third term. He said he made a pledge when elected that he would not seek a third term and made the announcement early out of resepect to citizens, city councilors and city staff. Councilors who attended […]

City councilors approve alcohol resolution

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer City councilors on Tuesday approved a resolution allowing the Portales MainStreet Organization to host a beer and nut festival on city property. MainStreet wants to host the event Oct. 25 — the date of Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming — on the site where the Farmers’ Market is held. […]

City councilors vote to borrow money to make waterline fix

Sarah Meyer The city of Portales will pursue a $2 million loan for water line improvements. City councilors voted Tuesday to accept City Manager Debi Lee’s recommendation for the funding, which will be used to install at least four valves in a 24-inch water line that runs roughly along U.S. 70 on the west side […]

Eighteen-hole golf course proposed for Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at a special meeting Tuesday to participate in a study that could transform the Portales Country Club golf course into an 18-hole private/public course. Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. told councilors that he and City Manager Debi Lee were invited to participate in a […]

City to replace two long-time councilors

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter With municipal elections only a few weeks past, city officials are already preparing to fill vacancies in Portales’ city government. The vacancies are a result of the recent resignation of Mayor Pro-tem Donald ‘D.K.’ Shafer at the March 18 council meeting and council member Jake Lopez seeking election for […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

2-20-08 City Council Meetings Watch

With an abbreviated business slate, to make room for ceremonies honoring the Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Portales city councilors took up just two action items in Tuesday’s regular meeting. • Councilors gave unanimous approval to a bid to erect a metal building for an new animal control shelter […]

City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land […]

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 […]