Getting a foot in the door

Jack King A conference for business owners on how to obtain government contracts will be held Thursday in Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Titled “How to Get Through the Government Contracting Door,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include the state of New Mexico’s procurement assistance program, Small Business […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

MainStreet program gets big boost

By Tony Parra The governor’s signature is the only thing halting some $85,000 in upgrades for the Portales downtown area. The funding was approved through the Legislature for the Portales MainStreet Program. Originally the request was for $125,000. The main street program consists of three levels: city, state and national. Danny Woodward, president of the […]

Residents discuss moving Greyhound Arena closer to town

Tony Parra Portales residents discussed stronger ties with Eastern New Mexico University, implementing a more active downtown and the importance of the new cheese plant at a town hall meeting Thursday night at The Roosevelt. The meeting was the first of a handful scheduled to help develop a comprehensive plan for Portales. The state of […]

City awarded grant to help plan future

Tony Parra Portales has its grant, it has its city planner and tonight the community can help take the next step in coming up with a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. There will be a town hall meeting open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at The Roosevelt restaurant on 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 […]

City granted development certification

Tony Parra After failing on its first application, the city of Portales gained economic development certification from the New Mexico Economic Development Department on Monday. The benefits of being a certified community include funding up to $5,000 per year for two years for special projects; state promotion of certified communities at economic development trade shows […]

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 […]