Downtown hotel could be open as soon as 2007

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deal is moving forward, and if a local developer realizes his dream, Portales could have a refurbished historic hotel downtown within two years. Portales developer Larry Combs has the option to purchase the former Portales Inn property, which the city of Portales and the MainStreet Organization acquired earlier […]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able […]

Parade organizers still accepting entries

PNT Staff Entries are still being accepted for the “Welcome Home Troops” parade scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will begin on Avenue O, follow Second Street, then end on the square downtown. Nancy Gentry, an organizer, said there is no cost for entries and she will still be taking entries this week. […]

Main Street programs hope for downtown revival

By Marlena Hartz The quaint, red bricks that pave Clovis’s Main Street are at odds with other parts of the downtown district. Available parking is sparse and obstructs traffic, with spots for vehicles laid at an angle. Minimal lighting, in the form of utilitarian lampposts, bathes tiny portions of the district at night, leaving blocks […]

De Los Santos says infrastructure needs city’s highest priority

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question regarding the city’s future. Robert De Los Santos, 51, is running for re-election in Ward B. His opponent is Chad Heflin. In your view what is the […]

New MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places in New […]

Grant program targets downtown

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ downtown district is getting a facelift, one building at a time, thanks to a new grant program targeting small downtown businesses. The Portales MainStreet Organization members with the help of Portales city officials have awarded three grants totaling $5,000 for facade improvements to downtown businesses. Debi Lee, city manager, […]

Yam Theater renovation funds approved

By Tony Parra The Yam Theater may once again be full of life like it was in the 1950s after United States congress members took a step toward allocating $200,000 to renovate the building this week. The Senate on Thursday approved the fiscal year 2006 spending bill that funds the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

Business favor truck by-pass

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Residents and business owners in Portales wouldn’t mind seeing a truck by-pass in Portales to help alleviate the amount of traffic going into the downtown area and reduce the wear and tear on First and Second streets. Buzz Goodson, co-owner of Bar-G Western Wear, said he would like to see […]

MainStreet considers bike path

By Tony Parra New Mexico Department of Transportation members viewed futuristic appearances of Clovis and Portales downtown areas on Thursday. Portales and Clovis MainStreet members discussed and displayed conceptual designs to members of the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Department of Transportation in the Memorial Building in Portales. The BPE advisory committee, created […]

City officials hear ideas for downtown improvements

By Tony Parra The reality of a new look to the downtown area and a walk and bike trail connecting Eastern New Mexico University to the downtown area is another step closer to happening. Community leaders met with students from the University of New Mexico who are working on their masters in designing and planning […]

Residents have mixed feelings on new hotel

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales downtown business owners have mixed feelings on exactly how much their businesses will be affected by the opening of the new Portales Inn hotel and restaurant, which will be located in the downtown area. Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel have been optimistic that parts of the […]