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 […]