Murder suspect nabbed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A traffic stop in West Texas on Tuesday led to the arrest of a 51-year-old Clovis man wanted by police in connection with the city’s third homicide this year. Tony Martinez, 51, was arrested at a hotel in Lamesa, Texas, just before 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to officials. Martinez […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Music festival kicks off tonight

Tonya Garner:Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Music Festival official T-shirts say “Rave On” and visitors have begun arriving in anticipation of having a “raving” good time. According to Ernie Kos, Chamber of Commerce executive director, the artists slated to perform during the event began arriving in Clovis Wednesday. “It is very exciting,” Kos said. Kos said […]

Ex-officer tells war stories

By David Irvin A former Clovis police detective returned from Iraq last month after spending a year training police. He recently took a job as an investigator in the district attorney’s office and is involved in a Roosevelt County homicide case. Safely back in the states, Keith Bessette spoke recently about his experiences in Iraq, […]

Honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received a vacation […]

Financing holds up downtown hotel refurbishment

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Completion of financing details is all that stand in the way of starting the remodeling effort of the Portales Inn. Steve Nishimuta, a San Diego developer, is hopeful the remodeling of the Portales Inn will begin in the summer. Nishimuta said he and his business partners are in negotiations […]

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 […]

Farwell man killed in hotel shooting

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Will Anderson remembers Randy Gregory as one of “the two finest unicyclists in town” — with Anderson being the other. He remembers Gregory’s “bright silver caps” after getting his two front teeth knocked out around age 7. He also remembers them tapping out messages in Morse code to people in […]

Portales Inn could be operational by mid-summer

By Kevin Wilson Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel are optimistic that parts of the building could be open for business come this summer. Bill Raisbeck, a former hotel developer who lives in Portales, has been working on restoring the hotel, which hasn’t been in use for about six years. Raisbeck is hoping for […]

Weather doesn’t slow hotel schedule

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By Tony Parra Tushar Patel of TNJ Management has confirmed on Friday that the new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Portales is still scheduled to open in November despite rains and snow in the area. Patel said they have encountered weather problems, but they remain on schedule and are currently working on the second story […]

Hotel partners optimistic

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By Tony Parra The wet ground from Tuesday evening’s rains made it softer for those who brought a shovel for the Holiday Inn Express ground-breaking on Wednesday morning. There were cranes behind Mayor Orlando Ortega and Holiday Inn Express developers doing the heavy work while Ortega and developers dug with a shovel. Developer Tushar Patel […]

Visit to Red Sox Nation enjoyable

By Kevin Wilson Most people I talk to on a daily basis knew that I spent four days last week in Dallas, drawn there by a training seminar. What they don’t know about, and what I’m about to tell you, is the two hours that I spent in Red Sox Nation, drawn there because it […]

Holiday Inn construction bids sought

By Tony Parra The new Holiday Inn Express hotel is still in the works and developers are hoping to begin construction within 30 days. The architectural designs were approved by the construction industries division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department last week. Tushar Patel is a developer for TNJ Management, which is building […]

Hotel Clovis statue found in Texas

By David Irvin The Indian chief statue that disappeared in July from atop the Hotel Clovis has been discovered in Texas. The 73-year-old artifact was ditched alongside a road six miles northeast of Littlefield, Texas, said Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. It was first found on Sept. 20 by Texas Department of Transportation workers clearing […]

Hotel could be back in business soon

By Tony Parra The Portales Inn may be full of life once again as a prospective contractor, Steve Nishimuta of San Diego, Calif. is in the process of renovating it and having a restaurant on the bottom floor for when it opens. Mayor Orlando Ortega presented an incentive package proposal to city councilors for the […]

Property purchased for new hotel

Tony Parra TNJ Management on Wednesday purchased the property of the Hillcrest Motel off of U.S. 70, where they plan to build a 70-room hotel by 2005, city officials confirmed. Mayor Orlando Ortega and Kim Huffman, chairman of the Roosevelt Community Development Corporation, confirmed on Wednesday that TNJ Management has closed the deal on the […]

City officials express optimism on hotel

Tony Parra “It’s okay I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night,” is a popular advertising tool for Holiday Inn and soon you may be hearing it more often in Portales. The wheels are in motion and the preliminary stages are being made to bring in a Holiday Inn Express (prototype), developer Tushar Patel said […]

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 […]

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 […]