Ticket feature: Dwight Yoakam performing in Mescalero

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Freedom New Mexico Dwight Yoakam will be performing 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. Tickets are $32 for standing room only, $57 and $82 for floor seats and $107 for the golden circle. They can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or through the inn’s website. Yoakam has sold […]

Barbershop reopens as inn renovation continues

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Argen Duncan With the renovation of Portales Inn continuing, the first floor dining establishments and ballroom are scheduled to open in late summer or early fall. Yantie’s Barber Shop has been operating there for about two months and it is the first business to open in the inn. Bob Morrow, managing member of Maxwell Group […]

New plans for old hotel

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Argen Duncan The Portales Inn is getting a facelift, a new name and a presidential atmosphere, the new owners say. Maxwell Group LLC, a consortium of professionals, has purchased the inn, vacant for 12 years, with plans to remodel it into an exclusive hotel with restaurants and space for events, said managing member Bob Morrow. […]

Portales past: Aug. 3, 1950

Aug. 3, 1950: Employees at the new Lilac Park Drive Inn Caf

Aug. 21, 1975

The Plains Inn is the only one of five liquor license recipients to meet all legal stipulations to begin selling alcohol; breaking a 57-year dry spell.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]