City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Quay County sued over cattle guards

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Cattle guards prevent livestock from roaming county roads. They also prevent Quay County resident Lee Stone, 64, from driving his horse-and-wagon team from one piece of property to another. And so Stone is taking the county to court. He’s asking Quay County remove the guards from county roads where […]

Jan. 9, 1948

A local Phillips 66 station ran an ad in the Portales Daily News calling all “Democrats and Republicans (or if you’re going to vote for Henry Wallace)” to drive on safe tires by bringing in the ad and receiving $4.10 off a new Lee 6:00×16 tire.

Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico […]

Family mourns loss of toddler

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia. “When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother. The […]

Portales chiropractor helps fianc

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A Portales resident is working to specialize in a new non-surgical treatment of scoliosis. Lee Hillard of Hillard Chiropractic said his interest in finding a new treatment for scoliosis began when he met his fianc

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

Firing up the crowd

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Bronco mascot Taryn Lee fires up the crowd Monday at the Floyd High School gym as Elena Mendoza cheers from atop the pyramid. Other Floyd cheerleaders are Jenny Wilson, Veronica Mendoza, Madeline Love, Nallely Mendoza and Britni Rivers. The Melrose boys defeated Floyd on a last second shot in the first round of the district […]

Gross receipts still solid

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Portales’ economy seems to be defying national trends along with localized concerns of a slow-down as gross receipts tax collection grew in 2007. With better than 73 percent of the city of Portales’ budget tied to GRT, the monthly collection reports are of special interest to city officials looking […]

New year brings new resolutions — for some

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New year’s resolutions — some people make them, some don’t. Some embrace them, and some fear them. According to a report published in the Miami Herald, six months after Jan. 1, only 46 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions have fulfilled them. With Portales schools nearing the […]

Councilors approve raise for city employees

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved expansion of the Yam renovation project and OK’d a 3 percent raise for city employees following a positive report as they made their mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday during their regular meeting. “Basically we’re very strong and healthy,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “We got our […]

12-16 Public Record

The following people applied for marriage licenses: • Benjamin Allen Herring, 32, and Shelly Lee Swinney, 26. • Randy J. Ornelas, 26, and Sabina A. Romero, 18. • Joaquin S. Torres, 19, and Chelsea L. Allison, 18. • Bobby Stone Timmons, 38, and Christy Johanna Cook, 35. • Roger Dale Martin Sr., 63, and Linda […]

Minimum wage law could affect overtime

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An element of the new state minimum wage law could cost local governments tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay and is drawing opposition from city officials across the state. The new law, effective Jan. 1, cements a work period as 40 hours in seven days with no […]

12-2 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Nathan D. Wood, 21, and Janet L. Kimbrell, 22, both of Portales. • Aldo D. Valenzuela, 25, and Milbia J. Marquez, 24, both of Portales. • Gregory O. Hill, 37, and Julie A. Watson, 28, both of Portales. • Benjamin Allen Herring, […]

School board briefed on downtown plan

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Manager Debi Lee and Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Wilkening brought Portales school board members up to speed on a recent community planning process aimed at improving the city’s downtown. Lee told board members designers used a process called a design charrette in which community members share their […]

10-24 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Saturday — Shayla Whitecotton Tuesday — Tiffany Lee Upcoming events Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Deaths Tommy Goff died over the weekend. Births Houston and Mary Lee […]

10-21 Engagements

Olmstead/Loper David and Ginny Olmstead of Decatur, Texas, and Karilyn Olmstead of Edgewood announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Karen Olmstead of Clovis to Daniel Loper of Clovis. He is the son of Tami and Kevin Lee of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dan Loper of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at […]

Designer, team present downtown plan

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Visions of a new downtown plan that might include a place on the courthouse square for domino players and families to gather was the focus of the “Work in Progress” portion of the Portales Downtown Plan presentation on Wednesday night. The “Work in Progress” presentation was an opportunity for […]

Councilors OK project expansion

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at Tuesday’s regular meeting to expand a street project currently under way in northeast Portales to include areas cut out in the project’s grant process. City officials say engineer Chad Lydick is estimating the extra work — on First Street near Mental Health […]

City councilors officially adopt transportation committee’s study

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council officially adopted the year-long study that has produced the Portales Transportation Plan along with its recommendations. Work on the plan, done by a citizen and stakeholder group called the Portales Transportation Planning Committee, was directed by G.C. Engineering. It is wide-ranging, from a recommended northwest alignment […]