City councilors approve alcohol resolution

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer City councilors on Tuesday approved a resolution allowing the Portales MainStreet Organization to host a beer and nut festival on city property. MainStreet wants to host the event Oct. 25 — the date of Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming — on the site where the Farmers’ Market is held. […]

Summer Wine Fest on tap

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales will get a taste of New Mexico Friday during Portales MainStreet’s annual Summer Wine Fest. A fundraiser for the non-profit organization, the event, cosponsored by First Community Bank, gets under way at 7 p.m. at The Ice House, 208 N. Ave. A. The $25 per person ticket price […]

Events Calendar May 7, 2008

TodayMainStreet business workshop — 6 p.m. Memorial BuildingEastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting — 3 p.m. City Hall FridayEastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. Regents Room. SaturdayENMU commencement — 10 a.m. Greyhound Arena The events calendar is a daily listing that contains meeting and event information for the next […]

Local Briefs May 4, 2008

MainStreet to hold workshop The Portales MainStreet organization will hold a workshop facilitated by Lani Lott of New Mexico MainStreet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh Street in Portales. The results of a business questionaire distributed in January will be discussed and a brainstorming session leading to commerce building and […]

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 […]

New Deal exhibit touring New Mexico

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal will re-emerge in Roosevelt County next fall as Portales hosts a 75th anniversary photo exhibit: New Mexico’s New Deal Treasures, according to a press release. New Mexico Economic Development Department’s MainStreet Program has borrowed the traveling exhibit from the National New Deal Association. The […]

Cultural mecca: Why not?

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales MainStreet officials say an arts and culture district in downtown Portales could provide a key ingredient for revitalization — downtown activity in the evening. In 2007 the New Mexico Legislature adopted municipal-enabling legislation that allows for the creation of arts and cultural districts recognized by the state. The […]

Official: Fundraiser good fun for good cause

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Holiday spirits are sure to be lifted, swirled, sniffed and tasted as the wine flows Saturday night in Portales to benefit the Portales MainStreet Program. Plenty of wine, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment will be served at the annual Portales Winter Wine Fest Saturday at 7 p.m. at the […]

10-30 Local Briefs

Brown to hold parade Brown Elementary School will present its annual Teddy Bear Parade at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the school. The parade will be followed by an assembly and classroom parties. Family and friends of students are welcome to attend. Portales among MainStreet awardees Portales has been awarded a $50,000 grant as part of […]

Portales prepares for Heritage Days fun run

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Runners from Roosevelt County and beyond will pound the pavement this Saturday in the seventh annual Heritage Days Fun Run through the streets of Portales. Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet, has been a part of the run since its conception. “The way this all started off — we […]

MainStreet hopes to keep donations flowing

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A variety of New Mexico wines from Tularosa Vineyards will be available for sampling during the Portales MainStreet Summer Wine Fest Friday evening. Sponsored by First Community Bank and hosted by the Portales MainStreet Organization, the come-and-go event will be held 7-11 p.m. at the Do Drop In courtyard, […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

City names new MainStreet manager

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Georgia Gonzales has a new job and title. The City of Portales recently named Gonzales the Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager. The position replaces the Community Development Director position held by Jeremy Sturm who is leaving the post. As the new Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager, Gonzales will be in charge of managing […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

Plans progress for downtown revitalization

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

MainStreet basking in awards

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales MainStreet Program received four statewide awards Wednesday at the New Mexico Mainstreet Summer Institute in Farmington. The program won both the Excellence in Business Incentive and Excellence in Downtown Promotion Event, according to a press release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Local business owners won awards […]

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. […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

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, […]