MainStreet program receives recognition

Freedom New Mexico The Portales MainStreet Program received the Award for Overall Excellence in Economic Positioning at the New Mexico MainStreet 25th anniversary awards banquet Saturday in Albuquerque, according to a news release from the state Economic Development Department. “Portales was recognized for conducting a comprehensive series of activities that over time improved the community’s [...]

Press release: Portales MainStreet wins award

The New Mexico MainStreet Program celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday with an awards banquet in Albuquerque. The evening brought together representatives from all 23 New Mexico MainStreet communities, national MainStreet luminaries and various local leaders to honor the program’s silver anniversary. “New Mexico MainStreet has been a vital part of our economic development over the [...]

Weekly update — Aug. 1

Stargazer to be improved The Portales MainStreet program is planning to improve the Stargazer, its open-air venue on Main Street. The Stargazer opened last year for a couple of functions, but the roof and front wall caved in, said MainStreet board officer Greg Erf. Since then, the group has cleared the debris and put up [...]

Reader submitted content: More than $1,800 raised at 10K run/walk

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Donita Privett Seventy-one runners and walkers raised more than $1,800 at the 10th Annual Heritage Days 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, hosted by the Portales MainStreet Program and sponsored by Burger King on Saturday. Runners and walkers met at the newly restored and renovated Yam Theater at 219 S. Main St. Participants received a t-shirt, [...]

Portales MainStreet selected for pilot program

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales MainStreet is entering a program to support small business and serve as a model for that program. Portales MainStreet has been selected to serve as a model in creating a New Mexico MainStreet entrepreneur development initiative, according to the Associated Press. “We’re going to be creating an environment [...]

Yam Theater nears completion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After a long period of vacancy and renovations, The Yam Theater is nearing its re-opening day. Stephen Doerr, board member of Portales MainStreet, which owns The Yam, said he expected sub-contractors to finish their work in three weeks. Volunteers are to complete tasks that don’t require licensed professionals, such [...]

Wine tasting event to raise money for downtown projects

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Winter Wine Festival and fundraiser Saturday is being billed as the social event of the holiday season by its organizers at Portales MainStreet. “It’s a social event,” said Nicole Wilkening, community affairs coordinator. “Pecos Flavors Winery is going to be serving wine and beer selections so people can [...]

Printing building becomes event venue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A dilapidated building has become a new downtown event facility with brick and concrete interior walls, rusty antiques for decoration and open-air rooms. Portales MainStreet has renovated the former Bishop Printing building on Main Street to become the Stargazer, named for the two roofless rooms at the front of [...]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from Friends of New [...]

Fall festival features Santa Fe Brewing Co.

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PNT Staff Report The Portales MainStreet Program is bringing the Santa Fe Brewing Co. to town for a fall festival Saturday night. “(We are hoping) to create ‘Alive After 5’ entertainment, to have different venues for people — young and old,” said Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet. MainStreet organizers have said the planned the [...]