Western Bank looking for new home

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved a resolution which would allow Western Bank officials to demolish apartment buildings in Portales to build a new commercial banking building. The Western Bank officials are purchasing the apartments with the help of the Portales MainStreet Association members and the city of Portales. According to […]

City drops Community Service Center as provider

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved La Casa Family Health Center to provide community services such as primary medical care, family planning, pharmacy, dental, case management and immunizations replacing the Community Services Center in that role. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega was authorized by city council to contract with La Casa Family Health Center in […]

Hound soccer signs three midfielders

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo has announced the signing of three midfielders to national letters of intent, bringing the program’s total number of signees for next year to 10. Two of the players are from Toronto, Canada — Stephen Alicandro and Renato Ortega — while the third is Eric […]

Portales mayor joins water fund lobby in Santa Fe

By Andy Jackson Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other regional mayors, state legislators, […]

Bills could aid Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Ortega announces candidacy for second term

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega made his announcement to run for re-election on Thursday feeling there is still some unfinished business in the office of the mayor. “I want to start by thanking the citizens of this community for allowing me to serve as mayor for the last four years,” Ortega said. “I […]

Public meetings planned to clarify Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Experts in the Ute Water Pipeline project want to paint a clearer picture for eastern New Mexico residents so they can understand the need, costs and benefits of the proposed pipeline. They plan to do this with public meetings. The first of four meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday […]

City council addresses racism concerns

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman voiced her displeasure for how the north part of Portales is perceived by people and let it be known during the Portales City Meeting on Tuesday. Rachel Randall, a high school graduate from 1960, said there is a public relations problem in Portales. She said the […]

New Zealand ambassador to tour milk plant Tuesday

Staff reports New Zealand Ambassador to the United States John Wood will tour the Dairiconcepts milk plant in Portales’ industrial park Tuesday, according to a press release from the City of Portales. The plant, which employs over 100 people, is a partnership between New Zealand’s Fonterra and Dairy Farmers of America, both dairy cooperatives in […]

Sept. 23 Obituaries

Margaret Torres Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk. As a young […]

Portales focuses on street repairs

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials will at least explore solutions to combat the wear and tear on First and Second streets in Portales. The decision was made during the city council meeting on Monday evening. They will do it with $250,000 received through 2005 capital outlay funds from Gov. Bill Richardson and […]

City planning to aid displaced victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Ute Water Project cost raises concern

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales city officials are concerned the rising costs of the Ute Water Project could force other communities to drop out. D.K. Shafer of the Portales Finance Committee recommends city officials meet with officials from the remaining eight entities to see if they want to continue with the project. Tucumcari, […]

City council moving closer to ordinance

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council inched closer Tuesday to passing an ordinance that would place restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines believed to be used in methamphetamine production. The council unanimously approved a motion to put the ordinance to vote. First the council must conduct a public […]

6/16 Obituaries

Abelino Encinias, 68 Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Villanueva. Abelino Encinias, 68, of Sacatosa, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in Sacatosa. He was born on Jan. 27, 1937, in San Geronimo, to Manuel and Eumelia Encinias. He was a farmer all his life. He farmed in Portales and […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]

City council honors police

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega, city manager Debi Lee and the Portales city councilors recognized the efforts of Portales Police Department personnel during the homicide of Odis and Doris Newman in March. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned on two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Rams rally to complete twin bill sweep of Robertson

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By Dave Wagner Junior Tomas Sotelo’s home run backed shutout pitching from Justin Gilchrist and Mario Salazar in the opener and catcher Tyler Rutherford led a 12-hit attack with two doubles and a triple in the nightcap as the Portales High baseball team posted a 4-0, 11-6 sweep of Las Vegas Robertson on Saturday at […]

Little information released on deaths

By Kevin Wilson Two bodies found in a burned car southeast of Portales on Thursday could be identified in two or three days. But law-enforcement officials are not releasing much more information in connection with the case. “It’s strictly in the interest of not interfering with future investigation,” said New Mexico State Police Lt. Jimmy […]