Vandals strike skate park

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Recreation Center officials closed the skate park to the public Monday, a day after it was vandalized. Four aluminum fence poles that were set in concrete were broken Sunday and a section of the pavement was spray painted, according to Johnny Ledbetter, recreation center and […]

State legislature ponders helmet law

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bill requiring children under 17 years old to wear a protective helmet while using a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates in a public area is headed to the state Senate for vote. It was passed unanimously Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bicycling injuries have been cited as […]

Teens fly in new skatepark

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Skateboarders, roller bladers and bikers alike were radiant with victory Saturday evening as the new skatepark in Portales held its grand opening. “It’s been a long hard fight,” said Lorenzo Baca, the vice president of the Portales Skate Park Organization. The organization, which was started by youths using the […]

Board requests skate park budget

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Board members want some fine-tuning and a final proposal presented to them by the Portales Skate Park Organization members before approving a new skate park. Recreation board officials listened to a presentation from skate park club members on Thursday during a meeting. Recreation board members have already given […]

Officials determine costs for new skate park

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Skate Park Organization members have already determined a location and on Tuesday evening they determined a cost of $50,000 and a design for a new skate park. In the middle of August, the Portales Recreation Board members approved the location of the new skate park to be a […]

Sept. 25 Local Briefs

Skate park meetings start Youth and parents are invited to a meeting for the creation of a skate park at the Recreation Center. The meetings will be held 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Recreation Center. For information, contact Lorenzo Baca at 760-7562, Jimmy Shiner at 714-5603 or Mary Carvey at 218-5048.

Committee exploring skatepark move

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Recreation Board Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the Portales Recreation Center parking lot as the new site for the city’s skatepark. A proposal with design and costs still needs to be presented before the Portales City Council for final approval. Members of the Portales Skatepark Organization agreed with the […]

Council holds off on skate park decision

By Tony Parra They came dressed in black, with a mission to save their park. News of the city’s skate park closing brought out teens and parents wearing black shirts with the words “Operation Keep Skate Park” to the city meeting on Tuesday evening. The shirts were similar to the yellow shirts Portales residents wore […]

Survey says: Close skate park

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Portales residents have spoken and they want the Portales Skate Park at Rotary Park to be closed because it’s a safety hazard. The Portales Recreational Board recommended the closure of the skate park after receiving results of nearly 500 surveys. Many of those surveys, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said, […]

Free concert at skate park

There will be a free heavy rock concert 4 p.m. Sunday at the skate park at Rotary Park. There will be three bands — Citagen from Carlsbad, NSA from Ohio and an unnamed band from Portales. For information, contact Patrick Dallas at 703-2016.