Hard to part with square’s old look

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist The sight of heavy equipment ripping out the trees, pavement and lawn of the Roosevelt County Courthouse the last few weeks was harder to stomach than I had imagined. The project was the result of a collaborative effort kicked off by

Work continues on square

PNT Staff Report Construction crews will soon begin narrowing streets in Portales around the Roosevelt County courthouse square, starting with South Main Street. City Manager Debi Lee said Tuesday that crews are doing this for their safety while they work on the perimeter of the square. South Main and Second Streets will have a stop […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds. At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option. […]

Courthouse square plan gets final look

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales City councilors received one final report Tuesday on the courthouse square streetscape project in preparation for putting the project out for bids later this month. Portales MainStreet President Danny Woodward presented an updated sketch of the redesigned square. The entities involved ironed out the wrinkles last week in […]

Meeting will iron out plans for square

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A technical meeting will be held on Monday addressing concerns raised by county and city officials about the design of the Downtown Master Plan.The purpose of the master plan design is to promote tourism and new business to the downtown square. The cornerstones of the plan include balancing the […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

Builders going full speed ahead on new homes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Planners and developers said the market for new homes in Portales is still strong and will get stronger as Cannon Air Force Base grows. Larry Combs of Combs Properties is in the early stages of putting in a 55-lot residential development adjacent to Western Skies, west of Greyhound Arena. […]

Melon growers think inside the box

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you meet Ed Hitson on the streets of Portales, don’t buy square watermelon seeds from him. They don’t exist any more than magical bean seeds do. Hitson and his neighbor Tom Hebert can show you a square watermelon, however. Actually it’s rectangular to be exact — and they […]

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 […]