Land sale approved

By Tony Parra City councilors during Tuesday’s city council meeting approved a resolution for the sale of city property to a Portales attorney to create offices for his law firm in the downtown area. Councilors approved the sale of 301 S. Ave. A. for $5,000 to Eric Dixon. City Attorney Stephen Doerr said the real […]

Overpass idea does little to appease residents

By Rick White While campaigning in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from Clovis amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two miles west of the Clovis city […]

Applebee’s to construct location in Clovis

By Mike Linn Another national chain restaurant is scheduled to open in Clovis in the near future. City officials said construction on an Applebee’s west of North Prince Street on Llano Estacado Boulevard will likely begin at the end of the month. “They’re getting through the process now,” said Claire Burroughes, community relations director for […]

City council makes changes to street repair plans

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials approved a change order on Tuesday during the city meeting to a project which would allow the city to use an excess amount of money from a Community Development Block Grant to make further street improvements. The original grant agreement awarded the City of Portales $457,882 […]

Rain creates obstacles for some in Portales

By Tony Parra The rain has hit the eastern side of New Mexico and brought about healthy rain amounts to an area which has suffered the last few years due to lack of rain. The rain has made farmers, yardsmen and university groundskeepers happy, but it has given construction and street workers another obstacle. The […]

Aug. 10 Obituaries

Elberta Allen, 75 Mrs. Elberta E. Allen, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 22, 1929, in Portales, to Margia Hayne Camden and Richard Wilson Boyles She attended school in Portales. She had lived in Portales and Clovis most of her life. She held various jobs, […]

Clovis getting sign-swipped

By Mike Linn When it comes to street signs, popularity is in the name. Or the lane — as in Clovis’ Happy Lane. Street signs notifying drivers of the intersection of Happy Lane and Stone Place have become a favorite among Clovis’ sign thieves, city officials say. At one point, street department employees decided to […]

MainStreet program gets big boost

By Tony Parra The governor’s signature is the only thing halting some $85,000 in upgrades for the Portales downtown area. The funding was approved through the Legislature for the Portales MainStreet Program. Originally the request was for $125,000. The main street program consists of three levels: city, state and national. Danny Woodward, president of the […]

One dead in Clovis shooting

Jack King A 47-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night following a shooting on Sunrise Street in south Clovis. Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Tuesday inside a trailer at 1013 Sunrise by a deputy investigator of the Office of the Medical Investigator. Police said they couldn’t release further details of the incident, […]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a […]

City welcomes new development director

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The position of community development director has been filled by Darla Wilhoit, who will work in conjunction with Community Development Executive Director Kim Huffman towards the future of economic development of Portales. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Wilhoit said. “I’ve been working for private […]

Smooth Sailing

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Mike Linn A pothole half a foot deep at the intersection of 9th Street and South Globe Avenue harbored about a quart of water Tuesday afternoon. Several feet from the pothole on Globe was a crooked mound that would slightly shake the most sturdy of cars. And on the side of the road a two-inch […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]

Clovis woman gets crushed by truck

Janet Bresenham A Clovis woman attending a family Fourth of July party was killed Friday night by a pickup truck fleeing police, according to Clovis police. The pickup was traveling east down the 500 block of West 18th Street, which was crowded with hundreds of children and adults who had been watching the city fireworks […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]

Portales roads under construction

By Angela Peacock Construction is under way on the first of three City of Portales street maintenance projects. Joe Perry, Portales’ street superintendent, said cost for the projects is $65,000. He said the state pays 75 percent of costs, with the city paying the balance. Road crews are expected to have Avenue E repaved from […]