Portales past: March 17, 1944

March 17, 1944: The Portales Daily News: 1st Sgt. Harold L. Woodward, son of Mrs. C.W. Woodward of Portales, has won the right to wear the world famous wings and boots of the U.S. Army volunteer paratroopers, World War II’s most feared warriors.

Portales prepares for Heritage Days fun run

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Runners from Roosevelt County and beyond will pound the pavement this Saturday in the seventh annual Heritage Days Fun Run through the streets of Portales. Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet, has been a part of the run since its conception. “The way this all started off — we […]

MainStreet hopes to keep donations flowing

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A variety of New Mexico wines from Tularosa Vineyards will be available for sampling during the Portales MainStreet Summer Wine Fest Friday evening. Sponsored by First Community Bank and hosted by the Portales MainStreet Organization, the come-and-go event will be held 7-11 p.m. at the Do Drop In courtyard, […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

Call center ups capacity

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an entire day’s operation for one of the fast-food restaurants. Although there is no food or cooking equipment, there is a fully functional cash register. The system […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Local retailers: Shop Portales during holidays

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Service and quality are high on the list of reasons to Christmas shop in Portales this year, according to local retailers. “Nine out of ten times, when you shop locally, you’re looking at the owner,” Danny Woodward of Woody’s Jewelry in Portales said. Woodward said in his case, especially, service […]

Juanito’s applies for beer/wine license

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant is seeking to be the second restaurant in Portales which will be offering beer and wine under the new beer and wine license program approved by Portales voters in September. Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant owner Juan Garza was present to answer any questions city councilors had and […]

Jewelry store set for golden anniversary

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. The owners of Woody’s Jewelry, Danny and Chris Woodward, will be celebrating their business’s 50th anniversary in March. The Woodwards have brought eloquence 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 […]