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Thinking big with HGTV Home Town contest


January 29, 2020

If you could make any changes to Portales, what pops into your mind?

Maybe a movie theater in one of our empty buildings?

A gazebo in City Park or on the courthouse square?

A repurposing of the old Santa Fe train depot?

A new site and a new life for the Governor Lindsey house on North Boston?

Some of us who love Portales have been looking into that proverbial crystal ball this week and dreaming big, thanks to a contest sponsored by a series on Home and Garden Television (HGTV).

Ben and Erin Napier are hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town.” They are on the hunt for a community with fewer than 40,000 people for what they are calling a “Home Town Takeover.”

They’ll be sending work crews and a production team to the selected town for a community-wide renovation that will air as six episodes for an HGTV series planned for 2021.

Bill Hendrickson, executive director for the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, and longtime Portales resident Quaylene Parkey are spearheading a hastily assembled group of folks with one goal: “Pick us! Pick Portales!”

This group has jumped into action to create a professional four-minute video entry for Portales. You may well run into some of them this week as they dart about interviewing locals, shooting video footage, raising enthusiasm, and promoting involvement in this project.

Yeah, we all know it’s a longshot, but why not take it?

After all, the winning community “can expect to witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes as well as the revitalization of public spaces — parks, local diners or restaurants, and outdoor recreation areas,” according to the “Home Town” website.

Who wouldn’t want that?

If you are intrigued, you are encouraged to get involved, but time is of the essence.

There will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, on the Portales square at 100 S. Ave. A, Hendrickson said. Even though the ball is already rolling, great ideas and fresh enthusiasm are more than welcome.

Also — as the website points out — nominations for this competition are accepted from “any citizen … who loves their own hometown.”

There is a simple form available online at:

The more people who step up and show that they care, the better.

If you’d like to know more, call Hendrickson at 575-356-8541.

Hey, HGTV, are you listening? Pick us! Pick Portales!

Betty Williamson has her fingers crossed. Reach her at:

[email protected]


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