It’s their job: Aaron Evans

l803sz-l803ru831itjevansweb.jpg

Jeanette Everett: PNT correspondent Aaron Evans upgrades electrical services at Eastern New Mexico University. He has been an electrical apprentice with Theco Electric in Clovis for a year and a half. “It’s different every day,” he said. “You never know what you’re gonna do. They send you to school and you get on-the-job training while […]

It’s their job: Sharon Hooper

Argen Duncan Sharon Hooper has worked as a bookkeeper for Randall L. Burnett, CPA, for 5 1/2 years. She said she likes the job because it’s educational and interesting. “It’s like a big puzzle that comes together at the end,” Hooper said.

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

l6cjma-l6cjct730taxfreeweb.jpg

Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]

It’s their job: Dusty Looney

l67a58-l67a4v727itjlooneyweb.jpg

Cosmetologist Dusty Looney of Creative Images salon gives a manicure Monday. She does hair and nails, and has worked at Creative Images almost 10 years. Looney said she likes the work environment where everyone gets along, and the people she meets.

It’s their job: Doyle Onstott

l5txml-l5txmi720itjonstottweb.jpg

Portales’ Doyle Onstott is owner and manager of South Sea Full Service Station. In October, he said he will have been operating the gas station for 25 years. His is among the last full-service gas stations in the region.

Portales Workforce Connections office closed temporarily

The New Mexico Workforce Connections One-Stop office in Portales is temporarily closed because of a transition in staffing, but all services are available at the Clovis office. Matt Barela, manager at the Clovis office, said Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso began a contract to staff the office July 1, and the office closed that day until […]

Officials at odds over lack of new businesses

l5h0uq-l5h0n8713creditstobbweb.jpg

Argen Duncan The national credit crunch is affecting Portales, although opinions differ on how. Several local businesses — Papa Murphy’s, Movie Gallery and La Hacienda — have closed their doors for different reasons during what Roosevelt County Community Development Director Greg Fisher calls a tough time for retail. In addition, Fisher believes strict credit requirements […]

Restaurant owners not served with fish surcharge

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com New Mexico may eventually feel various pains as part of the ripple effect of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. So far, a fish surcharge isn’t one eastern New Mexico is dealing with. With fears of oil contamination, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed […]

Disposal dilemma

l4lla6-l4ll4h626trashweb.jpg

By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The City of Portales has been trucking its trash to Clovis for years and saving money. But officials say a new study approved for next year’s budget will re-evaluate whether or not the city can build its own landfill and still be as cost-efficient. City Manager Tom Howell said […]

Most crops escape major hail damage

l4aa51-l4aa42620cropsstatusweb.jpg

Argen Duncan Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive rain have caused problems in several places. Tom Dannelley of Eastern Plains Insurance Corp. said he’d received about 10 claims for hail damage to crops in Roosevelt County, which is about normal. “There have been some scattered around, […]