Business feature: Store offers specialty fashion items

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PNT staff reports Sheila’s Classy to Whimsy Ladies Apparel has been in Portales seven years. The store offers clothing, jewelry and other fashion needs. Sheila Hays has lived in Portales all of her life . “I know my customers and I get to visit with them,” Hays said. “That is the advantage of being in […]

Cement distibutor to create three to six jobs in Elida

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A cement distribution facility expected to employ three to six local residents is moving to Elida. The terminal is to distribute bulk cement products around eastern New Mexico and west Texas for GCC America Inc., a subsidiary of cement company Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, according to a news release […]

Business feature: Owners bought restaurant to build legacy

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PNT staff Kelly and Sheryl McClary bought Pat’s Twin Cronnie 10 years ago as something their children could take over when they retired. “When we bought it, our oldest daughter was married and the youngest was still at home,” Sheryl McClary said. McClary said being able to own a business and work with their children […]

Business feature: Cindi’s Treasures has ‘homey feel’

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PNT staff Except for a brief stint in Albuquerque as a hair model, Cindi Onstott, owner of Cindi’s Treasures, has lived in Portales for most of her life. Onstott’s business background is varied. She’s worked in or owned automatic car washes, a detail shop, a furniture store and a dry cleaner in the last 20 […]

City employees make up for lost time

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With back-to-back three-day weekends, city offices are playing catch up after the holidays. Christmas and New Years Day fell on Friday this year, resulting in three-day weekends for many city workers. Public safety officials were still working or on call but most officials had the extra time to spend […]

Ag feature: Pecan crops can be found locally

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Peanuts may be important to Roosevelt County, but they aren’t the only nuts in the jar. Pecans aren’t a major crop in the county, but the area is home to several orchards. Local pecan grower Michael Eaton tends an orchard on Roosevelt Road P, along with his family’s second […]

Business feature: Duo in doughnut business

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Sandy and Thane Floyd own Daylight Donuts. The business has been serving Portales little round glazed circles of joy for 25 years. Sandy said her husband has been working in the doughnut business since he was a sophomore in high school in Los Alamos off and on. “When he graduated from high school he worked […]

Grocers oppose reinstating food tax

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Local grocers don’t believe reinstating a food tax is the solution to solving a shortfall in state revenue. The statewide food tax was abolished six years ago by New Mexico Legislature with Gov. Bill Richardson’s support. But a 42-member task force appointed by Richardson in November appears to be […]

Business feature: Business owners believe community is key

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Giving back to the community and helping employees better themselves are part of the formula John Snowberger says have turned his McDonald’s restaurants into successful operations. Snowberger and his business partner and wife, Robyn, own and operate seven McDonald’s Restaurants in eastern New Mexico. Snowberger moved from California to New Mexico for a job in […]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico If shopping at North Plains Mall is any indication, it’s beginning to look a lot like economic recovery this holiday season. Mall Manager Cindy Banister said it appears Clovis area retailers are fairing better than other areas of the country hit hard by the global economic downturn. “Our sales […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

Business feature: Farmer finds stability with company

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PNT staff Eldon Merrick was a farmer before he decided he needed to find something different to provide for his family. The answer for him was feed processor J.D. Heiskell & Co., where he is now plant manager. “I couldn’t sustain a good living for my family so I tried to get into something else […]

Farmers cautious of future cold snaps

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties is anywhere from 52 […]

Ag well application closure receives mixed reactions from local farmers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Local members of the agriculture industry have mixed reactions to the recent closure of the High Plains aquifer to new appropriations of water. Last week, the Office of the State Engineer announced that it would no longer allow permits for agricultural, commercial, municipal or industrial wells that would pump […]

Business feature: Gas station offers full service experience

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PNT staff It might be cold outside, but Doyle Onstott braves the elements in order to serve his customers. Onstott has been running South Sea Full Service Station for 24 years. C&S Inc. owns the station and provides supplies to Onstott, who manages the business. Onstott got into the business by accident. His uncle and […]

Businesses, community plan for annual Christmas festivities

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is expecting 20 floats in Friday’s Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade, which adds to the list of different events planned for the square. Twelve different business on the square are slated to stay open later with special sales and entertainment. “We’ve got quite a […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Western Dairy Transport lays off about 75 workers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Western Dairy Transport in Portales laid off about 75 employees Wednesday because a large contract expired. Company President David Shelton, who works in the Stephenville, Texas, office, said WDT’s multi-year local-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired. The new contract was awarded to Greatwide Logistics Service, based in […]