Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first […]

Business feature: Temp agency connects employers with employees

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Lexie Myers is the owner of Snelling Staffing Services in Clovis and Portales. She moved to Clovis from Fort Sumner in 1985. Snelling Staffing places people into a temporary role with an employer. Myers said times were tough back in the 80s for farmers so her family moved to […]

Rental homes dwindling

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By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer Portales has very few vacancies among residential rental properties, which underlines the need for more housing to sustain population growth, the local economic development director says. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said he conducted a telephone survey Monday of 581 units, almost 25 percent of those […]

It’s their job: Portales man went from trucking to towing

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David Welch is owner and operator of A-1 Towing in Portales. Background: Welch grew up in Portales and graduated Portales High School in 1969. He and his wife, Pam, who does the bookkeeping for the business, have three sons and a daughter. Welch started in the trucking business right after high school. “I hauled cattle […]

Business feature: Bar creates different path for Portales native

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PNT staff report Chad Heflin took a different path in life when it came to the family construction business. When the opportunity came to start a bar, Heflin jumped at the chance. “I just had the chance to get a liquor license was all it took,” Heflin said, “and then I learned from there.” Heflin […]

Business feature: Cosmetologist offers traveling service

Amanda Kaberlein’s business AmandaKure Salon offers some of the usual and something unusual. Kaberlein is also a traveling cosmetologist. If a customer can’t make it to salon, she goes to the customer. “When I was at school we knew a lot of people who couldn’t go to the beauty salon on a regular basis,” Kaberlein […]

It’s their job: Secretary stays busy

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Name: Shauna Wade Job: Secretary for certified public accountant Terry L. Cone. Background: I am originally from Sundown, Texas. I’ve lived in Portales since 2003. I am married, and I have two daughters. Time on job: I have been with Terry L. Cone for two years. What does your job entail? Everything. I answer telephones, […]

Press release: More than $18 million in CRP payments going to New Mexico farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico today announced that USDA has almost completed issuing over $18 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in New Mexico. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments are being made on 31 million acres across the country. […]

Business Feature: Business venture joint effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer C.B. Eddins and his wife Norma Griffin work together selling Avon products for little extra Christmas money for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eddins and Griffin met at the Portales Senior Center and have been married for three years. The retired couple has been working with Avon for a […]

Clovis Builders update Cannon officials on housing plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

It’s their job: PHS grad prefers working in retail

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Chris Tarango is head cashier at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Background: Tarango was born and raised in Portales and is the youngest of a large family. After graduating from Portales High School, he attended Texas Tech University and Georgia Tech for his bachelor’s degree. He received a master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University. […]

Business feature: Open house highlights new chopper

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Showing onlookers a compartment barely the size of a walk-in closet, Bruce Mitchell explained how the small area becomes a functional medical unit while at the same time, flying patients to trauma centers. Mitchell, a registered nurse and AeroCare crew member, said Wednesday the opportunity to speak and show […]

Business feature: Local economies stable during recession

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, two Portales business people said the town seems somewhat insulated from the national economic peaks and dips. More than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over and an expansion has begun, but they expect the recovery will be slow […]

Dairy attrition continues

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Ten dairies in Roosevelt and Curry counties have gone out of business since wholesale milk prices began dropping more than a year ago, a Dairy Farmers of America spokesman confirms. Walter Bradley, government and business affairs director for the DFA in Clovis, said five of the dairies were participants […]

Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]

Business feature: Green thumb spurs business

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Freedom New Mexico Curt and Lisa Jaynes have been sowing seeds for more than five years in Portales with their business, Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Curt Jaynes has been gardening all his life and felt this would be something he enjoys doing. He said it was his idea to open a gardening store. “I’ve […]