Business feature: Firm serves community in variety of ways

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Stephen Doerr and Randy Knudson have been practicing law together nearly 30 years. Doerr grew up in Clovis and Knudson in Portales. Doerr and Knudson played sports against each other, but didn’t strike up a friendship until law school. They met through a Phi Delta Beta fraternity brother at the University of New Mexico. Knudson […]

Agriculture land sales down

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when the market starts coming back, sales are so […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below […]

Business feature: Sisters start business in memory of father

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Freedom New Mexico Debbie Strong and her sister Viki Crawford got into Curves for Women after their father died of cancer. They started getting interested in their health and their brother James Russell was looking for something that he could do at that time. “Russell had a job he was tired of, which is pretty […]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been […]

Moneymakers

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The summer’s almost officially gone for almost every school-age kid in the area and that means it’s back-to-work. But it wasn’t all kick-back and do nothing for Clovis and Portales youth this summer. In fact, the onset of autumn for many merely means a switch from one kind of […]

It’s their job: Portales dental hygienist educates about oral heatlh

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Victoria Lops is a hygienist in the office of dentist Peter Thompson in Portales, where she’s worked for the past five years. Lops grew up in California and Texas before ending up in Albuquerque with her husband, Rey, and three children, Jacob, Cristen and Maria. After graduating from dental hygiene school at the University of […]

Retailers report steady sales

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico It looks like customers from across the region are taking advantage of New Mexico’s tax-free holiday, keeping local retailers busy Saturday. Stores in Clovis and Portales reported brisk business. Bealls Department Store in Portales saw a steady stream of shoppers. Portales resident Karla Lee bought shoes and school supplies […]

Business Feature: Retirees delve into second business

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When Jo Anna Baker and her husband, Wayne, retired from farming, she didn’t know what she could do with her time. After some thought and the purchase of an embroidery machine, Baker realized there was a need in Portales for a custom embroidery shop. Baker said she slowly started to add equipment to her shop. […]

Bingaman featured speaker at ag day

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., will be the featured keynote speaker Aug. 18 at a field day at the New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science Center at Clovis. “A large portion of the Clovis center’s research and Extension efforts are directed toward renewable energy and natural resource conservation,” said Rex Kirksey, the […]

Restaurant’s chili sauce featured in recipe

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Praise in New Mexico Magazine has set the market on fire for a green chili sauce a Portales family created and sells, and Sunland Inc. peanut products shine through similar “earned publicity.” In the August issue of New Mexico Magazine, the green chili sauce produced by El Rancho Restaurant […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico San Skinner and his family have gotten used to the routine of business in the 85 years since his grandfather opened the doors of Skinner’s Western Wear in Portales. The New Mexico tax-free holiday, which will be held statewide Friday through Sunday, has become one more routine. The tax-free […]

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

Business feature: Business seeks to ease selling process

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Boysetta Beggs and her daughter Kyleen Willis have added a little flair to the Portales Square with Crafty Creations. The crafts store is a place where people can rent a booth and sell their creations. People don’t have to worry about being there to sell their items because Willis and Beggs do that for them. […]

Economy pressuring business promotions to recruit, keep customers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s assurance at the pump, assurance in the laundry room or a few bucks to pad the wallet, businesses are doing what they can to bring in new customers and retain the old ones in a difficult economy. Count First Community Bank among those, with a plastic 5-by-7 […]

Business feature: Couple expanded laundry service from dairy clothes to uniforms and civilian clothing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valentine Linen has been operating for over 2 years in Portales. Shannon and Ken Valentine started out cleaning dairy clothes for their other business, Udderly Clean. Shannon said Ken used to work for Dairy Concepts. She started washing his uniforms at home. “That was really what Valentine Linen service […]

Store hosting grand opening

PNT Staff Report Dollar General store at 1015 W. Second St. has scheduled a promotional grand opening for Saturday and Sunday. The store has been open since May 26, about two months after the Dollar General location on Avenue C was destroyed by fire.

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]

Business feature: Sandwich shop family effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Adolph Cordova and his family have owned The Bird’s Nest for 19 months, and things have been busy for the sandwich shop. Cordova said he likes being around people, and that’s why he loves the restaurant business. Cordova worked in construction before he had knee surgery. He got into […]

Business feature: Auto parts store joins community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer O’Reilly Auto Parts is a new addition to the Portales community. O’Reilly opened April 10. Store Manager Jack Maloney has been with O’Reilly for six months, but he has worked in automotive parts for more than five years. The store has auto parts for any make or model. They […]