Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

It's their business: Crimson Designs


Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Crimson Designs co-owner Mike Gray said his business uses a direct to garment printer that allows him to print photographs and other graphics on t-shirts and other apparel. Crimson Designs • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Location: 1209 N. Main St., Clovis. • Owner: Mike and Mitch Gray • […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

It's their business: Kiko’s Produce


Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Kiko’s produce, which opened in November, offers fresh fruits and vegetables and other hard to find items such as cana, guayabas and chayote. Kiko’s Produce • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. • Location: 1200 Pile Street, Clovis. • Owner: Francisco and […]

Their business probably none of my business

Say you were climbing Mt. Everest with your co-ed bowling team. You cover the last hundred yards to the summit. It takes five hours. After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet! “Whew!” says one of the climbers, “I never […]

It's their business: Sports Angle


Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Sports Angle owner Steve DeLeon sells sports figures and plaques as well as other sports-related merchandise and is expanding to include Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! game cards. DeLeon said he plans to host Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering tournaments at his store. Sports Angle • Hours: Noon to 5:30 p.m. […]

It's their business: Tech Boys

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Tech Boys manager Cade Wheeler works on a computer CPU. Tech Boys offers residential and commercial computer repair services and has been open since 2005. (In the specialty section of the profile, can you add Certified low voltage contractor NM license 366321) Tech Boys • Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 […]

It's their business: Chillers

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Chillers employee Tesha Middleton, left, and store owner Lisa Thalleen make a smoothie for a customer. The store has been open since 2009. Chillers Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; Open daily in the summer. Location: 4024 N. Prince […]

Year in review: Transportation industry expanded in Portales


PNT Staff Reports In 2010, growth in the local trucking business promised about 100 new jobs for the Portales area, on top of other advances in the local business scene. In February, Greatwide Logistics Inc. began to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America. The company hired dozens […]

It's their business: Royal Oriental Store

Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Royal Oriental Store owner Josie Dayrit Goltz-David stocks Yan-Yan snacks on a counter. Royal Oriental Store • Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday. • Location: 917 N. Main St. in Clovis • Owner: Josie Dayrit Goltz-David • Type of business: Oriental grocery • […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed


Alisa Bowell According to many local Clovis and Portales business owners, their holiday sales for 2010 have been good, despite the economic downturn. Randy Petty of Ace Hardware in Clovis said the store’s sales numbers are always at their highest in the summer due to the amount of outdoor products sold in the store. He […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

It's their business: Force of One Martial Arts

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Force of One instructor/owner Eric Suan, adjusts a target for a student. Force of One Martial Arts • Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Location: 1121 Thornton St. […]

Monday morning briefing: Hot game, school business and a concession

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Our own game specialist Jenna Zaime’s pick of the week. Game: Bejeweled 3 Genre: Puzzle System: PC, Mac What is it? A compulsively fun sequel that’s delightful, if familiar. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: Holiday cooking tip To […]

It's their business: Echo Chamber

File photo Kayce Whitacre, owner of Echo Chamber, straightens video games Tuesday while checking out the cover art on some of them. Gabriel Monte Echo Chamber • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday • Location: 317 South Avenue C in Portales • Type of business: […]

It's their business: GW Boutique

Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte GW Boutique is located at 700 Commerce Way in Clovis. GW Boutique • Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday • Location: 700 Commerce Way • Type of business: Retail • What they offer: Women’s apparel and accessories • Specialty: Classic to trendy clothing • Open since: 1997 • […]

Elida residents aim to revive town square with Christmas spirit


Alisa Boswell The sights and sounds of Christmas will make their way to the Elida town square Friday night. The village is holding its inaugural Christmas on the Square event, starting at 6 p.m. Shops surrounding the square will be open for business. Each shop will display Christmas lights and hand out free refreshments. The […]

Portales promoting local shopping with Christmas crawl

PNT staff report This Christmas season, the Portales MainStreet Program is featuring the Portales Christmas Crawl to promote local shopping, according to a news release from the organization. Participants can win gift certificates and products from local merchants. People interested have from Friday to Dec. 11 to get a promotional booklet with instructions from a […]

It's their business: Patriot Outdoors

Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Patriot Outdoors, on Curry Road 16, offers a rock climbing wall, a firing range and firearm training courses. Patriot Outdoors • Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Location: 1250 Curry Road 16 • Type of […]

It's their business: Katie’s Flowerland


Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Floral designer Domonique Basped, left, and apprentice floral designer Kim Schiller work on a flower arrangement at Katie’s Flowerland. Gabriel Monte Katie’s Flowerland • Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Location: 1520 Mitchell St. Suite 5 • Type of business: Flower […]