Santa Fe depot, Harvey House oldest buildings in Clovis

By Don McAlavy I n 1908, Burns Agency was started in back of the old Citizens Bank on Grand Ave. It was an insurance and real estate business, but moved several times. It’s now at 5th and Mitchell streets. It was started by Frank Burns, but ran many years by a son, the late Jim […]

Dora entrepreneurship program teaches students to start business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eight Dora High School students are in business. A youth entrepreneurship training program called Biz-Ed Ventures, which offers a grant to start a new business, offered a seminar on starting a business from the ground up in Dora recently. “You’re learning how to run your own business someday,” Ashley […]

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

It’s their job: Business expands beyond TV repair

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Robert Encinias, 59, is the owner of Robert’s TV & Appliance, an electronics store. He is a Portales native and Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He started the business in 1962. What’s the typical day like for you? “Basically we meet the customers’ need, sell things all day long, order products, stay up with the […]

Business feature: Businessman likens computers to patients

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Yurem Diaz, owner of DiAZY (pronounced De-Ya-zee) Computer Services and More in Portales, got interested in computers in high school in the late 1990s. “Everyone was excited,” Diaz said. “I always wanted to use a computer … it was the first time anyone had actually had them in school and stuff.” Diaz said when it […]

In full bloom

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Business is blooming for area florists even with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year. Shops in Clovis and Portales plan Sunday delivery while others see themselves being out of flowers by that time or done with all orders. Either way, sales have been high for flower shops in […]

Business feature: Owner takes on challenge of new business

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Freedom New Mexico Dewayne “Buster” Tucker is the new owner of Shorty’s Dry Cleaning. He purchased it three months ago from former owner Dewayne Vardeman. “It is kind of exciting and new,” Tucker said about going into the dry cleaning business. “I took it on as a challenge to learn something new. I like serving […]

Business feature: Musician offers local artists recording services

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PNT staff reports Jake Jones said the S.L. in S.L. Studios is short for “Smiling out Loud,” which was the idea of his wife, Josie. Jones has owned the home recording studio for several years. He has been a musician since he was 6 years old, and he always wanted to play, write and record […]

Program offers free tax help

PNT staff reports Again this year, AARP, the Internal Revenue Service and the Eastern New Mexico University College of Business are sponsoring Tax-Aide in Portales, according to Portales Site Coordinator Mercedes Agogino. The program provides free tax returns and electronic filing to low- and middle-income people. It is available 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Feb. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

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 […]

Councilor withdraws from election

Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election. Leo Lovett is now the only declared candidate running for Ward C. Watson said Lovett is qualified for the position and feels he will do a good job.

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 […]

Monday morning briefing: We’re talking how to start your business

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Behind the scenes at the Clovis landfill… it’s At your service. Question of the day Michael Jackson… swine flu… Tiger Woods? What in 2009 did you most tire of talking about or hearing? Please share your thoughts in the comment section […]

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 […]

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]

Jan. 5, 1956

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Portales business and home owners are reminded that tomorrow, Friday, is New Mexico Statehood Day and all are urged to fly flags in the commemoration of New Mexico’s joining the union as a state.