Minimum wage puts state at economic disadvantage

By Walter Bradley Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average minimum wage […]

Senate floor leader proposes tax break to soften minimum wage increase

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A top Democratic leader in the Senate is proposing a tax credit to help small businesses cope with the costs of paying their workers a higher minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, introduced a measure Wednesday to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Investment firm seeking opportunities

PNT Correspondent: Eric Butler Got a thriving small business with a potential to grow? Maybe even by leaps and bounds? Then New Mexico Community Capital CEO Jarratt Applewhite is looking for you. For the third time since NMCC was formed in November, Applewhite was in the Clovis/Portales area looking for businesses to invest some of […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]

Businesses are ‘primo’ family affair

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Victor and Rosario Garcia had dreams of a better life and they came to the United States from Mexico 18 years ago in pursuit of them. Through an unexpected combination of businesses, they’ve accomplished some of those dreams. Rosario Garcia is the co-owner of La Paz Authentic Mexican Food […]

Residents have mixed feelings on new hotel

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales downtown business owners have mixed feelings on exactly how much their businesses will be affected by the opening of the new Portales Inn hotel and restaurant, which will be located in the downtown area. Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel have been optimistic that parts of the […]

Hispanic women make mark on New Mexico business

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By Helena Rodriguez It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the family business, […]

United Way $26,000 away from goal

PNT Staff Roosevelt County’s United Way is more than halfway to its fund-raising goal, but still needs about $26,000. Erinn Burch, executive director of the Roosevelt and Curry County branches of the charitable organization, said Roosevelt has collected $34,019 in donations and pledges, as of Friday afternoon. The county’s goal is $60,000. Fund-raising for Roosevelt’s […]

United Way about halfway to goal

By Kevin Wilson With a little more than two weeks to go in its fund-raising campaign, the Roosevelt County United Way is about halfway to its goal. “We are about at 50 percent in hard fund-raising numbers,” said Erinn Burch, the executive director of the Roosevelt and Curry County branches of the charitable organization. “Our […]

Chamber pays tribute to members

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By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials took the time to recognize those who have worked hard in the progress of Portales during the chamber banquet on Tuesday evening. It’s been a year which has seen many businesses expand and open. New stores such as Dollar General, American Eagle Tattoo, Buena Vista Realty […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Office set to help new businesses

By Laurie Stone The Small Business Development Center of Clovis Community College is opening a satellite office beginning Sept. 10 in Portales. The Roosevelt County Enterprise Center, the official name for the office, will be located at the Business Welcome Center at 100 S. Ave. A and will be scheduling one-on-one appointments Friday from 9 […]

La Casa celebration set for Saturday

By Tony Parra The Second Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Casa Family Health Center officials said the purpose of the health center celebration is to take time out for its customers. “We’ve been here for over 28 years,” Jeanette Chavez, La […]

Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Area residents to face off for council seat

Tony Parra Mike Miller was the Portales fire chief for nine years and a Roosevelt County manager for six years. Here are some of his ideas on the city council position. Q: What are your thoughts on the Ute Water Project? A: I’ve been with and around local government since I went to work for […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Program aimed at improving communication

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are taking steps toward better communication between the university and local community. “The leadership training program was started so that full-time ENMU professionals could be more aware of the community,” Trisha Maguire, ENMU leadership advisory council member, said. “We also want to make them aware of the leadership […]

Clovis church shows kindness to seniors

Gary Mitchell Faith Christian Family Church is hoping to give back to the seniors citizens who have given so much through its “Conspiracy of Kindness” campaign. Several area businesses have partnered with the Clovis church to provide free oil and filter changes and car washes Aug. 24-25 to all senior citizens ages 60 and older. […]