Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

Businesses, customers object to North Prince Street median

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — At the peak of evening rush hour Tuesday, vehicles slowed to a crawl alongside the new and brightly painted yellow concrete barrier in the middle of North Prince Street with drivers staring at entrances across the road, trying to figure out how to get to them. One […]

Portales Past: March 19, 1945

March 19, 1945: Portales Refrigeration and Electric Co., located at 208 NW Colorado St., reminded its customers in a newspaper ad: “The warm season of the year is almost here. That is when spoilage of foods can become very serious and expensive.”

It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

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 […]

Oct. 8, 1978

In the Portales News-Tribune, Poppa Pat’s Steakhouse advertised their dinner steak for $3.45. This price included homemade soup and salad, a baked potato or wide fries, and a loaf of sourdough bread. Customers could also top off their meal with homemade ice cream and cookies.

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 […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]

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: El Rancho immersed in community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The El Rancho Restaurant celebrates 20 years of serving the Portales community this month. Owners of the family-owned business say they are working to give back blessings they have received through the course of the year. A little history: Joe Garcia and his parents, Ruben and Sara Garcia, own […]