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 […]

Ticket feature: Square dance group holding district dance

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ square dancing group, the Portales Starlight Swingers, is hosting this quarter’s district dance. The dance includes square dancing groups from Clovis, Artesia, Hobbs, Roswell, Portales, Carlsbad and Ruidoso. Karl Cox Jr. works as a caller for the Portales Starlight Swingers. He said district dances are meant for fun. […]

New license plates honor universities

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University has its own New Mexico license plate. The new plates, which feature the university’s Zia symbol and greyhound on a green background, are available now, according to a news release from the state Taxation and Revenue Department. “I think this is a good opportunity for […]

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 […]

Education feature: RGH selects fourth grader’s card design

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Christmas cards rarely sport pictures of bones, but just such a design put one Portales fourth-grader at the top of the annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Tanya Gomez, a Valencia Elementary School student, won the contest to design a radiology-themed Christmas card for the hospital. Her design […]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Education feature: Students share class feast with family

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Twenty students in the first grade and ingredients for enough Thanksgiving dinners to feed three families — that’s Steiner Elementary School teacher Marea Smith’s recipe for a class feast. For seven years, since she began teaching at first grade, Smith has led her students in making Thanksgiving dishes from […]

Ticket feature: Grammy-nominated guitarist to perform in Clovis next week

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Business feature: Cosmetologist offers traveling service

Amanda Kaberlein’s business AmandaKure Salon offers some of the usual and something unusual. Kaberlein is also a traveling cosmetologist. If a customer can’t make it to salon, she goes to the customer. “When I was at school we knew a lot of people who couldn’t go to the beauty salon on a regular basis,” Kaberlein […]

Religion feature: Churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With October comes the guessing game of who’s going to dress up as what for Halloween. Churches in Portales and Clovis take the opportunity to provide families with a fun, safe place for children to wear those costumes. Lola McVey with Central Christian Church in Portales said their fall […]

Ticket feature: Peanuts, crafts highlight of Peanut Festival

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Peanuts and crafts will take over Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom Saturday and Sunday at the 36th annual Peanut Valley Festival. The event, sponsored by the university, is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Caitlin Medlicott, festival coordinator, said the event includes crafts, food and games […]

Business feature: Hobby leads to business

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Linda Nicholas has been making ceramics and jewelry for more than 20 years, but Fawn’s Ceramics and Jewelry officially became a business in 2007. Nicholas got into making ceramics as a child. “This lady came over one morning to have coffee with my mother,” Nicholas said. “Of course, I was six years old and always […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]

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 […]

Ticket feature: Rock ‘n’ Roll panel part of festival

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the Clovis Music Festival has boasted its ability to bring fans from across the world, this year’s festival gained the attention of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Museum Exhibitions Coordinator Shelby Morrison is heading to Clovis for the Sept. 10-13 festival as a show […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar Nelson said he and his brother will be performing a rockabilly show called Ricky Nelson Remembered in memory of their father who died in an airplane crash […]

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. […]

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 […]

Business feature: Sodexo caters to variety of tastes

Freedom New Mexico Tracy Kelly is the general manager of Sodexo catering at Eastern New Mexico University. Sodexo not only creates meals for students but also caters to the needs of the surrounding area for weddings, parties or any special occasion. Kelly, who moved to Portales in April, said Sodexo provides a variety of menu […]