Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

Southwest Cheese makes 25-year donation to Clovis Schools

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

Plans rolling for state-of-the-art museum

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every year. In Lubbock, they flock to the Buddy Holly Museum. Clovis officials hope to get visitors rolling into town, too, with the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ’N’ Roll Museum. “One thing we have that is unique to […]

Parade organizers still accepting entries

PNT Staff Entries are still being accepted for the “Welcome Home Troops” parade scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will begin on Avenue O, follow Second Street, then end on the square downtown. Nancy Gentry, an organizer, said there is no cost for entries and she will still be taking entries this week. […]

Parade planned for returning local troops

By Tony Parra The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police and soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade which will […]

Clovis looks into buying studios

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, with the remote dream of purchasing Norman Petty Studios, local officials said. To be requested in the next legislative session, the funds could be earmarked for purchase of the studio where rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy […]

Business confidentiality agreements restrict public information

By Marlena Hartz In the age of information, keeping secrets is standard business practice, according to some academic and business officials. A growing method of grapevine circumvention is the confidentiality agreement. Once signed, it legally binds individuals from divulging a wide range of information, from a food recipe to the identity of a company. The […]

Factory to turn cheese whey into nutrient-rich animal feed

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Mesa Ingredient Company is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will be […]

Illinois company leases ClientLogic building

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers An Illinois-based customer service company signed a lease Wednesday to rent the old ClientLogic building. The company, SEI, is immediately looking to hire bilingual employees from the area for customer support positions, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. In all, the call center is expected […]

Cheese plant still on schedule

By Ryan Lengerich Above average rain totals in January has not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on scheduled to be up and running by October, said Maurice Keane, chief executive officer of Southwest Cheese. […]

Trio of owners work to keep values

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been at their business for five years or more. Owners of the Portales Ace Hardware Store — John Gentry, Ray Gutierrez and Don Sena — have been united by a three-way partnership for […]

Region could land new call center

Eric Butler Eastern New Mexico may be close to landing a new call center that would employ 600 people. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Director Chase Gentry said Wednesday the building that once housed the ClientLogic call center in Clovis is close to finding a new client. The center, vacant since MCI withdrew from the site […]

Arnold bows out of race for probate judge

PNT Staff For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years. Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term. Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally. “I am very thrilled and […]

Artesia milk company responsible for future cheese plant

Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia, N.M., initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

Officials optimistic about plans for cheese plant

Glen Seeber By Glen Seeber Freedom Newspapers Glen_Seeber@link.freedom.com If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote […]

Chase Gentry awarded economic developer of the year

Jack King The vision and determination of a legendary economic development director live on in Chase Gentry, officials said Thursday. Gentry, who was given his first economic development job by Portales development executive R. Dallan Sanders, became the third person to receive an annual award named in Sanders’ honor Thursday. The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation […]

Gentry, Jones claim top honors at PHS banquet

By Kevin Wilson It was a lot shorter, but just as sweet for Jeremy Jones and Jennie Gentry. Jones and Gentry were named the greatest athletes for the 2002-03 year at Portales High’s annual athletic awards banquet, held Monday night at the Memorial Building. The event was trimmed down from years’ past, amid feelings that […]

PHS to be well-represented in All-Stars

By Kevin Wilson There’s no telling who will come out on top in this summer’s North-South Class 3A All-Star games, or which former rivals will make the best teammates. The only thing that is for sure is that Portales High School will be well-represented. Tori Carter and Jennie Gentry were named to the inaugural 3A […]