It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

Engineering job seminar slated for Cannon

27th SOW Public Affairs Office A job information seminar for individuals who want to learn how to obtain civil service and contracting jobs at Cannon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Landing Zone. on Nov. 5. Career fields include engineering (professional & skilled), administrative, and contracting RSVP Shelly Schmidt at […]

Chaplain: Conversation my job

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig jokes with 1st Sgt. Eric Butt during a visit to the Cannon Air Force Base medical group building. Roehrig often drops in on units he’s assigned to so he can be visible and supportive. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections For an Air Force chaplain, life involves […]

It’s their job: Teacher says children most enjoyable part of job

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Caron Powers is a second-grade teacher at James Elementary School. Background: Powers grew up in Carlsbad and came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University. After college she commuted from Portales to Morton, Texas, where she taught for one year before being hired at the Portales Municipal Schools system. She is married […]

It’s their job: Student says she has passion for houses

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Name: Karla van der Ploeg Job: Prudential associate broker for Portales homes Background: I am originally from Holland. Six years ago I moved to and started attending high school in Clovis. I stayed there for two years and then moved back to Holland for a year. Then I came back and started to attend Eastern […]

Candidate’s business accused of discrimination

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton. Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store did not hire […]

It’s their job: Video clerk lands dream job

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Richard O’Hare is a video clerk at Landall’s Box Office What is your background? I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on the job? On the 15th it will be seven months. What does your job entail? I help keep the masses entertained. I file movies and video games. I restock them and […]

ENMU graduate finds opportunity to work with children

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Name: Renee Carrell Job: Assistant Director at Toriland Daycare. What is your background? I graduated from Floyd High School and then from Eastern New Mexico University. How long have you had this job? I have been with Toriland since June. What does your job entail? I answer phones and assist parents with questions they might […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union Pacific Corp. to […]

It’s their job: Student finds friends on the job

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Name: Tawnalei Tagaloa Position: Server/trainer at Pizza Hut Background: I am from California. I was born and raised in Orange County. I came to Portales in 2007 to play softball for Eastern New Mexico University. I am currently working on my degree at ENMU, majoring in sociology and psychology. Time on Job: I started here […]

Getting to know: Volunteer has served 12 years with Habitat for Humanity

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Greg Senn has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since 1997, he estimates. For his day job, he teaches sculpture, jewelry making and design with the Eastern New Mexico University Art Department. Why do you work with Habitat? I believe people need to give back to the community, and this was a very rewarding way […]

It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

It’s their job: Portales dental hygienist educates about oral heatlh

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Victoria Lops is a hygienist in the office of dentist Peter Thompson in Portales, where she’s worked for the past five years. Lops grew up in California and Texas before ending up in Albuquerque with her husband, Rey, and three children, Jacob, Cristen and Maria. After graduating from dental hygiene school at the University of […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

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James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement. Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in […]

It’s their job: Area native turns hobby into career

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Donita Privett has worked as a professional photographer for 10 years, and bought Times Remembered Photography Studio nine years ago. Privett is from Portales and attended elementary and high school in Dora. She earned a degree in agriculture economics with a minor in journalism from New Mexico State University. Every quarter, Privett takes professional photography […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

Urioste keeps busy in deputy clerk post

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Veda Urioste City of Portales deputy clerk Urioste is from Portales and has a business certificate from Computer Careers Center, which was in Albuquerque. She has one biological daughter and four adopted children. Urioste has served as deputy clerk for almost five of her 14 years with the city. […]

It’s their job: College student learning about his selected field

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Justin Jones is kennel manager, veterinary technician and receptionist at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Jones was born in Dallas, but spent the vast majority of his life in Portales. He is majoring in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis at Eastern New Mexico University with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. How […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]