Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Portales past: Sept. 9, 1960

Sept. 9, 1960 Portales News Tribune: “Vol Model Baby,” a registered Jersey cow owned by Eastern New Mexico University, set an official production record. The cow was given a proven index of 12.5, which indicated Baby produced 12.5 times her body weight in milk in 305 days.

Area banks have Portales roots

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent The banking business in the early days on the High Plains was as wild and unpredictable as the other occupations of the time. People did not have much money, but after the sale of a herd of cattle, there would be large sums of gold and paper money to contend […]

Business feature: Sandwich shop family effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Adolph Cordova and his family have owned The Bird’s Nest for 19 months, and things have been busy for the sandwich shop. Cordova said he likes being around people, and that’s why he loves the restaurant business. Cordova worked in construction before he had knee surgery. He got into […]

Business feature: Insurance company relies on referrals

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Mickey and Rhonda Paden have owned and operated Paden Insurance since 1981. Paden said her husband, Mickey, got tired of working in the construction business and decided to go into insurance. “We just jumped out there and did it,” Paden said. What does it take to sell insurance: Every […]

Business feature: J.J. Jumbo Burger

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer J.J. Jumbo Burger is a staple in Portales. Pete Paiz has been running J.J. Jumbo Burgers for 15 years. He bought the restaurant from his father, Johnny Paiz, who owned the business for 20 years before he sold it. Back then it was called Jose’s. Altogether the business has […]

Portales National Bank marks century of service

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When James (Jim) Polk Stone came to Portales in 1885, before New Mexico was a state, all he had was a fifth-grade education, the shirt on his back and the horse between his legs, according to family. Nevertheless, he went on to establish the Bank of Portales in 1902, […]

Women businesses soar state-wide, locally

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Tony Parra The state of New Mexico ranks seventh in the nation in women-owned business growth in 2002, according to research from the Center for Women’s Business Research. Portales is no stranger to women-owned businesses with owners that include Trish Lovorn of the Hestand Floral, Pam Kratzer of Book Nook and Sheila Hays of Sheila’s […]