Business owner hopes to draw new neighbors

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Local business owners are trying to attract new and existing businesses with the construction of new office and retail space in the 400 block of South Avenue C. There will be 11 units constructed for retail or office use, said project owner Max Merrick. There is no date set […]

Biography tells of cafe owner, Portales history

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More than 30 friends and relatives — mostly relatives — gathered Friday at the Portales Public Library to learn more about Barbara Chesser’s most recent book and to remember “Mattie.” “Mattie” Smith Kinney, owner of Mattie’s Cafe in Portales, is the subject of Chesser’s book, “Remembering Mattie: A Legacy […]

Bike shop sees growing interest in two-wheel transportation

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More people are showing an interest in bicycles as a primary form of transportation with gas approaching $4 a gallon, according to the owner of the local bike shop. Roger Rehder, owner of Bicycles Sales and Service, said the bicycle business is seasonal, usually running from March through September. […]

Back in business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

Guthals to run for county spot

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis business owner said he plans to run in the county election. Charles Guthals, 71, said he will run for the District 5 County Commission seat. The seat is currently held by Tim Ashley, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits. Guthals said he believes his experience as a […]

It’s their job: Nancy Tivis

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Nancy Tivis Job: Owner, The Fashion Girl/Merle Norman Cosmetics Time on the job: 21 years Background: Tivis retired from Portales National Bank in the position of vice president after 36 years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I do make-overs, which are free. Our motto is “We […]

Adulthood requires restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]

Animal control a busy business in Portales

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer While taking a walk through the Portales Animal Control shelter, one might find it difficult to look into the faces of the animals which occupy the few cages the shelter provides, knowing those animals could possibly face the last resort option of being euthanized. The officers at the animal control […]

Real estate squeeze?

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new […]

Local dealership owner wins legal fees back

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a Portales car dealership owner in court action related to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The ruling allows Alva Carter, owner of Big Valley Auto in Portales, to recoup some or possibly all of his […]

Business Digest, Business Licenses

CNJ Staff Hot-dip awardee prevents corrosion PBI Ross-Holm of Portales was a 2005 recipient of the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing — Food & Agricultural Award from the American Galvanizers Association. Hot-dip galvanizing is the process of applying a zinc coating to fabricated iron or steel by immersing the material in a bath consisting primarily of […]

Businesses have mixed reactions to base enclave

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Slated for closure by the Department of Defense, Cannon Air Force Base was granted a temporary reprieve by a federal commission on Friday. Soon to be stripped of its three F-16 squadrons, the base must find a mission in order to remain open. Economists say a base closure would put a […]

Business keeps memory of husband alive

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series about local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or more. Margie Villalobos has been the owner of La Frontera Fashions for the past 13 years. She dresses the community by offering her customers a […]

Hunton lives goal through insurance agency

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series on local business owners who have been with their business for at least five years. With an aim to be a responsible business owner, David Hunton of Hunton Insurance has built a relationship with people in his 25 years as […]

Large variety available in jewelry and clothing

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of three stories about what gifts Portales shoppers are buying this holiday season. Portales residents in search for gifts for their sisters, mothers, wives and girlfriends in search of the right gift for her for Christmas may be interested in what local stores […]

Stinnett sells Muleshoe Journal

Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other publications […]

Device could assist firefighters

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Kevin Wilson The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and is accessible only by […]

Partners reap rewards racing reptiles

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Mike Linn The last foot-long stretch of the turtle race at Saturday’s Roosevelt County Fair had one turtle owner leaping in the air, yelling like an NFL football coach on Super Bowl Sunday, and waving his cowboy hat in an attempt to coax his new pet to victory. It worked. Sixto Paiz, 11, and Randall […]