Trainer talks horse ownership

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Christina Calloway Wendy Toombs has been around horses her whole life and that love and knowledge for horses transitioned into adulthood. Owner of Abrazos Adventure, the Horse Connection riding school in Portales, Toombs has researched the cost and care of owning a horse. She gave a presentation to horse owners and prospective horse owners Tuesday […]

Their view: Small-business owners say keep exchange open

New Mexico’s leading small business association Tuesday released the results of its annual survey of members. Every year, the National Federation of Independent Business polls its members on state and national issues vital to their survival as entrepreneurs. It then centers its lobbying positions in Washington, D.C., and in Santa Fe on the responses. NFIB […]

Horses have deep relationship with owners

One of the most difficult questions every Christmas for Horse Lovers is what to get for that family member that brings you the most joy, is always there when you need him, and understands you better than anyone … No, not your horse clinician, barista or Pilates personal trainer, no. It is Equus domesticus propios, […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and […]

Hay meant for horses, not serpents

In the southwest, the price of hay can be daunting to horse owners. I keep our ranch horses up in the corral. When hay gets above $10 a bale, I actually weigh each feeding! Clyde has a little band of broodmares on his southern California operation. His place is sandwiched by irrigated alfalfa fields to […]

Papa Murphy’s owners to purchase Clovis location

Freedom New Mexico The ownership of the Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza store in Portales has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clovis store, which has been closed since the holiday season. Oma Creighton, co-owner of the Portales location, said the goal is to re-open the location on Prince Street in early March. […]

Year in Review: Agriculture producers had good year

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PNT staff report Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Alisa Bowell According to many local Clovis and Portales business owners, their holiday sales for 2010 have been good, despite the economic downturn. Randy Petty of Ace Hardware in Clovis said the store’s sales numbers are always at their highest in the summer due to the amount of outdoor products sold in the store. He […]

County commission agrees to support LATN

Courtesy illustration The proposed low altitude training area covers about 94,000 acres of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude […]

Curry commissioners back training request

Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. Commissioner Caleb Chandler proposed the resolution in support of a Low Altitude Tactical […]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their cows comfortable, and thus giving milk. Michelle Heavyside, co-owner of Greenfield Park Dairy on N.M. 202, said keeping the cows happy and healthy is in both the animals’ and dairy […]

Embryos best left to owners’ discretion

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Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New mexico Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Weekly news update

Wholesale milk prices rising That milk mustache is topping off a smile these days among local dairy owners. Wholesale milk prices are finally moving up. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson says wholesale milk prices were $12.86 per 100 pounds for last month’s milk. That’s in the general break-even range of $12-$14 per hundred weight, […]

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

Portales Past: March 10, 1950

March 10, 1950: Authorities were searching for an unidentified horseman who may have broken into a home southwest of Portales. Officials said neighbors saw a man on a horse headed for the home just before it was robbed while the owners were away. Deputy Sheriff Melvin Saunders said a wristwatch, two necklaces and a carton […]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Business feature: Owners bought restaurant to build legacy

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PNT staff Kelly and Sheryl McClary bought Pat’s Twin Cronnie 10 years ago as something their children could take over when they retired. “When we bought it, our oldest daughter was married and the youngest was still at home,” Sheryl McClary said. McClary said being able to own a business and work with their children […]

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 […]