Family pony to make 25th county fair appearance

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A little beige pony who has carried two generations of children and ventured into his owners’ house is heading for his 25th Roosevelt County Fair pony show in a row. LeRoy, a 30-year-old Gotland pony, has “raised” Joan Orcutt’s five daughters and seven grandchildren, so far. Orcutt’s granddaughter, 9-year-old […]

Business feature: El Rancho immersed in community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The El Rancho Restaurant celebrates 20 years of serving the Portales community this month. Owners of the family-owned business say they are working to give back blessings they have received through the course of the year. A little history: Joe Garcia and his parents, Ruben and Sara Garcia, own […]

Business owners want parking space back

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has decided to look into options for changing parking on Second Street at the County Courthouse in response to complaints from business owners across the street. Tuesday the owners asked for the return of parking spaces that courthouse parking lot remodeling had shifted to other […]

No action taken on trash proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Rules for controlled burns remain unchanged in Roosevelt County, and property owners don’t have to remove trash and tumbleweeds from their land and yards. The Roosevelt County Commission took no action during its meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse on a request for an ordinance that would require property […]

March 13, 2009 legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 8 The living daylights: The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 7-1 on Thursday in favor of a bill to abolish daylight saving time in New Mexico. In a news release, bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, said “There are so many reasons for New Mexico to exempt itself from […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Business owners look to boost sales on Valentine’s Day

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writers After enduring months of area residents cutting back on the extras, Dakota’s Steakhouse owner Jim Clark is expecting couples to use Valentine’s Day as a reason to go out and celebrate. He’s not alone. Clark said Valentine’s Day was the busiest day of the year for […]

Bill would cap fees for locating property owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A bill backed by the state Taxation and Revenue Department would limit how much people who locate the owners of unclaimed property held by the state can charge. The measure (HB 178) caps the fees for those finders at not more than 10 percent of the value of the […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make up the difference. On January 1, the state mandated minimum wage increases from $6.50 per hour to $7.50 per hour. Tom Martin, the owner […]

Guns flying off the shelves with election in balance

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Guns are flying off the shelves at local gun shops, according to gun store owners. Store owners said the election and the possible victory of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is driving up gun sales. R&S Gun Shop store owner Larry Reeves said Obama would push for tighter […]

Livestock board omits horse tax

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Horse owners in eastern New Mexico can look forward to a tax break this year due to an oversight by the New Mexico Livestock Board. Because of an accounting error, there will be no livestock board tax on horses in New Mexico for 2008 — horse owners will only […]

State legislators talk business

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Small business owners need to get more involved in the creation of state regulations pertaining to businesses, according to Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure. More than 70 people attended Friday’s ACI breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, including small business owners and city, county and state […]

Siblings strive to keep dream alive

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Growing up, the Idsinga siblings said they were often tagged with the name coyote pack or wolf pack because of their loyalty to each other. Now they’re applying that trait to operating a business together. The four 20-something siblings — Dougie, Dawn and Derek Idsinga and Darci Collins — […]

Local property owners overcharged on taxes

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An error made by a state agency in Santa Fe has resulted in Roosevelt County property owners being overcharged on their 2006 property taxes. The mistake will result in $251,318 in tax relief to county residents, according to a Feb. 8 letter county officials received from Robert Apodaca, director […]

Car show benefits children with heart problems

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer This Saturday the Classic Motor Cars and the Caprock Corvette clubs will host the third annual Kars for Kids car show at the Lubbock Dragway in Idalou, Texas, to help benefit children with heart problems. Caprock Corvette Club President Randy Edwards said the event will consist of a car […]

Dairy owners feeling the heat

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer With temperatures soaring across most of the country, dairy owners are sweating market conditions as much as the heat. Doug Idsinga, a Roosevelt County dairy owner who employs 20 people, said his business has been affected by the heat and the drought. Idsinga said he does his own farming […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

Business expert Schallert speaks to chamber crowd

By Tony Parra There may have only been two business owners who attended a small business workshop in Portales Thursday, but those two owners say they learned something they could take back to improve their businesses. Dave Hunton of Dave Hunton Insurance in Portales and Rosemary Metcalf of Windrush Alpacas in Clovis gained some ideas […]

Portales Junior High School youths get quick initiation into workaday world

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By William P. Thompson Most of the eighth-grade at Portales Junior High ventured out to local businesses and government agencies yesterday as part of the school’s annual job shadowing day. Some students watched beauticians at work. Some spent the day with firefighters. One student even went to jail, but only to see how corrections officers […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]