Clovis resident Langdon Brown says his niche is in sales

Everybody has a niche in life and Langdon Brown’s is sales. The adopted father of three works 60 hours a week, loves working on cars, attending drag races and snow boarding and skiing with his family.

Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

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Alisa Boswell Portales voters approved Sunday restaurant alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters […]

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 […]

Low early voter turnout for alcohol sales issue

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Alisa Boswell PORTALES — Early voter turnout for the Dec. 13 special election on alcoholic sales in restaurants has been low, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. Martinez-Terry said as of Tuesday, 105 Portales residents have voted early. There are 6,007 registered voters in the city. “I’m not sure what this indicates,” Martinez-Terry said. […]

Black Friday sales move at steady pace

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Alisa Boswell “Booming” was not the word most local Clovis and Portales retail officials used for store traffic Friday morning during Black Friday sales. Despite the lack of long lines and sales moving at a steady pace, retail officials said they expect to come out ahead or break even with last year’s Black Friday sales. […]

It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in Portales and Roosevelt County. A petition drive started by local restaurants and aimed at legalizing Sunday sales of alcohol in Portales may not hold the promise of rough and tumble politics of the past. […]

Totsy offers a 10 percent discount code on top of their already great deals for back-to-school shoppers

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McClatchy-Tribune Right now, parents across the country are trying to stretch their back-to-school budgets to get all the necessities for their kids. The members-only website Totsy is here to help with a special deal for readers. Totsy says that last year, the average American family with two children spent around $550 on back-to-school gear. The […]

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Drought leading to large number of cattle sell-offs

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Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at an alarming rate recently, according to local cattle brokers and ranchers. They cite the lack of feed because of drought conditions for the sell-off. According to Clovis Livestock Auction sales representative Rustin Rowley, in just the last two months, weekly livestock sales have almost tripled, […]

Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Press release: December N.M. homes sales up

“December sales activity on a state-wide basis provided a good finish to 2010,” according the M. Steven Anaya, Executive Vice President of the REALTORS Association of New Mexico. “While total sales for 2010 were down 3.7% from 2009 totals, the pace is getting much closer to an adequate, sustainable level.” 1,009 sales were reported for […]

Portales past: Feb. 11, 1954

Feb. 11, 1954: The Portales Tribune: According to Mrs. Lacy Armstrong, car and truck license sales were slightly ahead of this time last year. Approximately 2,000 car licenses and 800 truck and pickup licenses had been issued to date.

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 […]

Customer rapport key to sales

Karl Terry Everybody loves a bargain — maybe even more so in these tight economic times. That could also explain the popularity of the shows “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” on History Channel. We would all like to think we’re wheelers and dealers but when it comes to our own hard-earned money on the table […]

Portales Past: April 2, 1955

April 2, 1955: The Portales Kiwanis Club was kicking off sales for its second “birthday” calendar, which featured birthdays and anniversaries for area residents. The first calendar, in 1954, included 1,000 listings. The goal for 1955 was 2,500 listings.

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, […]