NFL star buys Tucumcari dealership

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There’s a new bear in town from Chicago. Brian Urlacher Cross Country Auto Sales is purchasing the Mills-Strebeck Autoplex on Lake Road. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears linebacker’s car business took over the management and is purchasing the dealership, said John Everhart, general manager of the new Cross […]

“Kirby man” still going

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales.

Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

Home sales on the rebound

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The area housing market has experienced a major revitalization in the last three months, according to area real estate agents. The spirited sales come on the heels of a prolonged period of plunging sales after the Pentagon announced a year ago today Cannon Air Force Base was being targeted for […]

Alcohol petition lacks enough signatures

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A petition to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis bars and restaurants lacked the required signatures to be placed on the ballot for the next municipal election, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. To have made it on the March 7 ballot, the petition required 733 signatures from registered Clovis voters. […]

Holiday shopping a little slow

By Tonya Garner The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated with seemingly relaxed shoppers browsing available merchandise. Mall employee Brandi Chambers said she believes gross receipts are down from previous years because consumers are choosing to shop online. Chambers, who was operating […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 […]

General Motors’ cuts may restore competition

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]

Spending Saturdays at yard sales way of life for some

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By Kevin Wilson By most accounts, Saturday’s High Plains Yard Sale will be the biggest yard sale in eastern New Mexicans’ memories if it lives up to expectations — and by other accounts, it will even if it falls short of expectations. That doesn’t mean a garage sale is just some one-time event, though. For […]

Military wants share of lottery profits

Tom Philpott Over 178,000 retail outlets across 41 states and the District of Columbia sell state lottery tickets. Last year they earned over $3 billion in commissions on ticket sales of almost $49 billion. Military exchanges want a piece of that action. Congress is weighing a proposal from the Department of Defense to amend current […]