Tax-free holiday more successful in large stores

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Many large retail stores in the Clovis-Portales area reported doubling their back-to-school sales during this past weekend’s tax-free holiday. Meanwhile, mostly smaller stores reported little to no impact. “This is the first year that we got to actually participate in the tax-free weekend in the Portales store so we had [...]

Anti-meth bill restricting cold medicines advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy [...]

Sales start slow, finish with bang

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By Tony Parra and Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Fireworks stands operators are keeping an eye on sales as the July Fourth weekend approaches and fire department officials are keeping an eye on stand operators. “Usually it starts to pick up the closer we get to July Fourth,” Joy Griffith of Portales said. Griffith manages the [...]

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 [...]

Businesses accused of underage tobacco sales

Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the state [...]