Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

Operation Season’s Greetings

Janet Taylor-Birkey Many stateside spouses are gathering goodies for their mates overseas, but stateside wife, Laura Cluverius is not only sending goodies to her husband, but his squadron team members in the form of “Operation Season’s Greetings.” Tech. Sgt. Michael Cluverius, is currently deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, with the 27th EMS. “Being the […]

Home business goes world wide

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Shipping products to places such as Australia, Switzerland and Sweden has taken Webb Direct 2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store from a home-based business to an international company. “We are an international business but we can offer comparable prices for an area like this,” said owner Suzi Webb. Started […]

Fire destroys building in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fire destroyed a shop building on South Globe in Portales early Friday morning, sending thick clouds of black smoke rolling across the city. Total damage caused by the fire, including the shop and its contents and two RVs parked inside was estimated at $650,000, according to fire officials. Portales […]

Fixing it right

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By William P. Thompson Doug’s Garage in Portales has been operating since the early 1980’s without offering customers flashy deals or promises to attract the customer. The shop operates in a simple, straight-forward manner. The auto shop’s owner, Doug Frank, said most of the time he tells the customers, many of them regulars, to leave […]

Engravers use cutting edge technology to create awards

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Teresa Peralez uses a computer program to designate the dimensions of a picture mat to be cut. Janet Taylor-Birkey Most words are not written in stone, but where Terry Vaughn, of Cannon’s Framing and Engraving shop is concerned they might as well be. Lasers engrave, burn and cut with precision on a variety of materials […]

Some of us are like TV characters

By Kevin Wilson My birthday is a little less than two months away. I’m just letting you know now, because I’ve never been an easy person to shop for. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to come along to my family Christmas vacations, which I’ll admit I haven’t always got to do on […]

Main Street programs hope for downtown revival

By Marlena Hartz The quaint, red bricks that pave Clovis’s Main Street are at odds with other parts of the downtown district. Available parking is sparse and obstructs traffic, with spots for vehicles laid at an angle. Minimal lighting, in the form of utilitarian lampposts, bathes tiny portions of the district at night, leaving blocks […]

Agriculture comes to town today

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By Tony Parra Vendors, merchants and organizers were busy on Monday afternoon putting everything in place for the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo sponsored by Plateau Wireless and Hamilton Automotive group. The farming and dairy community of Portales is home to the agricultural showcase every year and this year there will be more than […]

Local retailers: Shop Portales during holidays

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Service and quality are high on the list of reasons to Christmas shop in Portales this year, according to local retailers. “Nine out of ten times, when you shop locally, you’re looking at the owner,” Danny Woodward of Woody’s Jewelry in Portales said. Woodward said in his case, especially, service […]

Oct. 4 Obituaries

Joe L. Visage Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Portales. Mr. Joe L. Visage, 86, of Portales, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, in Lubbock. He was born June 24, 1919, in Lockney, Texas, to Katherine and William R. Visage. He moved to Portales in 1938 from Canyon, Texas. He and graduated from […]

Family opens coffee shops in Portales, Clovis

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The coffee cups pour in Portales and Clovis, as one local family has created a significant share in the growing business. Sheryl McClary and husband Kelly McClary of Portales own three coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. Sheryl McClary said the Coffee Depot in Clovis was opened November and Casa […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]

Shop steps back celebration

By Leslie Radford The owner of Joe’s Boot Shop said after 24 years the western wear store is hanging its hat on the entertainment side of its annual July Fourth festivities. Joe Rhodes said the Mabry Street business will continue with its tent and warehouse sale, but there will not be the usual entertainment lineup […]

Business blooms during Valentine’s Day

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By Kevin Wilson Shane Caraway of Portales walked into Hestand Floral just a little after 1 p.m. Monday, and was quick to admit his fatal flaw. “I’m one of those late shoppers,” Caraway said to the employee, Bernice Weems. “I could kick you,” Weems responded with a laugh. Caraway, a dryer operator for DairiConcepts, selected […]

Coslett known as shoemaker with compassion

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Hugh Coslett lived life serving others. He was most known for his craftsmanship with footwear at Oscar’s Boot Shop. He died Jan. 23, 2005. Bernice Coslett, Hugh Coslett’s wife, said her husband did a lot for people that had foot problems. “He was a very hard working man that was […]

Owners complement each other at flower shop

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: The News-Tribune is doing a weekly feature on business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Roses, daisies, lilies and baby’s breath are some of the necessities needed for business owners Linda Ward Bell and Rena Foster Clark to turn a customer’s vision into […]

Boot shop to have celebration

By Emilie Hornak: PNT Correspondent Joe’s Boot Shop has redefined the meaning of customer appreciation over the years with its annual July 4th Great Tent Event. You don’t even have to be a customer to appreciate it. Store patrons can expect live music and free drinks as the Western apparel and supplies store on Mabry […]

Stinnett sells Muleshoe Journal

Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other publications […]

Art professor brings life to coffee shop

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By Mike Linn A local art professor has brought new meaning to the term “grande” cappuccino. If this seems a bit confusing, take a look at the mural she recently finished in the courtyard of the Do Drop In coffee shop. Micki Muhlbauer, an art professor at Eastern New Mexico University, painted a trio of […]