Dawg Houze one step closer to opening

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer After sitting quietly on Second Street for well over a year, the building called the Dawg Houze will soon house Portales’ newest package store. But as co-owner Chad Heflin explains, it’s already been a battle to get to this point. “It’s hard to open a business,” Heflin said. “But […]

July 20, 1977

• Thirteen downtown businesses were preparing for a joint half-day sale that would be held from noon to 8 p.m. The merchants were offering summer clearance specials and bargains on selected merchandise. • John Wayne and Lauren Bacall starred in The Shootist, the featured showing at the Varsity Drive-In Theatre. • A Rinsenvac professional do-it-yourself […]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on […]

Armed robber strikes store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police were seeking an arrest warrant Wednesday night for a man they believed robbed Video World, 505 W. 18th St., Tuesday night, and possibly another video store last week. Police served search warrants at a home on West 17th Lane on Wednesday and recovered items they believe were used in Tuesday’s […]

Police investigating armed robbery of video store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officials responded to an armed robbery that occurred on Friday evening at Landall’s Box Office, located on South Avenue C. According to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, the incident occurred at approximately 9:59 p.m. on Friday evening. At the time the robbery occurred, there was only one clerk in […]

Clovis store caters to New Mexico music lover’s heart

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Clovis. Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum and bass-guitar driven sounds she grew up listening to in Santa Rosa. The New Mexico brand of Latino music has a […]

Police suspect knife-wielding woman has struck again

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at discount store Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Little things can make big difference

By Helena Rodriguez: Columnist I get lost so easily in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Sometimes I’m in and right back out of the store in a few, but when I walk out of those sliding doors, I can’t remember where I parked. Even more baffling to my friend Bernard, however, is how I can easily […]

Local grocery closes doors

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales has one less grocery store after La Tienda in the Sands Shopping Center closed its doors earlier this month. Russell’s Super Save has purchased the inventory and fixtures from La Tienda’s parent company, Dale’s Venture Foods of Denver City, Texas, and will absorb the inventory into its store […]

Peanut butter panic

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of peanut butter that may be linked to salmonella. Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart’s Great Value […]

Jewelry store robbed

Freedom Newspapers Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair. Police said […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and […]

Clovis man’s death ruled homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Monday’s death of a 36-year-old Clovis store owner has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said Tuesday. Emmett Salisbury’s body was found by a friend and co-worker around 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. […]

Convicted felon perishes in prison

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon Melton, who suffered a long battle with cancer and was seriously ill, was 66, prison officials said Friday. Melton died Tuesday while in long-term […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Laptop sparks new interest in technology

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of […]

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 […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

Clovis grocery store robbed

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grocery store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, according to police. About 8 p.m., police were called to K’s Oriental Food Store at 1548 Thornton St. for a report of armed robbery. The victim told police a Hispanic male robbed the store at gunpoint and fired one shot while in the […]