Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

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 […]

Why jewelry stores weren’t made for cowboys

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist We had been making the rounds of jewelry stores in search of an item to secure my position as “good husband.” Mostly I was standing around watching solicitous salespeople hover over my wife the way my dogs flock around me when I walk outside with a plate of scraps. Mall […]

New rules could be inconvenience for some stores

By Tova Fruchtman New Mexico convenience store employees will not have to brave the graveyard shift alone any more. Starting today, convenience stores must have two employees working between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. or only allow customers access to clerks through safety features such as bulletproof glass under a new regulation passed by the […]

Holiday gifts are meant for adults, too

By Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Portales receiving second Dollar General store

By Tony Parra Discount store executives looked at Portales as a market to bring in their stores and in January the second Dollar General store will go up within the last 11 months. The new Dollar General store will be located at 1015 W. 2nd Street by the Movie Gallery video store some time in […]

Be nice this holiday; skip the shopping

Jim Lee Well, Monday starts the last month of this year. It seems like the year just got started. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be so tired of the constant repetition of holiday songs I’ll be tempted to sneak bark beetles into Christmas tree lots. I’m not really a scrooge, but enough […]

Officials help convenience stores follow safety guidlines

Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and held […]