My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we [...]

It’s their job: Naomi Handrich

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Naomi Handrich Job: Assistant manager at Dominos Time on the job: Almost four years Background: Before going to work at Dominos, Handrich worked at La Tienda while going to school at Eastern New Mexico University. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Basically I have to oversee everything. [...]

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 [...]

Santa Claus getup suits Manny just fine

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A childhood fascination and a $10 investment at Wal-Mart has led to a seasonal Santa Claus who doesn’t mind being a rent-a-Santa, or a jolly old St. Nick waving at passersby just because it’s Christmas time. Manny Gallegos is the smiling man in the red and white fur suit who [...]