Ag producers hope to not repeat farm bill quick fix

Members of the agricultural community are hoping they won't see a repeat of what happened late last year as Congress continues to work on a new farm bill. The bill, which many farmers were in support of because it included disaster assistance programs, never made it to the floor of Congress. Instead, the existing farm […]

Official: Sunland reopening process plant on Tuesday

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico peanut butter company that was shuttered after a salmonella outbreak will reopen its peanut processing facility on Tuesday and hopes to be making peanut butter again by the end of the year, officials said. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said officials are eager to begin working on this year's crop, […]

Start of school year boosts retail sales

Local hotels and stores experienced an influx of business from another incoming freshmen class at Eastern New Mexico University this weekend. Hotels and store owners said they expect and prepare for this crowd every year, usually consisting of the families moving in students to the dormitories and the return of current ENMU students. Spring enrollment […]

Business feature: Dawg Houze starts taxi service

Clinton Smith considers himself a regular on weekends at the Dawg Houze bar in Portales. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Dawg Houze owner Chad Heflin has started a taxi service for bar patrons. It operates Thursday night through Saturday night. Smith, a 24-year-old airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, usually walks 15 minutes to and […]

Officials explore possibilities of industrial park

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Alisa Boswell The chairman of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. board envisions broadening the possibilities for the industrial park south of town. Randy Knudson told city councilors at a public meeting Monday the industrial park does not need to be limited to just industries but could possibly include other entities such as the entertainment […]

Business briefs — Feb. 9

Chamber holding ribbon cutting The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting Saturday for the grand opening of Laser Cosmetics’ new Portales location. The new location is at 117 S. Main on the square and the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony being […]

Year in review: Abengoa comes, goes again

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Abengoa comes, goes again Abengoa Bioenergy USA restarted its Portales bioethanol plant on Jan. 12 after two years of inactivity. Then in December, it announced plans to close again. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin an extensive maintenance plan, so we’ll […]

Sharing a legacy

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Alisa Boswell John Wall said he is honoring his mother’s request by selling her collection of more than 5,000 dolls. Irene Wall collected dolls from all over the world for more than 50 years, including porcelain dolls, Barbie, Cabbage Patch dolls, baby dolls and much more. “I was an only son and she collected them […]

It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, according to local farmers. Eastern New Mexico farmers are experiencing drops of 20 to 30 percent lower than usual. Extreme drought and heat took its toll, they said. “We irrigate our pumpkins, but there is just nothing you can do about 100-degree days,” […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased by 17 percent nationally and by 38 percent in New Mexico. Despite this national and state increase, vendors from the local Clovis and Portales markets said, […]

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Ag secretary: Industry will continue to grow

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Local agriculture experts to host drought-management workshop

Argen Duncan Farmers and ranchers dealing with drought have a chance to gain management information with a seminar scheduled for Monday. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. The drought-management workshop is geared toward local agricultural producers. “There’s times you need a little more information to make a decision, and I’m hoping some of […]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and […]

Self starter: Clovis native plans microbrewery in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico A new business is in the works for Portales in the form of a microbrewery and restaurant where homemade beer will be served. The entrepreneur of this establishment is Clovis native Justin Cole, who moved to Portales in March of 2010. Cole said he started home brewing beer six years ago while […]

Local farmer favors cotton

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Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is a good option in Roosevelt County this year. Farmer Colin Chandler said producers are planting only irrigated cotton now, compared to last year, when 30 percent to 40 percent was dryland. “I wouldn’t say our acreage is going to be down […]

USDA weekly crop and weather report

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Weekly area crop and weather reports from the United States Department of Agriculture:

Sandwich shop to reopen

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Argen Duncan Do Drop In sandwich shop is reopening with a culinary school graduate and a military family at the helm. The restaurant on Avenue A closed Dec. 12. Previous owner Joann Rackler said she wanted more time, especially since her grandchildren are in Albuquerque. New owner Kamille Mountjoy said her family always wanted such […]

Economic development official recruiting tenants for industrial park

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s a pitch Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials believe is a winner when it comes to the Clovis Industrial Park. But the 250-acre park, finished in the summer of 2008, has been slow to attract potential industries. After two-plus years, just one […]