Business feature: Building to return to roots

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The one-time location for a J.C. Penney store in Portales is going back to its roots in a sense — clothing will be the main product once again. Suzi Webb is renovating the old store at 109 S. Main St., next door to Valley Furniture. Webb hopes to open […]

Business feature: Pizzeria offers more than pizza to community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Pizza Hut offers more than pizza. General Manager Cathy Hess and her employees have been working to give Portales the best service for a dine-in experience. The restaurant is owned by Greg and Wendell Blankenship, who own eight Pizza Hut stores: Two in Clovis and the rest in smaller […]

Out of the office and into the fields

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s no shortage of businesses that have field offices. But, right now, the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Las Cruces is literally sending their officers into the field — crop fields across eastern New Mexico. They want to know what farmers are planting and how much. The NASS New […]

It’s their job: College student learning about his selected field

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Justin Jones is kennel manager, veterinary technician and receptionist at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Jones was born in Dallas, but spent the vast majority of his life in Portales. He is majoring in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis at Eastern New Mexico University with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. How […]

New dealership arrives in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico On Monday, General Motors filed for bankruptcy. Also on Monday, a Clovis Hyundai dealership opened shop. Hamilton Hyundai opened its doors with about 10 employees on hand to sell a fleet of 30 vehicles. Gary Hamilton, owner of the new franchise on Mabry Drive, said he hopes those numbers […]

Business feature: El Rancho immersed in community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The El Rancho Restaurant celebrates 20 years of serving the Portales community this month. Owners of the family-owned business say they are working to give back blessings they have received through the course of the year. A little history: Joe Garcia and his parents, Ruben and Sara Garcia, own […]

Couple recieves promotion for business

PNT Staff Report Sandra and James Golden of Portales have been promoted to the director level of Reliv International, a direct-selling company that provides nutritional supplements, according to a Reliv press release. According to the release, the Goldens are independent distributors for Reliv and attained the promotion by meeting sales volume goals.

Portales liquor licenses

A list of liquor licenses in Portales

It’s their job: Office manager works her way up

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Deanna Banister is office manager at the Office Center Inc. She is originally from Clovis, but she has lived in Portales for 15 years. She is married and has two children. How long have you been at this job? I have been with the business almost 12 years. Why did you choose this job? My […]

Business feature: Golf game leads to shop purchase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer In August 2006, Joann Rackler bought Do Drop In. She opened the doors one month later. Rackler buys her produce from area stores. She said she’s always wanted to have a restaurant. Her story: Rackler’s husband was playing in a golf tournament with one of the former owners of […]