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 […]