It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

Ice cream shop opens

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PNT staff report Green tea ice cream? Yes. Portales chef Victor Castillo and his wife, Rosalinda, have opened a new ice cream shop, The Skoop, that features 16 flavors of ice cream, malts, sundaes, Italian soda, candy, pickles and more. They are showcasing their green tea and coffee ice cream flavors. “We’re going to be […]

Businesses using Facebook, Twitter to promote services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer More and more local businesses are using social networking like Facebook and Twitter to promote their goods and services. Whether it is a floral shop, tacos or pizza, these businesses are working on improving sales, sharing information or keeping up with friends. Tom Martin, owner of Taco Box in […]

Dora entrepreneurship program teaches students to start business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eight Dora High School students are in business. A youth entrepreneurship training program called Biz-Ed Ventures, which offers a grant to start a new business, offered a seminar on starting a business from the ground up in Dora recently. “You’re learning how to run your own business someday,” Ashley […]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

State orders dairy to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Annual Women’s Day Out gives women chance to connect

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With lessons including jewelry, marketing and belly dancing, the sixth annual Women’s Day Out is coming up this month. The event, organized by the Portales Women’s Club, raises money for the group’s community projects and offers a variety of workshops, vendors, a speech by motivational speaker Pam Atherton of […]

Developers encounter obstacles

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive another 1,300 personnel over the next five years, and it’s working on privatizing the homes it already owns. Add an expansion at the Southwest Cheese plant, and new jobs expected from the proposed Tres Amigas electricity project and complementary power plants. […]

Housing demands drive building plans

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search for a lot of the same amenities in a home that younger families do — storage space, a good neighborhood and proximity to public schools. But there are some dealbreakers for Richard, an Air Force retiree — like […]

Ag Expo comes to close

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual Ag Expo ended Wednesday with attendance slightly below last year, with icy road conditions the first day and a bleak economy. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King said more than 3,000 attended, including 2,655 ticket holders and 450 vendors. A year ago, the Expo […]

It’s their job: Business expands beyond TV repair

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Robert Encinias, 59, is the owner of Robert’s TV & Appliance, an electronics store. He is a Portales native and Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He started the business in 1962. What’s the typical day like for you? “Basically we meet the customers’ need, sell things all day long, order products, stay up with the […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 years of servicing Quay County, according to the manager. “The word came in at 9 a.m. that we were closing,” said Larry Birch, a manager and salesperson alone at the office Friday night waiting for drivers […]

Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]

Business feature: Businessman likens computers to patients

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Yurem Diaz, owner of DiAZY (pronounced De-Ya-zee) Computer Services and More in Portales, got interested in computers in high school in the late 1990s. “Everyone was excited,” Diaz said. “I always wanted to use a computer … it was the first time anyone had actually had them in school and stuff.” Diaz said when it […]

Freedom strikes deal for Arizona paper sale

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking approval of the sale of its Phoenix-area publications to 1013 Communications LLC, an affiliate of Thirteenth Street Media. In a statement, Freedom said company officials hope a hearing will be held in early March and that the transaction […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to eastern New Mexico, a local economic development official said Friday. Greatwide Logistics Inc. is beginning to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America, according to a news release from Roosevelt County Community […]

In full bloom

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Business is blooming for area florists even with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year. Shops in Clovis and Portales plan Sunday delivery while others see themselves being out of flowers by that time or done with all orders. Either way, sales have been high for flower shops in […]

Business feature: Musician offers local artists recording services

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PNT staff reports Jake Jones said the S.L. in S.L. Studios is short for “Smiling out Loud,” which was the idea of his wife, Josie. Jones has owned the home recording studio for several years. He has been a musician since he was 6 years old, and he always wanted to play, write and record […]