Freedom Communications implementing furloughs

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Faced with continuing industry weakness in advertising spending, Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced on Friday a company-wide furlough program. Hourly and salaried associates at all levels of the company will take five days off work, without pay, between April 1 and June 30. “We […]

Business Feature: Portales electrician branches out

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Chris Miller is a licensed electrician and a busy man meeting the needs of commercial enterprises and residents in Portales. Miller has been an electrician since 2003 and last October he started his own business, Electrictek LLC. Business is booming: His job keeps him very busy as an established […]

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned to the shop floor and four office workers —were let go, according to a company spokesman. The reduction brings the plant’s workforce to 39 employees. Cummins […]

Business feature: Restaurant reopening keeps it in family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer La Hacienda restaurant has reopened in Portales under new management, but is still in the Ornelas family. Nick Bara is the new owner. Bara said he made his mother-in-law Esther Ornelas an offer and she agreed to sell. La Hacienda closed in November after serving the Portales area for […]

Business feature: J.J. Jumbo Burger

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer J.J. Jumbo Burger is a staple in Portales. Pete Paiz has been running J.J. Jumbo Burgers for 15 years. He bought the restaurant from his father, Johnny Paiz, who owned the business for 20 years before he sold it. Back then it was called Jose’s. Altogether the business has […]

Business Feature: Clovis chiropractor expands business to Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Longtime Clovis Chiropractor Brice Crawford has opened up a branch office in Portales. The Portales location opened it doors two weeks ago. Crawford, practicing now for three years, got started seeing patients out of his home in Clovis. Why he started the business: He was being treated by a […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

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Family works together in landscaping business

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer With fountains and firewood, a Portales family is making a living together. Stan Dement operates Outdoor Designs, a landscaping and firewood sales business, with his wife, children and their spouses. A family project: Outdoor Designs started as a landscaping business a year ago and branched out into firewood in […]

Business feature: Store owner creates environment for expression

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Nicole Thompson said she opened her specialty imports store “Purple Myst” in Portales to provide residents with a slice of culture and the unique. Been there myself: Thompson said she always had to drive out of town to buy imported items.“My idea was that I was tired of having […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he […]

College business major purchases local fitness center

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Justin Johnson is starting a local business, while wrapping up his education. Johnson, originally from Raton, is the owner of Fitness and More, a gym on the downtown square in Portales. He opened up the newly renovated sweat box in early December. Several years […]

It’s Their Job: Hot Threads

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PNT Correspondent: Chris Romero Name: Debbie Christiansen Job: Owner of Hot Threads. Background: Debbie Christiansen is from Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and has managed Chevron employees at convenience stores, worked in retail and grocery stores, and managed a copy office for the last seven years where printers, computers, copy machines were serviced. A future goal

3/29 Obituaries

Joe Pena, 95 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Sumner. Joe Pena, 95, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Kaseman-Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque. He was born on June 1, 1909, in Sapello, to the home of Nestor and Guadalupita Montoya Pena. He married Clara Bustos in 1933 […]