Cooper joins Freedom as business manager

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Dairy Queen owners try to stay part of community

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent The owners of the Portales Dairy Queen, Tom and Susie Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series on local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or longer. Houtchens will celebrate Dairy Queen’s 20th anniversary in March. The family business was purchased in […]

Small business seminars offered

By Tony Parra Members of ACCION and West Corp. are targeting Portales small business owners and entrepreneurs in an effort to help them with their businesses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a Thursday workshop in the Portales City Hall. There is no charge for the workshop and it is designed to inform business […]

Police warn of magazine sellers

By Tony Parra Six people were arrested on charges of soliciting without a permit on Tuesday and appeared at the Roosevelt County Courthouse on Wednesday, according to Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry. Danielle Baker, 18; Gene Marion, 19; Bryan Fallin, 20; Sergio Silguero, 19; Douglas Gregg, 25 and Fernando Pomales, 21 were charged with […]

Welding business evolves to include family hobby

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Craig and Tina Hughes are the owners of Craig Hughes Trailer Sales Inc. located on the Cannon Air Force Base highway. They turned their hobby […]

Family comes first in decision to close pharmacy

By Kevin Wilson LaDawna Brooks loves being a pharmacist, and she loves helping people. She loves her family more, though, and that was a central reason for the recent closing of her business, Marty’s Pharmacy of Portales. Brooks and her employees started on Monday with the transfer of prescriptions to wherever their customers choose. The […]

Restaurant owner tries to serve communities

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Tom and Gail Martin, owners of the Taco Box in Portales and Clovis, have been in the restaurant business for over three decades. Gail […]

Floyds find sweet success with business

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodic series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. Local owners of Daylight Donuts, Thane and Sandy Floyd have invested 20 years of kneading, rolling, frying and frosting in order to provide a […]

Hispanic women make mark on New Mexico business

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By Helena Rodriguez It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the family business, […]

Hunton lives goal through insurance agency

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series on local business owners who have been with their business for at least five years. With an aim to be a responsible business owner, David Hunton of Hunton Insurance has built a relationship with people in his 25 years as […]

Truck crashes into car, business

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By Kevin Wilson A collision on Sunday involving a car and a milk truck left two teens hospitalized and damaged a local business. A Milk Transport Services truck was traveling south on East First Street about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and failed to negotiate the curve just before Abilene Avenue, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry […]

Pests become profit for local business owner

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series of profiles on local business owners who have been with their business for five years or more. For the past 14 years, the owners of Redlands Pest control and Tree Trimming, Ken and Teresa Carlson, have provided a service that […]

Large variety available in jewelry and clothing

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of three stories about what gifts Portales shoppers are buying this holiday season. Portales residents in search for gifts for their sisters, mothers, wives and girlfriends in search of the right gift for her for Christmas may be interested in what local stores […]

Trio of owners work to keep values

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been at their business for five years or more. Owners of the Portales Ace Hardware Store — John Gentry, Ray Gutierrez and Don Sena — have been united by a three-way partnership for […]

Disneys supply to fellow farmers, ranchers

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. With Slash-D-Three Livestock and Feed Supply, Dwayne and Sue Disney have owned what they call “the biggest little feed store in Eastern New Mexico” […]

Nov. 7 Broad Horizons News

Entrepreneurship is a class that Broad Horizons offers its students. These students are learning an array of skills that are related to running a business called “Stitch It.” They even have their own business that is operational and ready to serve the public. They have done everything from the norm like ball caps, shirts and […]

Hardin one of four finalist for Curry County position

By David Irvin Curry County has narrowed its list of candidates for county manager to four. Candidates being considered to succeed Geneva Cooper when she retires in December are: • Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin; • Capt. Chris L. Pacheco of the national guard; • Curry County special projects coordinator and purchasing officer Twila Rutter-Wooley; […]

Vigil family operates from afar

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: This story is part of a weekly series on Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for at least five years. For Mark Vigil and his family, owning Mark’s Restaurant and Catering has taught them the importance of lasting relationships that stand the test of time. For […]

Paiz continues family tradition with business

By Laurie Stone This story is part of a News-Tribune weekly feature on business owners who have been at their respective business for five years or more. The Paiz family has been feeding Portales for almost two decades at JJ’s Jumbo Burgers. Pete Paiz is continuing that tradition, as he has run the restaurant for […]

Business owner insists on doing things right the first time

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: The News-Tribune is doing this story as part of a weekly series on local business owners that have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Businessman Gary Lowman has been serving his community for the past five years by repairing and installing brakes, shocks, struts and mufflers […]