It’s Their Job: Greg Fisher

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Name: Greg FisherJob: Economic Developer for City of Portales.Background: Fisher has been in business and government for over two decades and has been a program director for the state of Arizona.Time on the job: 10 months. Q: Describe what your job entails.A: To keep small businesses growing and expanding. There is research, and time on […]

Ethanol suspect in economic crunch

By Pat Lyons, Guest Columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]

Wilson supports Air Force delay of procurement changes

Freedom New Mexico Albuquerque — Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said Friday a delay in Air Force plans to consolidate procurement operations is a good thing for small businesses in New Mexico. Wilson’s comments came during a public meeting she organized so the Air Force could brief New Mexico business leaders about its plans. The Air […]

Businesses to receive census forms

Freedom New Mexico Businesses throughout the country, including those in Curry and Roosevelt counties, will receive the 2007 Economic Census this week, the U.S. Bureau of the Census announced Friday. “Economic census forms that businesses receive in December will tell us how we are changing as a nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg Jr., the Census Bureau’s […]

Development being built near Wal-Mart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new retail development that could accommodate up to 10 retail and service businesses is under construction near the Wal-Mart store in Portales. The developer is hoping to have tenants in the building by early 2008. Tom McSpadden, a marketing representative with CMS Properties of Lubbock, said Wednesday the […]

Great American Race to motor through area

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes through town Monday. After spending the night in Clovis, the racers will arrive in Portales 6 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast on their way to their […]

Frivolous lawsuits cost everyone

Editorial Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, the wrangling […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Wage hike Richardson’s ‘crown jewel'; business owners disagree

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Congress should help small business have fewer fines

Editorial While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional paperwork mistakes […]

Yucca TeleCom turning on fiber optic network

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The surf is up in Portales — at least in some places. Scott Arnold, general manager of Yucca TeleCom, said Friday that the company’s new fiber-optic network was turned on two weeks ago in some locations around Portales. He said that as installation is completed, other areas around the city […]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

Portales man accused of embezzling

By Tony Parra A Portales man employed by an armored-car service is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from his employer, police said. Scott Kirby, 22, turned himself in on Monday and was arrested, according to court documents. Kirby was employed by Respond Inc., an ATM and armored-car service company that services businesses in Portales […]

Minimum wage puts state at economic disadvantage

By Walter Bradley Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average minimum wage […]

Senate floor leader proposes tax break to soften minimum wage increase

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A top Democratic leader in the Senate is proposing a tax credit to help small businesses cope with the costs of paying their workers a higher minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, introduced a measure Wednesday to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Investment firm seeking opportunities

PNT Correspondent: Eric Butler Got a thriving small business with a potential to grow? Maybe even by leaps and bounds? Then New Mexico Community Capital CEO Jarratt Applewhite is looking for you. For the third time since NMCC was formed in November, Applewhite was in the Clovis/Portales area looking for businesses to invest some of […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]