Jan. 24, 1980

A half gallon of high-protein milk sold for 99 cents, while 39 cents would buy a pot pie, and 25 cents would buy a 16-ounce cup of Coca-Cola at Allsup’s Convenience Store.

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

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 […]

Credit delays Freedom’s plans to buy out partners

By Jan Norman Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine, California-based owner of the Portales News-Tribune, will put off plans to buy out its private equity partners until spring or summer because borrowing costs are too high now, Chief Executive Scott Flanders said Thursday. “The credit markets will drive the timing,” Flanders said. “The company is committed […]

Some things best left unchanged

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I set the flash up like normal. I stood in the same spots. I said hi to the same Greyhound Arena staff. For all intents and purposes, this was a normal basketball game for me. Except it wasn’t. It was the Harlem Globetrotters. It was the third time I’d […]

Six degrees of separation bad for shopping

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kevin Bacon got me stirred up the other night about a problem I’ve known about for quite some time but still haven’t found an answer to — our society’s addiction to trying every flavor. Bacon, an actor who can be connected with any other actor through “six degrees of […]

Companies insult buyer’s intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away from […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Laptop sparks new interest in technology

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of […]

Greeting card shopping proves stressful

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Columnist I had to go to a friend’s wedding recently, and it made me evaluate things in my life — such as, do I have decent prospects for a wedding of my own someday, and do I have decent pants to wear for such an event? The answers are no, […]