It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Fire leaves about 1,300 without electricity

A fire on a power line caused 1,355 Xcel Energy customers in Portales to lose electricity Friday night. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said it appeared a lightning arrester failed in the 100 block of South Avenue E, causing the current to run onto the utility pole and start a fire. The fire burned the line […]

No rolling outages for Xcel customers

Xcel customers will not be included in rotating power outages throughout the “Texas Grid,” according to a press release. Power users connected to the Texas Grid, or Electric Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to experience rotating outages due to lack of electricity generation, a press release from Xcel Energy said. However, Xcel customers are […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

It's their business: Chillers

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Chillers employee Tesha Middleton, left, and store owner Lisa Thalleen make a smoothie for a customer. The store has been open since 2009. Chillers Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; Open daily in the summer. Location: 4024 N. Prince […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. At 5 a.m. when the electronics department at both the Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores opened, shoppers were […]

Xcel again asks customers to conserve

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Xcel asks for customers’ conservation help

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request […]

Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Portales Past: April 10, 1960

April 10, 1960: Hestand Floral, at 813 W. Second, encouraged customers to order “baskets full of Easter flowers to make your Easter bright and gay.”

Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

Businesses, customers object to North Prince Street median

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — At the peak of evening rush hour Tuesday, vehicles slowed to a crawl alongside the new and brightly painted yellow concrete barrier in the middle of North Prince Street with drivers staring at entrances across the road, trying to figure out how to get to them. One […]

Portales Past: March 19, 1945

March 19, 1945: Portales Refrigeration and Electric Co., located at 208 NW Colorado St., reminded its customers in a newspaper ad: “The warm season of the year is almost here. That is when spoilage of foods can become very serious and expensive.”

More customers turning to myPay

Air Force Retiree News Service INDIANAPOLIS — When the Defense Finance and Accounting Service first launched the myPay Web-based pay account system in 2000, less than 500,000 military members, military retirees, annuitants and federal civilian employees were listed as online users. Today that number includes 3.7 million users with access to pay account information, tax […]

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.

Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Oct. 8, 1978

In the Portales News-Tribune, Poppa Pat’s Steakhouse advertised their dinner steak for $3.45. This price included homemade soup and salad, a baked potato or wide fries, and a loaf of sourdough bread. Customers could also top off their meal with homemade ice cream and cookies.

Retailers report steady sales

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico It looks like customers from across the region are taking advantage of New Mexico’s tax-free holiday, keeping local retailers busy Saturday. Stores in Clovis and Portales reported brisk business. Bealls Department Store in Portales saw a steady stream of shoppers. Portales resident Karla Lee bought shoes and school supplies […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]