HDTVs go mainstream

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports writer High-definition, flat-panel televisions are in demand in Clovis and Portales, even though the availability of high-definition programming is limited to satellite providers. HDTV offers higher resolution and better clarity than traditional formats, a difference Butch Dunn, owner of Towne Crier Home & Car Stereos in Clovis, said his customers […]

Military looks to change laws regarding payday loans

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Concerns over payday loans have military leaders looking for legal changes in the lending system. Charles Brown, a former airman at Cannon Air Force Base, said he found himself in financial trouble when using payday loans became a vicious cycle in his life. Brown entered the military with bills, and […]

Not all rest on Labor Day

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Labor Day is just how it sounds to many people in Roosevelt County. The first Monday in September has long been designated as Labor Day, a creation of the labor movement giving workers an extra day off during the year, but many people work whether they choose to or […]

Fire marshall calls halt to Clovis gas war

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshall Allan Silvers had seen enough. Silvers said with about 200 vehicles lined up to buy cheap gas, blocking the stores and a local fire station, he put […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

Plenty of gadgets for car owners in eastern New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite systems, DVD […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

Fixing it right

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By William P. Thompson Doug’s Garage in Portales has been operating since the early 1980’s without offering customers flashy deals or promises to attract the customer. The shop operates in a simple, straight-forward manner. The auto shop’s owner, Doug Frank, said most of the time he tells the customers, many of them regulars, to leave […]

Bank’s transition to new name, ownership expected to be smooth

By Tony Parra Access Bank is now officially the First Community Bank and banking officials said customers will notice the transition, but they’re confident that customers will only experience minor inconveniences. Linda Wedeen, senior vice president of First Community Bank, said the Access Banks in Portales and Clovis officially became First Community Banks in January. […]

Businesses are ‘primo’ family affair

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Victor and Rosario Garcia had dreams of a better life and they came to the United States from Mexico 18 years ago in pursuit of them. Through an unexpected combination of businesses, they’ve accomplished some of those dreams. Rosario Garcia is the co-owner of La Paz Authentic Mexican Food […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elida wind farm to be operating by 2005

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Two goals of the new wind energy farm in Elida are less dependence on fossil fuels and less expensive energy costs for customers. So says Bill Crenshaw, Xcel Energy corporate communications manager. Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla, Calif., will be developing a 120-megawatt wind farm […]

Ag Expo ends on a sunny note

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PNT Staff Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a cool, cloudless […]

Restaurant offers free Chrsitmas lunch

Tony Parra Through the guidance of the Lord the Garcias say they have decided to open the doors to their El Rancho Restaurant to welcome families on Christmas Day for a free lunch. “It’s been placed in my heart,” Joe Garcia, co-manager of the El Rancho Restaurant, said about hosting the dinner. “I’ve been contemplating […]