City, water co-op seek voluntary conservation

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales and Roosevelt County Water Cooperative are asking customers to voluntarily conserve water through an odd-even watering schedule. City officials say customers seem to be using more water because of the hot, dry windy weather, trying to keep their yards green. “When everybody decides to water […]

2-19-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist and owner Butterfly Floral Time on job: 26 years Background: Past farmer also a former president of the New Mexico Florist Association. She has done numerous design shows for other florists from 1985 to 2005. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. She takes care of a range of business […]

1-25-08 It’s Their Job

Name: Rusty Radloff Job: Automotive Sales Representative, Big Valley Time on the job: One year Background: I was a jet mechanic in the military for four years. The Air Force that gave me the stepping-stone I needed. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins with helping customers find a vehicle of their choice, […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

It’s their job: Gloria Holguin

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Gloria Holguin Job: Server/manager at El Rancho Restaurant Time on the job: 11 1/2 years Background: Before El Rancho opened in 1989, Holguin worked as a caretaker for an elderly lady for about 10 years. She has also been in the restaurant business since the 1970’s. Q. What […]

It’s their job: Karen Roach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Karen Roach Job: Owner, All About Kids, a resale store Time on the Job: Two years. Background: Roach is a mom to six children including one foster child, ranging in age from five months to 15 years. Before opening her store, she was the office manager for Eastern […]

October 9, 1958

• Robert Dunn, head of the local New Mexico State Employment office, announced that peanut shockers were in demand for the local area. • An advertisement for Piggly Wiggly announced that customers would receive a free five-pound bag of Pure Cane Sugar with each $10 or more purchase. • “The Fly” was the featured film showing […]

It’s Their Job: Amie Franz

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Name: Amie Franz Job: Administrative assistant/receptionist for the City of Portales Time on the job: April 2007 to present Background: Before moving to her current position, Franz worked as the administrative assistant for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “Answering the phone, directing people to the appropriate departments, […]

Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D. Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell […]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it […]