Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most [...]

Late harvest still possible

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the middle of the growing season here, plants need plenty of water, and there’s still time to plant vegetables for a late harvest, according to local garden experts. “At this juncture, the thing to stay on top of is the water,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County extension agent. [...]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power [...]

Editorial: Mexican drug cartels strong, growing force

This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific scene of pagan [...]

Military growing option for high school graduates

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The future is theirs but the clock is ticking. Just like high school students around the country, Roosevelt and Curry County high school seniors approaching graduation are looking at a variety of options — among those choices a career in the military. “It’s that time of year where folks [...]

Business feature: Carpet cleaning, pest control combined into one business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After five years in business, All American Carpet and Pest Control is looking to extend services to the growing city of Portales. Local resident Ryan Hightower is the owner of the carpet and pest control business. “The carpet cleaning business was a company that I bought,” Hightower said. “Then [...]

Embracing our nation’s diversity good for society

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department [...]

Chili crop checked by available labor

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis [...]

Pioneers honor their heritage

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By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico Area women shared part of a vanishing legacy through their stories about growing up in a less privileged time Friday at the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast in Clovis. “We worked from daylight to sunset and had to stay out of school for weeks at a time,” Lorraine Horton, 85, said. [...]

Bike shop sees growing interest in two-wheel transportation

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More people are showing an interest in bicycles as a primary form of transportation with gas approaching $4 a gallon, according to the owner of the local bike shop. Roger Rehder, owner of Bicycles Sales and Service, said the bicycle business is seasonal, usually running from March through September. [...]