It’s their job — June 22

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Portales City Pool lifeguard Daniela Gomez demonstrates duties in the baby pool. She is working a a lifeguard for the first time this summer and enjoys her co-workers and seeing the children. Gomez said the job isn’t as easy as it looks.

It’s their job: Ofelia Jasso

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Creighton’s Town and Country sales clerk Ofelia Jasso seals a bag of duck feed for a customer. Jasso, an Elida native, said she has worked at the store for about six years and loves the job because she can be helpful.

It’s their job: Holly Bartlett

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Holly Bartlett, a clerk at the Allsup’s Convenience Store on Avenue D, rings up a gas purchase. The Eastern New Mexico University alumnus has been working at the store for about two months while waiting to start graduate school. She said she likes seeing the many people who come in every day, especially the regular […]

Motherhood full-time profession

By Glenda Price: State columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.

It’s their job: Nede Jimenez

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First Community Bank Customer Service Representative Nede Jimenez opens and closes accounts and helps customers with their banking problems. She has worked at the bank for just more than a year and said her favorite part of the job is helping people and finding solutions.

It’s their job: Darren Hooker

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Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker works at his desk. He expects to start his second term next January, and he said he likes the ability to affect the law enforcement provided to the citizens of Roosevelt County.

It’s their job: Kimberly Terry

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Kimberly Terry serves as records supervisor at the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Center. She has been in the position for about a year, and worked in dispatch for about eight years before that.

Portales Junior High news — April 20

Spring band concert The junior high and high school bands will perform their spring concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Performing Arts Center on the high school campus. Job shadowing Eighth-grade students were able to experience being in the workforce Friday as they job shadowed at various places in our community. The students were […]

My turn: Glad I didn’t make that U-turn

When I first cruised into Portales from Dallas for a job interview on a brownish summer afternoon in 1982, I almost made a U-turn. Where were the co-eds on glistening slopes, feathered natives selling turquoise ties, quaint trains chugging through evergreen forests? It’s taken 27 years, but I’ve finally stopped thinking of The Gulch as […]

It’s their job: Gerardo Marquez

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C & S tire technician Gerardo Marquez, 26, checks out a tire at work.

It’s their job: Consuelo Garcia

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Dental assistant Consuelo Garcia, left, works at the office of Peter L. Thompson in Portales. She said she likes everything about her job. Patients become part of the family, and taking care of family and giving them great smiles is awesome, Garcia said.

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.

Protecting environment everyone’s job

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There on my Facebook page, larger than life, it appeared. “Become a Fan of: Stop the Wolf Killing Bill in Utah.” Though I don’t live in Utah, I find that, at least according to Facebook, I can weigh in on this conservation minded issue. So I did, and as a […]

My turn: No love for liberals

When David Stevens, my esteemed fellow Astros fan and Freedom New Mexico editor, asked me to write a weekly column, I was reticent. I did not want my personal views associated with my job. More importantly, having only moved to Portales from Dallas in 1982, I know Roosevelt County liberals are not interested in the […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

It’s their job: Business expands beyond TV repair

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Robert Encinias, 59, is the owner of Robert’s TV & Appliance, an electronics store. He is a Portales native and Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He started the business in 1962. What’s the typical day like for you? “Basically we meet the customers’ need, sell things all day long, order products, stay up with the […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

It’s their job: School advisor faces new challenges

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Name: Tracy Henderson Job: International Advisor at Eastern New Mexico University Background: Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree at ENMU and majored in public relations. After that, she continued on to get her master’s degree from ENMU. When she finished her studies, she went to Texas. She came back to Portales about three years ago and […]