Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

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James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement. Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in […]

It’s their job: Area native turns hobby into career

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Donita Privett has worked as a professional photographer for 10 years, and bought Times Remembered Photography Studio nine years ago. Privett is from Portales and attended elementary and high school in Dora. She earned a degree in agriculture economics with a minor in journalism from New Mexico State University. Every quarter, Privett takes professional photography […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

Urioste keeps busy in deputy clerk post

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Veda Urioste City of Portales deputy clerk Urioste is from Portales and has a business certificate from Computer Careers Center, which was in Albuquerque. She has one biological daughter and four adopted children. Urioste has served as deputy clerk for almost five of her 14 years with the city. […]

It’s their job: College student learning about his selected field

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Justin Jones is kennel manager, veterinary technician and receptionist at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Jones was born in Dallas, but spent the vast majority of his life in Portales. He is majoring in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis at Eastern New Mexico University with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. How […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]

It’s their job: Office manager works her way up

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Deanna Banister is office manager at the Office Center Inc. She is originally from Clovis, but she has lived in Portales for 15 years. She is married and has two children. How long have you been at this job? I have been with the business almost 12 years. Why did you choose this job? My […]

Lee to accept Ruidoso position

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ruidoso Village Council has approved a contract to hire Portales City Manager Debi Lee, who said she will take the job. The Ruidoso Village Council unanimously approved the contract Tuesday, said Barbara Fleming, deputy village manager. According to the contract, she said, Lee’s salary is $95,000 a year […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

It’s their job: Teresa Tapia

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Name: Teresa Tapia is a receptionist for Big Valley Auto. She was born and raised in Portales, is married and has two daughters. How long have you had this job? In September I will have been here for two years. What exactly does your job entail? I answer the telephones, direct calls and take messages. […]

It’s their job: Brenda Levacy

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Name: Brenda Levacy Job: Sales associate at Sleep Solutions Background: I was born in Lubbock and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I married a gentleman from Portales and moved here 30 years ago. I have two children and two grandchildren. How long have you been with the company? I have worked for Ashley Furniture […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

It’s Their Job: Portales repair man is his own boss

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Name: Jonathan Nagal Job: Owner of Jump River Repair

It’s their job: Female barber a rarity

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Name: Yantie Love Job: Master barber at Herb’s Barbershop Background: I grew up in Texico and moved to the Floyd in 1997. Time on job: I have been in the field for 24 years. I have spent the last 13 years here at Herb’s. What does your job entail? I just cut hair. I don’t […]

It’s their job: Judit Barrera

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Name: Judit Barrera Job: Secretary at Ace Hardware. Background: I was born and raised in Portales. Time on job: Two years this May.

It’s Their Job: Longtime resident says helping others satisfying

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Name: Marty Gonzales Job: Sales associate at True Value Background: I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on job: I have been working here at True Value for five years. What does your job entail? I give construction-related advice. I also assist customers with their construction material and tool purchases. What is a […]

It’s Their Job: Margaret Seales

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Name: Margaret Seales Job: Florist for Butterfly Floral Background: I was raised in Whiteface and Muleshoe, Texas. I married my husband who was in the Army. We lived in Oklahoma, Germany, Kentucky and Texas. We finally settled here when my oldest daughter was in the seventh grade. We have been here ever since. Time on […]

It’s their job: Aleson Cage

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Name: Aleson Cage Job: Drivers’ supervisor for Portales Area Transit and Senior Citizens Transport-ation Background: I went to high school in Las Vegas, Nev. After graduation I moved to Texas. I lived there until December 2006, which is where I met my husband, Mark. I moved to Portales shortly after. I have been in the […]

Business Feature: Portales electrician branches out

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Chris Miller is a licensed electrician and a busy man meeting the needs of commercial enterprises and residents in Portales. Miller has been an electrician since 2003 and last October he started his own business, Electrictek LLC. Business is booming: His job keeps him very busy as an established […]