Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong [...]

Residents kick back, enjoy long weekend

Tony Parra Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend. Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish. The Department of Transportation [...]

Fuel costs don’t thwart holiday travels

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Mike Linn The rise in gas prices in the state and across the nation may be annoying local residents, but the soaring rates — the second highest recorded prices in New Mexico history — aren’t discouraging citizens from traveling out of town this Labor Day weekend. As of Thursday afternoon, the American Automobile Association reported [...]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for [...]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel [...]