North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks […]

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 […]

Business feature: Owner takes on challenge of new business

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Freedom New Mexico Dewayne “Buster” Tucker is the new owner of Shorty’s Dry Cleaning. He purchased it three months ago from former owner Dewayne Vardeman. “It is kind of exciting and new,” Tucker said about going into the dry cleaning business. “I took it on as a challenge to learn something new. I like serving […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

Business feature: Cindi’s Treasures has ‘homey feel’

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PNT staff Except for a brief stint in Albuquerque as a hair model, Cindi Onstott, owner of Cindi’s Treasures, has lived in Portales for most of her life. Onstott’s business background is varied. She’s worked in or owned automatic car washes, a detail shop, a furniture store and a dry cleaner in the last 20 […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by […]

Council to vote on restaurant grant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales City Council is set to vote on whether to provide $50,000 in economic development assistance to Vines Italian Restaurant. The vote is part of the agenda for the council meeting at 7 p.m. today in City Hall. Vines owner Mark Vigil said he applied for the money […]

Day trip: Windmill collection on display

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Cannon Connections Photo: Carrie Pendleton The Dalley Windmill Collection in Portales is home to more than 80 windmills. Visitors can check out the collection during daylight hours at no charge. Place: Dalley Windmill Collection Location: The collection is located on the personal property of owner Bill Dalley. The address is 1506 S. Kilgore Ave. in […]

Business Feature: Portales woman cares for graves

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Debbie Vinson is the owner of Graves Remembered, which she calls a service more than a business. Vinson’s story begins with the death of her father, who wanted his remains to be buried with his grandfather in Douglas, Ariz. When Vinson went to visit his grave, she was devastated to see that her dad’s grave […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]

Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel. The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the […]

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

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Name: Jonathan Nagal Job: Owner of Jump River Repair

Business feature: Pharmacist continues business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tawnia Gaylor is the owner of CJ’s Pill Box for little over a year since she bought the business from Richard and Vivian Haverland. Gaylor worked for the Haverlands back when she was going to high school. Later, she went to college at University of New Mexico to be […]

Motocross takes off in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dixon motocross track has been gaining momentum in popularity, drawing racers and spectators from across New Mexico and west Texas. On one recent weekend, the track had more than 342 entries and 200 riders participating in the races. Owner Dustin Dixon said it was the most entries they have […]

La Hacienda open again

La Hacienda Mexican food restaurant reopened Monday after being closed since late last year. New owner Nick Bara said he kept the same menu but changed prices. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

It’s their job: Margie Koger

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PNT Staff Name: Margie Koger Job: Owner of Easel

It’s their job: Ashley Kendrick

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Name: Ashley Kendrick Job: Owner of Coffee Depot Background: Ashley was raised and attended school in the Portales area. She began working at the shop when her mother opened it three years ago. Time as owner: One year What does your job entail? All the usual tasks that go along with making gourmet coffee. What […]

It’s their job: Victor Baca

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Name: Victor Baca Job: Owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy Background: Baca is from Portales but attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Time on job: 26 years What does your job entail? I do everything from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling patients on which medications to take — both for over-the-counter […]

Nov. 17, 1947

Owner Paul E. Kiker opened the Cycle Shop at 323 1/2 E. State Street.