More horse owners considering rabies shots

By William P. Thompson PNT Staff Writer William_Thompson@link.freedom.com Following a documented case of rabies in a Lea County horse earlier this month, area veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. So far, officials from the New Mexico Department of Public Health say the horse in Lea County is the only known rabies […]

Dog owners teaching canines agility course

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, dog agility is an Army obstacle course for man’s best friend. A dog maneuvers the course while its owner leads and instructs. Dogs are […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]

Restaurants find license requirements strict

By Tony Parra Six months after Portales voters approved to have a beer and wine license option for restaurants, the city has yet to receive any applications. On Sept. 21, a beer and wine license option for restaurants passed by 36 votes — 374 for and 338 votes against. While the license is significantly less […]

Portales talks business with seminars

By Tony Parra Portales Small Business owners and entrepreneurs arrived at a workshop by ACCION representatives in Albuquerque in an effort to gain more knowledge about the small business world and how they can start one up or expand. The owners and entrepreneurs met with ACCION officials for three hours on Thursday. Linda Lee, Accion […]

Dairy Queen owners try to stay part of community

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent The owners of the Portales Dairy Queen, Tom and Susie Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series on local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or longer. Houtchens will celebrate Dairy Queen’s 20th anniversary in March. The family business was purchased in […]

Small business seminars offered

By Tony Parra Members of ACCION and West Corp. are targeting Portales small business owners and entrepreneurs in an effort to help them with their businesses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a Thursday workshop in the Portales City Hall. There is no charge for the workshop and it is designed to inform business […]

Pests become profit for local business owner

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series of profiles on local business owners who have been with their business for five years or more. For the past 14 years, the owners of Redlands Pest control and Tree Trimming, Ken and Teresa Carlson, have provided a service that […]

Trio of owners work to keep values

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been at their business for five years or more. Owners of the Portales Ace Hardware Store — John Gentry, Ray Gutierrez and Don Sena — have been united by a three-way partnership for […]

Officials close marina

By William Thompson LOGAN — The Ute Lake Marina, in service since 1980, was recently closed down by New Mexico State Parks officials due to safety concerns and contractual violations on the part of the marina’s owners, according to a parks department press release. Sid and Beverly Smith were the owners of the marina since […]