Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in Portales and Roosevelt County. A petition drive started by local restaurants and aimed at legalizing Sunday sales of alcohol in Portales may not hold the promise of rough and tumble politics of the past. […]

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Taco Box celebrates inclusion in green chile cheeseburger trail

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Governor signs law allowing guns in some liquor-serving restaurants

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July. However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into […]

Pork doesn’t deserve our prejudice

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When the Asian flu hit the country in 2003, were people warned to stay away from Chinese restaurants and Japanese cars? When the West Nile virus was diagnosed in humans did the Health Department tell us to avoid going to Egypt? Does riding Tennessee walkers give you a charley horse? […]

Review shows area government officials’ spending

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has spent more than $1,700 dining at local restaurants, while Portales City Manager Debi Lee’s travels make up the bulk of $6,178 in expenses she racked up in the past 11 months. A Freedom New Mexico review of six area government leaders showed their […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Area restaurants are gearing up for a busy Super Bowl Sunday, especially in Clovis where they will be allowed to serve alcohol. Applebee’s Bar and Grill bar manager Shellie Devou said customers have been asking if the restaurant’s big screen TV will be tuned to the Super Bowl. “We’re […]

Restaurants pulling tomatoes off menu

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico residents aren’t seeing red. Since food establishments pulled tomatoes due to Salmonella risks on Friday, local restaurants are noticing a visual impact on food, but not much else. “Nobody’s really said anything about it,” said Misty Baca, a store manager at Clovis’ Mabry Street Dairy Queen. “We […]

Clovis approves Sunday alcohol sales

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis voters have approved Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants. Those sales would be limited to liquor by the glass — which opponents contended would increase alcohol-related incidents and send the message that it’s acceptable to drink and drive. More than 55 percent of the 5,264 votes cast Tuesday […]

Alcohol choice heading to Clovis ballot

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters […]

Community reels in excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It would have been a great enough experience for Juan Garza just to play a bit role in “Believe in Me.” However, when the Clovis and Portales restaurant owner sees himself in a bit part in the movie about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team, he’ll think of the time […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

New eatery coming to Clovis

By David Irvin In the last year, Clovis has seen several national chains enter the restaurant market as well as numerous smaller chains and independent firms. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, which will open Monday, according to company officials, is the latest to join a growing group. The casual-themed restaurant features many culinary options, as […]

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 […]

Fast-food chain leaves Portales, Clovis

By Tony Parra Portales residents will have to make an extended trip if they want it their way after Burger King restaurants in Portales and Clovis closed their doors on Wednesday. White paper signs with “Closed” written in black marker were posted on the windows and on the drive thru menu. Corporate representatives hope that […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Voters to choose fate on beer, wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents will weigh in on whether beer and wine will be flowing through many restaurants in Portales in the near future when they go to the polls on Sept. 21. If the vote is passed, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department can begin to […]

Obesity threatens nation

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Mike Linn Lack of exercise and too much fast food has helped Americans exchange clipboard tummies for Buddha bellies in increasing numbers over the past two decades. The climb has been so daunting that one expert believes at least 85 percent of the population will be obese by the year 2040. The data reveals that […]