Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Jan. 20, 1953

According to the Portales Tribune, three pieces of property were sold by County Treasurer Laura Denton Monday for non- payment of taxes. The total of three sales was $1212 and former owners have two years in which to redeem the property.

FFA students start fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico Area agriculture programs and Future Farmers of America chapters are beginning their fundraising with fruit and meat sales. Clovis FFA advisor Mark Runyan said the sales start this week and go through Nov. 18. Programs in Melrose, Grady, Texico, Clovis and Portales will be selling the products. All area FFA programs collect […]

Agriculture land sales down

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when the market starts coming back, sales are so […]

Rural land sales lagging

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered that […]

Fireworks sales up in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The recession may have hit many people in their wallets, but they are still going to go out with a bang for the fourth. TNT Fireworks conducted a survey around New Year’s by opening a stand to see how the community reacted. Sales were good. Kelly Fulfer, who operates […]

Official: Local peanut sales up

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County peanut growers and manufacturers appear poised to cash in on the nationwide salmonella scare. Sunland Peanuts has seen an increase in sales and customer base coast-to-coast, said Jim Shearer, CEO and president of Sunland Inc. “The recent peanut scare has not affected Sunland or local growers,” Shearer […]

Business owners look to boost sales on Valentine’s Day

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writers After enduring months of area residents cutting back on the extras, Dakota’s Steakhouse owner Jim Clark is expecting couples to use Valentine’s Day as a reason to go out and celebrate. He’s not alone. Clark said Valentine’s Day was the busiest day of the year for […]

New ad director refocuses efforts

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Ian Cooke, new advertising director for Freedom New Mexico, wants to provide local businesses consistent advertising packages to help them achieve their marketing goals. Freedom New Mexico includes the Clovis News Journal, Portales-News Tribune and Quay County Sun newspapers and Web sites. Cooke moved to Clovis in March from […]

SUV, pickup sales feel affects of gas crunch

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The rise in the price of oil and gas has had mixed effects on the sales of full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles, according to Clovis and Portales dealerships. “With the rise in gas prices we’ve seen an increased interest in fuel efficient cars and pickups with smaller engines,” […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had to order more fireworks,” said Karlee Johnson of TNT Fireworks in Clovis. Johnson said that her family has operated the stand for […]

Scooter sales up with gas price

By Keely McDowell, Freedom New Mexico Local retailers say interest in scooters has risen in response to escalating gas prices. Ronnie Jones, general manager of High Desert Honda, said almost every customer who has come to purchase a scooter over the past eight months is not concerned with the price of the scooter, but inquires […]

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 […]

It’s their job: Michelle Miller

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Name: Michelle Miller Job: Part-time fiber optic sales representative at Yucca Telecom Time on job: Two years Background: Miller has lived in Portales her whole life and currently attends Eastern New Mexico University. She’s worked at a snow cone stand and also at The Buckle in the mall in Clovis in the past. Job description: […]

Stores tickled black

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

Alltech coming to area

Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis. The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility. “It’s the center of the dairy industry for the […]

Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents filed into stores Friday and Saturday to take advantage of the state’s third annual tax-free holiday. The weekend provides a chance for New Mexicans to buy school supplies for less than $15, clothing (including shoes, but excluding specialty items such as football pads) less than $100, […]

Portales police searching for robbery suspect

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Freedom Newspapers The Portales Police Department released this composite sketch of a suspect in Thursday’s armed robbery of Quality Sales store in Portales. The description is a Hispanic female, late 30s, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall with a heavy build. She was wearing an oversize loose-fitting T-shirt and blue pants. Her hair was black […]

Gross receipts delight city officials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If the measure is gross receipts tax collection — business has been good in Portales for the last six months. Collections have outperformed the amount budgeted by the city of Portales by 23 percent or $244,058. That was a rosy enough figure to prompt city staff to ask for […]