Shoppers eyeing toys for holiday season

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the second of three stories about what Portales shoppers are buying this holiday season. The third story will focus on jewelry and women’s clothing. Roosevelt County residents will be out in full-force trying to pick out the perfect present for their children for Christmas and many stores are […]

Housing developer targets Portales

Mike Linn On the day Portales received approval from the state as a community prepared for economic development, city officials confirmed that recognition by selling land to an Albuquerque developer who plans on constructing a housing complex near the southwest corner of town. During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Portales City Council sold over […]

Suggestion selling is a national conspiracy

Helena Rodriguez “Do you want pantyhose with that?” I’m not joking. That’s what a salesperson asked me at a clothing store where I purchased an outfit recently. That store clerk set off just about every nerve in my body. No one knows better than my daughter, Laura, that my biggest pet peeve is suggestion selling. […]

Toy stores know what’s on kids’ wish lists

Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really popular […]

Best-selling author, New Mexico native, speaks at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez Her mother used to tease her for not using drugs. She once lived near a cesspool of violence and crime. And her cousins are in prison for murder. But somehow Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez said she was able to escape her family’s crime-riddled lifestyle and accomplish her dreams of becoming a best-selling writer. “I shouldn’t […]