Business to offer variety of repair services, sell boats

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By Casey Peacock Jump River Repair will provide a variety of services when it officially opens next month. Housed at 100 S. Chicago, the business will offer equipment repairs, welding and fabrication, and sell boats, construction equipment and parts, according to owner Eddie Hiner. Hiner will be joined by son-in-law Jon Nagel, who is relocating […]

Working through the pain

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nearly every day, Joe Chandler stares down severe pain in almost every joint in his body to take a functionless block of wood and turn it into the essence of function as home and office furniture. The 53-year-old has worked with wood for nearly 30 years for the Portales-based […]

Barber bows out of business

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer An era came to an end as local longtime barber Wendell Kelly, of Sands Barber Shop, retired after 50 years of cutting hair. For 30 years, he and his wife lived and worked in California, before moving back to Portales. For awhile in California, he owned a 10-chair shop. […]

Classic truck source of pride

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It started out as a way to advertise a family business, but family and friends say the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup is Thom Moore’s pride and joy. Moore was surprised early this year as the truck was featured in “reader’s trucks” sections of two nationally circulated classic truck magazines. […]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

Home business goes world wide

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Shipping products to places such as Australia, Switzerland and Sweden has taken Webb Direct 2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store from a home-based business to an international company. “We are an international business but we can offer comparable prices for an area like this,” said owner Suzi Webb. Started […]

Fire destroys building in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fire destroyed a shop building on South Globe in Portales early Friday morning, sending thick clouds of black smoke rolling across the city. Total damage caused by the fire, including the shop and its contents and two RVs parked inside was estimated at $650,000, according to fire officials. Portales […]

Fixing it right

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By William P. Thompson Doug’s Garage in Portales has been operating since the early 1980’s without offering customers flashy deals or promises to attract the customer. The shop operates in a simple, straight-forward manner. The auto shop’s owner, Doug Frank, said most of the time he tells the customers, many of them regulars, to leave […]

Some of us are like TV characters

By Kevin Wilson My birthday is a little less than two months away. I’m just letting you know now, because I’ve never been an easy person to shop for. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to come along to my family Christmas vacations, which I’ll admit I haven’t always got to do on […]

Main Street programs hope for downtown revival

By Marlena Hartz The quaint, red bricks that pave Clovis’s Main Street are at odds with other parts of the downtown district. Available parking is sparse and obstructs traffic, with spots for vehicles laid at an angle. Minimal lighting, in the form of utilitarian lampposts, bathes tiny portions of the district at night, leaving blocks […]