Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Holiday not too taxing

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last names of the children in this story by request from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Juggling an armful of clothing, a cell phone and four shopping lists, Sandi St. Clair took a break from her back-to-school […]

Clovis bank robbed

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base explosives experts determined the “box-type device” was not explosive, officials said. Members of the Cannon Explosives Ordnance Disposal team spent more than an hour […]

Local retailers: Shop Portales during holidays

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Service and quality are high on the list of reasons to Christmas shop in Portales this year, according to local retailers. “Nine out of ten times, when you shop locally, you’re looking at the owner,” Danny Woodward of Woody’s Jewelry in Portales said. Woodward said in his case, especially, service […]

Holiday shoping begins

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a limited number of laptops on sale during the first official day of the holiday shopping season. “They only […]

Identity theft a concern during shopping season

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent On the day that Scott Davis went to buy a car at a dealership in the city he lived in at the time, he thought about the car he’d be getting. Instead, he was presented with an unexpected credit check failure. “When they ran my credit report at the dealership, […]

Local consumers eye electronics

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories on what items have been selling well at Portales businesses for the holiday season. Upcoming stories will focus on jewelry and women’s clothing and toys. Business owners in Portales are enjoying the holiday shopping season and hope to continue to see customers looking […]

Local stores see high sales during busy weekend

Tony Parra and Darrell Todd Maurina The Christmas shopping rush began bright and early for Portales shoppers and retail stores enjoyed a successful first day of Christmas shopping after Friday’s registers closed. At Wal-Mart $29 DVD players and $180 automobile DVD players sold out within the first half-hour of the start of its sale. “We […]

Area businesses get stocked for the holidays

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The days following Thanksgiving are traditionally known for holiday shopping — and area retailers are expecting no different this year. Store owners and retail managers are gearing up for the holiday rush by slashing prices on certain merchandise and having additional personnel on hand to handle the extra flow of customers. […]