Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at [...]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased [...]

Farmers’ market vendors hope more produce coming

Argen Duncan With the farmers market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” [...]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden show begins Saturday

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File photo At least half of the venders scheduled to be at the Clovis Home and Garden Show this weekend are new, according to organizers. Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, [...]

Tuesday morning briefing: School money, the home show and loyalty tests

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Vendors needed The annual Clovis Home and Garden Show is still seeking vendors. The show is April 9-10 at the Clovis Civic Center and was attended by an estimated 3,500 folks last year. Contact the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico for more [...]

Clovis Civic Center still losing money

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File photo The Clovis Civic Center draws events the city couldn’t have hosted before, but comes with an annual six-figure loss. Estimated losses for the past year are $284,000. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By all indications, vendors who come to the Clovis Civic Center have been satisfied. By other indications, there just haven’t [...]

Farmers markets offer fresh produce, conversation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Dunagan of Clovis, right, pays Margie Plummer of Portales and owner of Veggie Shack for some fresh onions, peas, and squash Tuesday at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. Dunagan said she likes to buy her produce fresh. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come [...]

AAFES recruiting vendors

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Clovis artist Ruben Armenta paints in his studio at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange. He is contracting with Army Air Force Exchange Services to offer his work on base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Army Air Force Exchange Service is on a constant quest to expand shopping opportunities [...]

Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot [...]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amanda Herrera totals up the Salinas family’s purchase of fireworks at a fireworks stand north of Clovis. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico 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 [...]