Business digest — Aug. 16

Sunland receives certification Sunland Inc. has received a certification demonstrating exceptional quality control, food safety and food tracking methodology, according to a news release from the Portales peanut processing company. Silliker Global Certification Services issued the SQF 2000 Level 3 certification, the highest achievable, according to the release. Sunland Inc., with headquarters in Portales, was […]

Drought conditions blamed for cattle sell-off

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Broadview rancher Pat Woods in one of his pastures north of Clovis. He said he’s already sold half of his cattle and may have to sell the rest if rain doesn’t come because the cattle won’t have anything to eat. Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at […]

Field Day focuses on water

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Argen Duncan People need to know water for agriculture provides food and fiber, and Curry County is the top producer of raw agriculture products in the state, the new state secretary of agriculture said. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte gave the keynote speech during the annual field day at the New Mexico State […]

Seminar offering drought management information

Argen Duncan Farmers and ranchers dealing with drought have a chance to gain management information with a seminar scheduled for Monday. Admission is free, and no preregistration is required. The drought-management workshop is geared toward local agricultural producers. “There’s times you need a little more information to make a decision, and I’m hoping some of […]

Credit downgrade will mean higher expenses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Dean of Business Chris Taylor said a downgrade of the United States’ credit rating would result in credit being harder to get, causing a drop in the stock market, which would lead to inflation and hurt retirement savings. Taylor believes spending would alleviate the current recession. […]

Business digest — Aug. 9

Clovis business awarded top 50 status Elliott Marketing has been named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s top 50 women-owned businesses for 2011. The award recognizes the top earning women-owned businesses in New Mexico during 2010. Elliott Marketing was established in 2002 by Kathy Elliott. A native New Yorker, Elliott moved to Clovis in 1990 […]

Everybody’s business: Banker talks business loans

A great management tool for business owners is to have current and relevant information in order to make good business decisions. The decisions to expand, hire additional employees, or to introduce a new product or service requires planning and usually capital infusion. This holds true for starting a new business as well. An interview about […]

Business licenses — Aug. 9

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in July: • Cool StuffType: General Merchandise Owner: Meredith EngerLocation: 316 N. Main St. • New Orleans Snow Type: Concession StandOwner: Larry GulleyLocation: Farwell • Sunshine Plumbing Type: PlumbingOwner: Joseph Santangelo Jr.Location: 257 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque • Diamonds EvermoreType: JewelersOwner: Gail TarsonLocation: 1407 […]

Business digest — Aug. 2

Procurement advisor appointed Jonnie Loadwick has been appointed procurement advisor for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. Serving clients in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca, Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties, PTAP assists small businesses in discovering government procurement opportunities and provides a wide range of procurement counseling, training […]

Twin Cronnie Drive-In sold

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Amanda Rodarte, an employee at Twin Cronnie Drive-In, preps tater tots for the afternoon. The drive-in is now under operation of Walter Bradley’s family, following the purchase from Clint Harden. The restaurant was opened in 1952. Kevin Wilson Clint Harden learned about making food, making a dollar and the importance […]

AgSense: Conserving rainfall challenge of dry season

Many people who have spent more than half a century in the southern High Plains say that they have not seen a year like this before. This year is unique. Rainfall stopped after a wet summer in 2010 and less than three inches has been received in the last nine months. Distribution is also erratic. […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Former Clovis resident opening microbrewery, restaurant

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Justin Cole pours one of his homemade brews in the building on Main Street in Portales where his restaurant and microbrewery will open in March 2012. Cole said he has been home brewing for six years and has been planning his own business for the last two years. Freedom New […]

Parking limit signs installed on Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A recently installed two hour parking sign on Main Street has at least one business owner in an uproar. The signs were placed in numerous locations Tuesday along Main Street. Sharna Johnson Some downtown business owners were surprised to discover new 2-hour parking limit signs being installed along the seven […]

CEO hopes Wheatfields will be boon to community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted Living Facility become a boon to the community. Sharna Johnson Emerging from the tangles of bankruptcy with his nearly failed project resurrected, Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted […]

Business digest — July 26

Clovis couple wins $10,000 Shawn and Tina-Marie Schiller, members of High Plains Federal Credit Union in Clovis, were top winners in an 11-month Savings Challenge New Mexico contest, walking away with $10,000 after meeting three goals, according to a press release. The couple was coached by High Plains Federal Credit Union coach Tammy Lewis. The […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]

Area groups involved in effort to address bovine disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy cows eat at Alva Carter Jr.’s dairy near Muleshoe, Texas. Researchers around the country are working to find a way to lessen the impact of bovine respiratory disease, which affects dairy and beef operations. Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to […]

Some carriers dropping unlimited data plans

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CNJ photo illustration: Kevin Wilson Cell phone companies are moving towards a trend of tiered pricing for heavy data users. Kevin Wilson Data: It’s the new roaming. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, dropped its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers starting Thursday. New customers must now choose between limited data plans that […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tony Salinas cleans up after working with cows Saturday at Sloping Hills Dairy just inside Texas. Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. of Portales has said amendments to state dairy environmental regulations, while not perfect, have opened New Mexico back up to dairy business. Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, […]