Business licenses — July 12

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in the month of June: • Southwestern ConceptsType: Building Contractor Owner: Gary DosherLocation: 2100 Black Hills Rd. • Kiss My Grass Type: Lawn CareOwner: B. Cloward and B. JohnsonLocation: 720 W. 17th St. • Rio Fashion, Inc. Type: ShoesOwner: Kim PoLocation: Napa Auto Parts […]

Everybody’s Business: Managing bottom line balancing act

Managing the bottom line of a company is a constant balancing act. You either increase revenue or decrease cost. There are many avenues that impact these elements and one is to expand the market. Expanding a company’s market includes offering a new product line, offering different variations to the product, or a geographic expansion. A […]

Business digest — July 12

New operations manager at Western Dairy Transport Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. […]

Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Business digest — July 4

Wheatfields holding preopening celebration Wheatfields Senior Living Community is holding a preopening celebration 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24. The event will include tours of the senior living community, music from the Johnny Mulhair band, food and door prizes. Information: Charles Irwin, 762-8700. Business Digest is compiled by Kevin Wilson. He can be contacted at 763-3431, […]

AgSense: Good crops still possible with little rain

By Mark Marsalis Farmers in eastern New Mexico have received little or no precipitation since fall of 2010. In addition, irrigation quantity and seasonal availability are becoming severely limited in the region with each passing year. Consequently, local dryland farmers are facing a no-plant situation for grain crops and irrigated farmers are not sure if […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune A pivot sprinkler waters Colin Chandler’s corn field Saturday morning on N.M. 236. Even though he hasn’t turned the sprinklers off since February, Chandler said, the irrigation can’t keep up with the drought. Half an inch of water evaporates from the soil a day, and the sprinkler takes six days to […]

Disaster loans available for small, non-farm businesses

CNJ staff Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The […]

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Business digest — June 28

Clovis businessman completes leadership program Randy Kamradt, vice president of Davtek in Clovis, is among 39 statewide leaders who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. Graduates attended six educational sessions for the 2010-2011 program. Leadership New Mexico is a tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout New […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Tres Amigas official hopes to break ground in fall

Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas is pushing paperwork at the moment. The company is hoping to push materials by August, and push power across the nation two to three years later. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry figures it will be mid-2012 before any significant economic impact comes from the project, which will connect […]

Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

CNJ staff United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in […]

Clovis homes retain value in midst of struggling market

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Homes have retained their value in Clovis and new home construction continues despite dropping values around the nation, according to local lenders and officials. Sharna Johnson While the rest of the nation continues to struggle with home values at record lows, homes in Clovis appear to be retaining their value. […]

City Limits closes bar

CNJ staff Effective Tuesday, Clovis City Limits is shutting down its bar. The package store will remain open, said Sandra Starritt, a manager at the package store. Starritt said, “maybe later on down the road,” the bar could open again. She deferred questions about the bar closure to owner Robert Green. Attempts to contact Green […]

Everybody’s business: Managing people is an art

Running a business and managing employees can appear as two separate and non-relational skills. However, management is an integral role of owning a business. Some people do not like supervising; others have the knack and thoroughly enjoy it. Similar to other skills, managing people can be learned. Most small businesses start out with the founder […]

Business digest — June 14

Bank vice president appointed to nonprofit A Clovis bank vice president is among four appointments to New Mexico Partnership, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez’ office. Lisa Dunagan of Clovis is the vice president of First Community Bank, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank. She also served as senior vice president of Wells Fargo […]

Wheatfields managers say facility should open by end of year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A banner at the Wheatfields assisted living and memory care community Monday advertises that it will be opening soon. Wheatfields is scheduled to open sometime this summer. Sharna Johnson After almost three years tangled up in bankruptcy and foreclosure, managers of the once-deserted Wheatfields Senior Living Community expect the facility […]

Area farmers, ranchers say federal aid little help in drought

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County farmer Gene Massey harvests some of his wheat crop Friday in Rogers, southeast of Portales. He said the yield is down from 20 bushels an acre last year to 5-12 bushels an acre this year. Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and […]