BNSF helping raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

CNJ staff The BNSF Railway company’s Railway Special car will be in Clovis on Thursday and Friday as part of its 11 city tour, according to a news release. The BNSF Special will provide train rides to BNSF employees and their family members as a thank you for their service. The ride will also raise […]

June 7 — Business digest

Farm Credit of New Mexico names new manager Brett Valentine has been named the new branch manager for Clovis’ Farm Credit of New Mexico office. Wednesday was his first day in the position. Valentine, who has been with the company since 1997, was serving as assistant branch manager and as vice president, a title he […]

Soil health critical for sustainable farming

Soil health is the ability of the soil to produce safe and nutritious crops sustainably without degrading or affecting the environment negatively. An example of a negative effect of an unhealthy soil is water erosion, which removes the fertile surface soil from the farm and deposits it in places where it is unwanted, such as […]

Curry County Ranch Rodeo results

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Courtesy photo Women’s winning team. The Pacheco Ranch, from left, Romni Durrett, Poppy Richardson, Jodi Gates, and Shana McIntosh. Final results Sunday from the second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo: • Team — 1. Stierwalt/Broken H Ranch, Shidler, Okla., and Bronson, Kan. (Shane Stierwalt Lane Sierwalt, Doug Hall, Cliff Hall). 2. Wilson T4 Cattle Company, […]

Farmer: Cotton good planting option

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Chet Chenault, left, and Colin Chandler check the depth of cotton seeds planted by machine last week in Chandler’s field northwest of Portales. Chandler said cotton seeds must be planted about three-fourths of an inch deep. Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is […]

Equine virus presentation scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

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Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

Emergency grazing authorized

CNJ Staff reports

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

Drought won’t delay farmers’ markets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farm in Curry County, inspects carrots pulled Monday from inside his greenhouse. Wiley also grows kale, tomatoes and broccoli. Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in […]

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Bee Hive Homes announces new manager Bee Hive Homes of Clovis and Portales has announced Sarah Stricklin as its new manager at both facilities. Stricklin, a registered nurse and former caregiver at Bee Hive Home, has also worked in a Denver hospice and a neuroscience critical care unit in Casper, Wyo. She succeeds Pam Norberg, […]

Drought, fires may affect local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sand dunes in the area around State Road 467 and a “dust bowl” effect are becoming more common in Curry County as wildfires continue in the midst of drought conditions. Sharna Johnson In the midst of drought and wildfires, Eastern New Mexico looks more like a dust bowl everyday. But […]

Horse virus outbreak raising concerns

Sharna Johnson Eastern New Mexico horse owners are being advised to keep their animals home as concerns grow over an outbreak of a deadly horse virus. While there were no confirmed New Mexico cases of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 as of Wednesday, the state livestock board said there are two suspected cases in […]

Businesses get upswing in traffic during graduation season

Kevin Wilson Whenever “Pomp and Circumstance” is playing, there’s no doubt a proud parent or grandparent. Or a student relieved that everything’s over with. Or a speaker talking innocuously about the “next step.” Somewhere off in the distance, there’s also a cash register working, and a business working overtime. While graduation season isn’t the busiest […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

Business digest — May 10

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Courtesy photo Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute. CNJ staff Clovis broker earns designation Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute, one […]

Everybody’s Business: Planning important in restaurant field

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Why would anyone want to open a restaurant? Ask any person who owns, has owned, or has worked in a restaurant; most will tell you it’s not a good idea to start another one. Then why is one of the most popular new business ideas seen by Small Business Development Centers nationwide […]

Business digest — May 3

Stripes stores raise money for charity Stripes convenience stores raised $618,429 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its March 7-April 3 fundraising campaign, according to a release from the company. Stripes has locations in Clovis, Portales, Texico and Muleshoe. Stripes raised funds by asking customers to purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon icon or donate spare […]

AgSense: Soil micronutrient deficiencies can affect hay quality

Forages are a significant component of ruminant livestock rations, but crude protein, fiber, digestibility and mineral content affect animal performance often requiring supplementation that leads to increased feed costs. These nutritive value components are often affected by the availability of minerals from the soil. Mineral nutrients are categorized by how much is needed for plant […]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]