Business digest – Aug. 7

Xcel Energy seeks more renewables in New Mexico Xcel Energy's Southwestern Public Service Company is seeking proposals for renewable resources other than wind or solar as part of its plan to diversify its renewable energy portfolio. According to a release from the company, SPS is seeking approximately 88,705 megawatt hours annually of "other" renewable energy […]

Everybody’s business: Mid-year good time to review finances

Now that the year is more than half over, it's the perfect time to review the finances and tax health of any small business. Plans and budgets should be compared with actual figures as of June 30 to allow for any corrections or adjustments. If there are no plans or budgets, here's a question: Is […]

Farmer: More rain, less heat needed

Farmers in Curry and Roosevelt Counties say a recent increase in rain has helped produce better crops this year, but more rain and less heat are needed for crops to flourish. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Tye Vineyard, left, Anthony Owusu-Appiah, center, and Courtney Vineyard hoe weeds from pink-eyed pea crops Saturday at Keystone Ranch […]

Shoppers fill carts on tax-free weekend

Shoppers around New Mexico were filling up their carts, and filling up a few school buses, while trying to not completely empty their wallets this weekend. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Britany Valdez, left, and son Nate Carney, both of Hereford, check out athletic shorts Saturday at JCPenney at the North Plains Mall in Clovis. […]

Field day focuses on sorghum, safflower

New Mexico agriculture lives on despite the prominence of drought, according to New Mexico State University agricultural scientists. More than 70 agricultural minds gathered onto two trailers Saturday morning for a tour of the crops at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. "My dad said he'd rather be dried out than mudded out," area […]

Business licenses – Aug. 3

The following business licenses were obtained from the City of Clovis for the month of July: West Grand RV Park Type: Mobile home/RV park Owner: Rothwell and Chapman Location: 2309 W. Grand Ave. The Dugout Type: Mobile food Owner: Jesse Gonzales Location: 125 Yale St. Bizzee Beez Roofing and Construction Type: General contractor Owner: Javier […]

Base partnership perspective presented

A new base-partnership perspective was presented to members of the Local Growth Management Committee Monday at its monthly meeting in Clovis. Monterey, Calif., city manager Fred Meurer told members about his community's partnership between the Presidio of Monterey (Army base), which is a "shared services concept." "It's looking at both sides of the fence where […]

Business digest – July 31

Shipping, logo businesses moves With demolition of its previous location pending, Pack and Mail and Sir Logo have relocated elsewhere in Clovis. Pack and Mail, which has been in business since 1988, operates at 3918 N. Prince St. The business ships all varieties of packages, giving customers the option of multiple shipping services depending on […]

Business digest – July 24

Agency owner designated for award A Clovis insurance agency owner was designated last week for a company award. Nick Wiegel received Allstate's Premier Service Agency designation, an honor bestowed on less than one-third of Allstate's total agency force, according to a release from the company. The designation, according to the release, is given to Allstate […]

Texas mayor: Wind energy good for region

Wind energy has been good to Nolan County, according to Sweetwater, Texas, Mayor Greg Wortham. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Greg Wortham, right, executive director for Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse and mayor of Sweetwater, Texas, gives the keynote address during Wednesday's Pure Energy Expo at Clovis Civic Center. Wortham said since the arrival of wind […]

Tres Amigas officials optimistic on Clovis’ future in energy

Years down the road, Tres Amigas is optimistic it will make Clovis the center for cross-country energy transmission and a heap of other benefits. Leading off the Pure Energy Expo on Wednesday afternoon, Tres Amigas Chief Financial Officer Russ Stidolph spoke of the hub that would connect the country's three largest power grids. "It's going […]

Business feature: Transmission lines major topic at energy forum

Local officials agree the plains of eastern New Mexico have plenty of untapped potential for wind and solar energy. But the key, Gene Hendrick said, is just how all that potential power will get to the rest of the country. That's a big part of this week's Pure Energy Forum and Expo Wednesday and Thursday […]

Tres Amigas officials estimate ‘early fall’ for groundbreaking

After tentative plans for a July groundbreaking throughout 2012, Tres Amigas is still not ready to flip the switch. The company, which plans to build a power substation connecting the country's three largest power grids, is still in the paperwork process —primarily lining up industrial revenue bonds with Curry County — as Monday marks the […]

K-Bob’s Steakhouse to reopen

The company that owns the K-Bob's Steakhouse chain plans to reopen its Clovis restaurant in the fall, according to company officials K-Bob's, which was located on Mabry Drive for 43 years, has been closed since November 2009 when a fire gutted the building. Tinsley Hospitality Group owner Ed Tinsley said he is putting a land […]

Xcel gets go-ahead for transmission upgrades

Xcel Energy has received the go-ahead from the Public Regulation Commission for $60 million in transmission upgrades for the Clovis area, designed to improve reliability and prepare the region for potential growth. "Really, this is part of a larger plan, a 10-year plan that started four years ago," Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said, noting future […]

Everybody’s business: Business budget key to success

A business budget is one of those subjects that is often ignored or forgotten altogether. That is, until a situation arises like not having enough money to fund the operation or not spending enough money to take advantage of an opportunity to increase revenue. Many small business owners do not take the time to use […]

Business feature: Budget Inn getting new look, name

The new owner of the Budget Inn on Mabry drive is giving the hotel a new look and a new name. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Construction crews work on the facade of the Budget Inn on Mabry drive. Construction started in January and is expected to finish in two months. The hotel was purchased […]

Business licenses – July 3

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis for June: • Affordable Solar Type: General contractor Owner: Ryan Centerwall Location: 4840 Pan American Parkway N.E., Albuquerque • Alarm Control Technologies Type: Alarm systems Owner: Crystal Riley Location: 8301 Washington St. • All Seasons Mech, Inc. Type: Mechanical Owner: Danny Roger Location: Albuquerque […]

Business digest – July 3

U.S. Chamber hosting job fair The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation will be hosting a job fair for veterans and active duty military dependents. The 2012 Hiring Our Heroes job fair is 9 a.m. to noon on July 10 at the America Legion Post 25, 2400 W. Seventh St. More than 40 […]

Cargill building new feed plant outside Bovina

Construction is expected to begin in August for a new feed plant next to the Cargill feed lots outside Bovina, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Cargill. When completed by late summer 2013, the plant will bring create 37 new full-time jobs, Cargill said. The plant will produce Cargill's Sweet Bran and RAMP […]