USDA to close 259 facilities

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and operations in 46 states, […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who farms 6,000 acres five miles west of Clovis in the Ranchvale community, checks on his beef cattle. He purchased these calves in September 2011. Curry County Commissioner and farmer Frank Blackburn on his main tractor used for plowing milo fields. Blackburn is preparing for the next milo crop, which […]

Gross receipts revenue up for second year

For the second consecutive year, Clovis has experienced an uptick in gross receipts tax revenues. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 4.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from 2008 to 2009. Chase Gentry, executive […]

Business digest – Jan. 3

Company invests in Tres Amigas Global trading, IT and infrastructure services company Mitsui and Co. has agreed to invest $12 million into the Tres Amigas power grid project that will be located east of Clovis. The transmission hub will connect American's three primary electricity grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — to allow better infrastructure […]