Smoking ban poses patron problems

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]

Business Feature: Local men acquire Hilltop property

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Though it’s not the high-traffic area Prince Street has become, Clovis’ Hilltop Plaza has plenty to offer potential new tenants — most recently, local ownership. Three Clovis residents — Sid Strebeck, Brent Strebeck and David Petty — have acquired the northern part of the plaza under the name Masters […]

Governor: Minimum wage bill his ‘crown jewel’

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

It’s Their Business: Techboys

Name: Techboys Location: 4000 North Prince St. What they do: Sell and service computers for homes and businesses, cash registers and point-of-sale systems, closed-circuit TV and surveillance systems; build computers and install computer networks; and agent for Plateau Wireless modems Who’s in charge: Mike Wheeler, owner How long in business: Two years Employees: Four Contact: […]

Feb. 2, 1958

A Clovis teenager was recovering from a head wound suffered at a school party. Police said the student was hit with a hatchet. … Businesses across town were celebrating “Dollar Days.” Levine’s was selling sweatshirts, throw rugs, feather pillows and even boys blue jeans for $1 each. … The weekend wrapped up with nine arrests […]

Former city manager named to state post

CNJ Staff Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon was appointed Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership on Monday by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to a press release from Richardson’s office. The Partnership works with the New Mexico Economic Development Department to generate economic growth by attracting businesses to the state, the release reads. The public-private nonprofit […]

Accounting rules lower businesses’ competitiveness

By Freedom Newspapers The Securities and Exchange Commission last week finally eased Sarbanes-Oxley auditing rules to make them less oppressive for smaller public companies, which had called for relief after spending millions of dollars to comply with the 2002 “Enron law.” But such baby steps fall far short. This duplicative, expensive and anti-competitive act, which […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Letter trashing military effort appalling

Letters to the Editor What is the intent of publishing letters full of liberal psychobabble from residents who hate the military? (“U.S. war crimes must not go unpunished,” Wednesday’s CNJ) I’m amazed this trash is published in such a pro-military city. The author (Doug Morris) of the latest assault on our men in uniform suggests […]

5/30 Business digest

Orbit activates wells in Roosevelt County Orbit Petroleum has activated seven oil and gas wells in its Chaveroo Field in Roosevelt County in the last month, bringing the company’s total active wells in New Mexico to 35, according to a news release from Orbit. Production increases will be reported after the wells are on for […]

Locals report business as usual

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of local residents showed support Monday for “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant.” As part of a nationwide campaign, immigrant supporters were hoping to prove immigrants play a large role in the workforce. The impact on local businesses was not clear as most […]

Estate tax burden that should be fully repealed

Freedom Newspapers Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning […]

City officials laud benefits of microplex

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city leaders have been lauding the benefits of designating the two cities as a microplex, benefits that would encourage economic and population growth for the area. Officials for both cities signed a renewal agreement on Thursday to continue the microplex designation for four more years. A look […]

Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

Massachusetts health bill would burden businesses

Freedom Newspapers Massachusetts is making its second attempt at a form of mandatory universal health insurance coverage, an idea that it first tried, unsuccessfully, in the late 1980s. Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed, with almost unanimous bipartisan support, a bill mandating that all residents must have health insurance. Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, a presidential […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

Portales man accused of embezzling

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Portales man employed by an armored-car service is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from his employer, police said. Scott Kirby, 22, turned himself in on Monday and was arrested, according to court documents. Kirby was employed by Respond Inc., an ATM and armored-car service company that services businesses […]

Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

House passes price-gouging bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The House approved a bill — prompted by Hurricane Katrina — that would outlaw price gouging after natural disasters or other states of emergency. The House passed the measure Sunday on a 39-24 vote, sending it to the Senate. During a special session in October, Gov. Bill Richardson had […]