Using food for fuel not solution

By Pat Lyons: Guest columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]

Health insurance programs available for small business owners

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Many small businesses in Roosevelt and Curry counties are unable to provide employee health insurance because of the prohibitive cost and layers of administrative red tape, according to New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance officials. The NMHIA is an alliance of independent health insurers commissioned by the state to serve […]

ACI urges more involvement in legislation

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Small business owners need to get more involved in the creation of state regulations pertaining to businesses, according to Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure. More than 70 people attended Friday’s ACI breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, including small business owners and city, county and state […]

Businesses feeling money crunch

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The seats aren’t quite as full as they used to be at Cattle Baron. “I’m seeing it’s going to stay the same,” general manager Nick Bara said. “Kind of mediocre.” The steakhouse, a staple of Portales, averaged about $7,500 on a good Friday night a year ago. Now it […]

Lack of capital dooms businesses

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Businesses open and close daily. The closures can have a ripple effect on the economy. However, business closures are not all bad. Sometimes it is for the benefit of the owner’s health, retirement or family issues. The following is an anthology of reasons why businesses fail. It also serves as a checklist […]

Commission candidates talk water, retail

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In a light-hearted dig, Rosalie Riley gave fellow city commissioner candidate Robert Sandoval a Target T-shirt during Thursday’s candidate forum at the Clovis Civic Center. “My biggest mandate from my constituents has been: See if you can get a Target store,” Sandoval said. On a more serious note, City […]

Feb. 5, 2008 Business Digest

Ag Expo slated for Feb. 26-27 The 16th annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo is being held Feb. 26-27 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. More than 170 booths with 400 exhibitors are expected at this year’s show, according to a press release from the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The show features products, services […]

Wilson supports Air Force delay of procurement changes

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said Friday a delay in Air Force plans to consolidate procurement operations is a good thing for small businesses in New Mexico. Wilson’s comments came during a public meeting she organized so the Air Force could brief New Mexico business leaders about its plans. The Air Force […]

Business Digest: PrimeSource Mortgage branch back in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Rebecca Reid-Carlyle is the owner and operator of the new PrimeSource Mortgage branch office in Clovis, according to a news release. PrimeSource was in Clovis for nearly 10 years, before closing for some time, and now Carlyle will be bringing the customer service concept of PrimeSource Mortgage’s “We Walk […]

Portales strip mall still in development

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A new retail development that could accommodate up to 10 retail and service businesses is under construction near the Wal-Mart store in Portales. The developer is hoping to have tenants in the building by early 2008. Tom McSpadden, a marketing representative with CMS Properties of Lubbock, said Wednesday the development, […]

Business Digest: Small businesses must recertify

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New U.S. Small Business Administration regulations require small businesses with federal contracts to recertify their size status, according to an SBA news release. Federal agencies are under congressional directive for small businesses to account for 23 percent of their contracts, the release reads. Recertification is necessary because federal agencies […]

Great Race cruising through Clovis

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Courtesy photo: greatrace.com Drivers in the Great American Race will stop in Clovis Monday for an overnight stay on their way to Anaheim, Calif. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes […]

$54 million pants lawsuit abuses judicial system

By Freedom Newspapers Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, […]

June 5, 1957

The Clovis News-Journal published a special edition in celebration of Clovis’ 50th anniversary. Santa Fe Railway was among local businesses saluting the city. … “I’ve Got a Secret,” was among the day’s most popular television shows. … Four Clovis Redlegs baseball players were injured when the car in which they were traveling overturned near Midland, […]

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 […]