Lawmakers confident in support for tax break bill

Alisa Boswell State tax breaks for corporate electricity, which could affect companies such as Tres Amigas, could definitely be in New Mexico’s future, according to local state representatives. Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rose, said House Bill 116, which allows deductions in gross receipt taxes on corporate electricity, was recently passed the Business and Industry Committee […]

Boeing labor deal sets poor precedent

A key to American prosperity is the freedom of companies to run their operations how they see fit, wherever they decide is best for them. That freedom took a hit this week in a case involving Boeing, the aerospace and defense giant. Although this matter doesn’t directly affect our area, anything that damages the company’s […]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Firefighting better if privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Crash reports available online

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department has made crash reports available for purchase by the public over the Internet. Available Friday, crash reports can now be purchased within 24 hours of being scanned by records personnel, according to a press release from police. Each year nearly 1,500 crash reports are filed by records staff, with […]

Official: New companies looking at Clovis

Sharna Johnson With renewable energy putting Clovis on the map, new companies are evaluating the area as a potential home for future operations. Among prospects are a methane gas digester and wood product manufacturer, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The wood product manufacturer, who Gentry declined to identify, would […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

Hull Street bridge bids under projections

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Call it a little reverse sticker shock. When City of Clovis administrators began opening bids from companies hoping to build a new bridge at Hull Street, it was expected that the cost would be somewhere close to $6 million. That’s because HDR Engineering previously estimated the cost at $5.8 […]

Government bought control of businesses

He who pays the piper calls the tune. This should be a lesson to companies tempted to get in bed with the government or to plead for taxpayer bailouts because they are “too big to fail” after they have experienced a run of bad luck or bad management. President Barack Obama’s “pay czar,” Kenneth R. […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

Freedom New Mexico More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union […]

Private jail would mean less county control

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Most counties that hire private companies to run their jails find they have the same problems, but less control with the same

Pair of printing companies celebrate 80 years in business

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Randy Holland, owner of Holland’s Clovis Office Equipment, talks with Stacey Martin of Clovis Insurance Center about some possible office supplies Monday at Holland’s. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two local printing companies spawned from Clovis’ first newspaper are 80 years old. Holland’s Clovis Office Equipment Co. and City […]

Bingaman cosponsors bill to limit executive bonuses

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today offered his support for legislation that discourages excessive bonus compensation by companies that have received significant taxpayer funds from the Troubled Assets Relief program (TARP).

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

Business feature: Firm helps companies increase productivity

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A unique state-subsidized consulting firm says it can help local businesses increase the bottom line. New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership consults with existing small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses on how to increase productivity and efficiency through a series of educational classes and seminars. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. business recruiter […]

Agency looking into small wind energy projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Large wind farms that supply electricity to major power grids are still a long way from coming to the immediate Clovis area, according to Eastern Plains Council of Government Executive Director Lee Tillman. However, he said the wind in eastern New Mexico could be used by individual companies as […]

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

Immunity denies accountability

By Kevin Wilson Congress is about to tell you it’s OK to break the law, as long as somebody in the government is paying you to do it. The Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of giving telecommunications companies immunity for their roles in a National Security Administration eavesdropping program previously ruled unconstitutional by the […]

Business Digest: Call center gets magazine award

CNJ staff Clovis’ newest call center, American Medical Alert Corp., has been named among “America’s 200 Best Small Companies” in the October 2007 issue of Forbes magazine. According to the issue, AMAC ranks 129th overall and 39th in the listing for five-year earnings per share (EPS) growth. To determine the “200 Best Small Companies,” Forbes […]

Latest round of ethics laws full of loopholes

By Freedom Newspapers The problem with ethics legislation of the kind just passed by both houses of Congress (now awaiting President Bush’s signature, not an entirely foregone conclusion), is that it addresses the symptom rather than the disease. It would hardly be tragic if the current bill became law, but it would be a mistake […]