Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Twin Cronnie Drive-In sold

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Amanda Rodarte, an employee at Twin Cronnie Drive-In, preps tater tots for the afternoon. The drive-in is now under operation of Walter Bradley’s family, following the purchase from Clint Harden. The restaurant was opened in 1952. Kevin Wilson Clint Harden learned about making food, making a dollar and the importance […]

Friday morning briefing: Turning up the heat, free lunch and ride ‘em sponsors

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Turning up the heat The New Mexico Gas Company has set up $1 million dollar fund to deal with claims filed by customers who have had broken pipes, property damage and business interruption because of weather-related outages. The number is 1-888-NM-GAS-CO.Ride ‘em sponsors The Clovis/Curry […]

Material possessions not key to happiness

I recently heard from a friend who always writes me a long personal letter at Christmas. I was thrilled to receive her Christmas card along with her letter and a picture of her beautiful family. For over twenty-five years, she has worked for a professional firm in a large metropolitan area. On many days, she […]

ENMU alumni honored

By Noelle Bartl: ENMU Director of Development Eastern New Mexico University presented several ENMU Foundation and Alumni Association awards Saturday during homecoming breakfast in the Campus Union Building. The ENMU Foundation Awards: Business of the Year: Doris and James Cassan of Dollar Rent A Car Being raised in the small town of Causey southeast of […]

Press release: ENMU presenting foundation and alumni awards during homecoming

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University will present several ENMU Foundation and Alumni Association awards during this year’s homecoming breakfast on Saturday morning, Sept. 25, in the Campus Union Building. The ENMU Foundation Awards: The Business of the Year Award will go to Doris and James Cassan of Dollar Rent A Car. Being raised in the small […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

Investigators determining cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

Life: Our vessel for doing Lord’s work

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist The following story is one I heard first hand from one who knows. A multi-million dollar organization for seriously ill children was the inspiration of a young Jewish boy living in a concentration camp in Europe. His parents had both been killed by the Nazis, and only the young boy […]

Clovis native co-founder of Pixar studio

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Courtesy photo Alvy Ray Smith credits his high school teachers for inspiring him in art and math. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Before Alvy Ray Smith co-founded one of the most successful animation studios in the country, he was thought of as a brilliant and funny Clovis High School student. Smith is one of […]

A penny spurned is not a penny saved

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Sometimes our government does something outrageous and oversteps its bounds. Ok, this has been happening more frequently lately. But we know things have really gotten bad when the feds go after our precious penny. There has been a movement in recent years to get rid of our copper-faced Abe Lincolns. […]

State ranks seventh in dairy product sales

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics department. […]

Family Dollar store opens in Farwell

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Folks in Farwell have another shopping choice for household items. The Family Dollar store opened Thursday at 501 Ave. A to join the Family Dollar family of 5,700 shops nationwide, according to store manager David Mendoza. Family Dollar specializes in a wide array of merchandise for the household and […]

Together, we reached United Way goal

By Ray Sullivan The joy of living is encompassed deeply in the joy of giving. That basic lesson in humanity spoke repeatedly to me this past summer and fall throughout the Clovis-Curry County United Way campaign, which I had the privilege of chairing. It was great to learn that we made our goal of $392,500 […]

Military disabled to get full benefits

By Tom Philpott Pentagon lawyers are studying the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act to determine if a provision to restore full military retirement to 100-percent disabled retirees next month can be interpreted to apply to 28,000 retirees who have lesser disabilities but are deemed unemployable. At stake for these retirees is, on average, more than […]

Urioste learned the value of a dollar

Reporters Notebook Fry Urioste started working the summer before he entered seventh grade. Actually, he was working way before that, helping his dad with ranch duties. But he joined the retail working world when a dishwasher failed to show up at a truck stop where his sister was employed. “They called me and asked if […]

Governor welcomes donation

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Thursday’s magic number was 7,000. That’s 7,000 Dollar General stores for the Nashville-based chain; a $7,000 prize giveaway for customers; and a $7,000 donation from Clovis’ newest retail store to Clovis Community College’s adult basic literacy program. One company CEO, one New Mexico governor and about 200 people were on […]

Governor to visit Clovis dollar store

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to be in Clovis at 9 a.m. today for a news conference marking the grand opening of a Dollar General Store. The Clovis store, at 21st and Prince streets, is one of 11 Dollar General Stores in New Mexico. The company plans to have 30 stores open and […]

Discount stores dot west side

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent While most of the attention in a recent wave of Clovis business expansion has gone to the development in the north part of town, a quieter pair of retail openings is changing the way some west-siders go about their shopping. Since the Gibson’s Discount Store on 21st St. closed in […]

Consider profits at the source

Thomas Sowell Profits are certainly without honor among the intelligentsia. The very word produces negative reactions, even from people who cannot give you a single reason why money carrying that label is worse than money called by other names. Many professional athletes and entertainers earn salaries higher than what the vast majority of business owners […]