Portales ranks high in quality of life

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and […]

June 8, 2006 Local Briefs

Area leaders plan to meet regarding growth challenges Eastern New Mexico leaders will meet with a federal agency next month to discuss growth challenges that may emerge with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a joint press release from the cities of Clovis and Portales and the counties of Roosevelt and […]

Census Bureau projects growth slowdown

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — New Mexico faces a potential shock if the Census Bureau’s crystal ball proves accurate about population growth over the next three decades. The federal agency projects a dramatic slowdown in the rate of growth in New Mexico’s population between 2000 and 2030. According to projections released last week, […]

Letters to the Editor: Rapid, unplanned growth dangerous

Carol Singletary makes a good point in her commentary published Tuesday. Rapid, unplanned growth is not beneficial. The city of Clovis needs to join the 21st century. Growth is going to continue; new developments are going to be planned and constructed, and it is going to cost money to build underground storm-water runoff pipes just […]

Economy booming in Clovis

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Updated photo of construction on the cheese plant in November of this year. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Property values in Clovis are on the rise, a surge in the residential home market has begun, gross receipts taxes made big gains, new businesses and restaurants moved into the area and one of the largest […]

Business feature: Residential revival

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James Truelove, 27, a worker with Insulating Enterprise of Portales, sprays foam insulation Monday inside a house being built at 3913 Springwood in Clovis. (Staff photo: Ryan Lengerich) By David irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of new housing permits in Clovis has more than tripled since 2001, a trend likely due to enhanced economic […]

Clovis praised for economic growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis is one of five communities awarded the certified community distinction under the State’s Certified Community Initiative this year, a press release from the Economic Development Department shows. Economic development secretary Rick Homans was scheduled to make the announcement at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Clovis, but inclement weather […]

Defining ‘success’ can be difficult

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I once saw a sign that said: SAMUEL P. BOSWELL VETERINARIAN/TAXIDERMIST EITHER WAY YOU GET YOUR DOG BACK Guaranteed success, right? But how do you know what “success” is? Most of us are pursuing it in one way or another, and I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit […]

Growth comes from smaller governments

Freedom Editorial There is little question that former President Clinton offered an effective speech at the Democratic convention, filled with charm, humor and a superficially plausible list of reasons for voters to prefer a Democratic administration to the current model. On closer examination, however, his contentions, especially on taxes, spending and other domestic policy, don’t […]

Tax increase takes effect

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Reporter Most people in a man-on-the-street poll Wednesday said they support the city of Clovis’ 1/4 of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase, which goes into effect today. The tax increase, approved by voters March 2, will fund infrastructure improvements and capital outlay purchases like fire and police equipment, city […]

Reagan gave the world hope

Few men in modern times have changed American politics as significantly as did President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In some ways his death at age 93 was a relief. There was something inordinately sad about seeing a man with such a sharp wit, and with such glorious […]

Rezoning request, variance voted down by commissioners

By Jack King Zoning issues and a discussion of growth in Clovis dominated much of Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The commissioners unanimously voted down a request by Joseph Riccardi of Portales to rezone property at 600 W. 14th St. in Clovis from a single family to a multi-family residential designation. Planning Administrator Louis Gordon said […]

Report: America is the land of the mostly free

Freedom Newspapers Americans love to be No. 1 and we pride ourselves on our freedom. That’s why it’s doubly disappointing that the United States is not ranked No. 1 on the 2004 Index of Economic Freedom, just released by the Heritage Foundation. Worse, as Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner Jr. said, the country has fallen […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]

Taco Box closes its mall location; others still open

By Jack King Tom Martin, owner of the Taco Box restaurants, said the company closed its site in North Plains Mall on Sunday because it was unable to reach an agreement on the extension of its lease with mall owner General Growth Properties. Martin said the North Plains Mall Taco Box had 13 employees, some […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

Cannon, water top priorities for Clovis planners

By Darrell Todd Maurina Water and the retention of Cannon Air Force Base are among Clovis’ highest priorities for continued and expanded growth, community leaders said Monday. “Without water, we cannot have economic development,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “We have (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 coming up and we’ve got to look at these […]

Customers will decide economic growth

From the Editor’s Desk Not everyone is thrilled with the region’s recent economic growth. Some longtime residents are concerned that newcomers will mean dramatic and unpleasant change. Mom-and-pop businesses, they fear, will be driven out by the likes of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Hastings and other chain stores that have opened in Clovis in recent weeks. […]