New owners believe community newspapers future of industry

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CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers’ operations. CMI […]

McGee: Faded denim not enough to get hot dates

I ran across an article the other day that told of the clothing industry shying away from buying denim things that had been sandblasted. Sandblasting gives that “worn look” that some folks like when they buy jeans. It seems workers doing the job were destroying their lungs by breathing the fine silica in the air. […]

For-profit colleges under fire

Even lobbyists for for-profit colleges must be stunned by their industry’s ability over the past two years to capture an enormous share of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned by Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans. The gold rush is on and competition to sign veterans who have the most valuable education package since World War […]

Steve Jobs revolutionized industry

With his death this week, they’re saying Steve Jobs was an inventor and innovator on par with Henry Ford, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. I’m not sure if that’s true or not but I’ve got to say every Apple product I’ve sat down in front of or picked up has worked really well. Going through […]

Agriculture industry intertwined

Remember that song, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, connected to the ankle bone….?” Agriculturists for sure know the “words to that song.” Water is the first bone. Gotta have it. Large sections of our country, where water from the sky seldom falls, depend on irrigation water — either from rivers and lakes (snowmelt) […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. manufacturing industry gone

U.S. manufacturing industry gone My tennis shoes were looking a little raggedy, so I went shopping over the tax-free weekend. My main criteria was that my new shoes be made in the USA and not fluorescent purple or pink (actually just a plain ol’ white pair of tennis shoes). I went to numerous stores, but […]

Opponents say affordable housing plan unnecessary

Sharna Johnson Voter defeat of an Affordable Housing Ordinance city officials say was designed to create incentives for private industry to develop housing for low-income residents doesn’t mean housing won’t be built, according to opponents of the measure. Semi-retired banker Darrel Nance said if government gets out of the way and the demand exists, private […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tony Salinas cleans up after working with cows Saturday at Sloping Hills Dairy just inside Texas. Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. of Portales has said amendments to state dairy environmental regulations, while not perfect, have opened New Mexico back up to dairy business. Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

CNJ staff United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in […]

Expert: Hotel Clovis project taxpayer funded

Sharna Johnson While the extension of low-income housing tax credits to developers puts implementation and management in the hands of private industry, the projects born of them — including the Hotel Clovis project — ultimately involve taxpayer funds. “The government is financing (the project) essentially but it’s technically true that the government’s not going to […]

Local farmer meets with congressmen

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

Cannon squadron hosting industry day

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base will host its second annual industry day April 29, according to a news release. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing Zone. United States Small Business Administration District Director John Woosley will present how his organization […]

Business digest — April 5

Banker honored by association Gordon Morris, CEO of American Heritage Bank, was recognized as the Ag Lender of the Year by the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico. Morris has been working in the banking industry for 29 years. He, along with other local investors, founded American Heritage Bank in 2000 to provide community […]

Equine summit set for Saturday

CNJ staff The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit is set for Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. New Mexico State University horse specialist and summit organizer Jason Turner said dozens of people involved in the horse industry were scheduled to attend from across the state. Attendance is by invitation only. Speakers come from horse, […]

Film incentives must be reasonable

The crafting of the state budget is an exercise in economics, not emotion. I have received hundreds of e-mails from passionate supporters of the film industry, pleading for the Legislature to leave New Mexico’s generous film subsidy unchanged. Almost all of those contacting me appear to believe that this incentive program merely returns to the […]

Farmer says dairy regulations bad for industry

Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Letter to the editor: Clean energy creates employment

The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common sense” and “approach to state politics and decreased governmental regulation of New Mexico industries.” “Common sense” is […]

Taco Box wins award

CNJ staff Taco Box of Clovis and Portales was named a winner Friday of the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico’s Vision, Investment, Vitality and Action (VIVA) Awards. Tom and Gail Martin are the owners of Taco Box and have been in business since 1969. The VIVA awards recognize New Mexico businesses demonstrating […]

Speakers: Dairy outlook optimistic

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy Farmers of America President and CEO Rick Smith gives an update on DFA and the dairy industry at the DFA Southwest Area Industry Update Meeting on Wednesday in Clovis. The meeting aimed to give people involved in the dairy industry information about where the industry is headed and help […]

Proposed fuel grading system fails consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]