Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]

Tornado leaves body of work

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Auto body repairman Adam Gleaton of Bender Auto Repair works on a truck damaged by hail during the tornado in Clovis two weeks ago. Gleaton said the shop has been staying busy since the storm. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Auto body shops have been busy repairing vehicles battered […]

Swift disaster declaration offers relief

Staff and wire reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

South Prince community hit hard

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Richard McDonald, left, and Michael Bell examine a two-by-four that was driven through their living room wall Friday night by tornado winds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The steady sound of crunching glass under her feet, Tina Rolan walked through her home. Pointing to things in passing, she focused on […]

Press must be government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

March 14, 1922

Buzz Wetzel was player-manager of the Clovis Baseball Club in the West Texas League. The season was scheduled to begin April 20. … Remington portable typewriters were on sale at The Clovis Journal. Cost was $60, including carrying case. … Clovis insurance agencies were reminding potential customers “You cannot buy insurance while your house is […]

Feb. 27, 2007 Business Digest

Tools & More makes move to N. Main Tools & More is moving in the next few weeks from 412 Commerce Way to 1314 N. Main St. just around the bend, according to owner Don Reid. Reid said he purchased the building at the new location, which will have about the same showroom space but […]

Satisfaction guaranteed at old insurance company

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1979 I was asked to write up a history of an old insurance company. This company is not in business anymore, and what follows is not a history of that insurance company but some items that might prove interesting. The newspaper in Portales ran a brief item on […]

‘Wounded Warrior Insurance’ could be solution

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members, particularly Reserve and National Guard, might not understand yet how their military insurance has been enhanced to cover traumatic injury, whether suffered in war or at home even while off duty. The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded […]

Sept. 10, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Bush-bashing tactics show dangerous ignorance Kirby Rowan’s rants against the Bush administration demonstrate a staggering ignorance of the threat we in the West are facing. (“Bush administration must be stopped,” last Sunday’s CNJ) Rowan considers Bush a greater threat to us than fanatics who strap bombs on children and send them to murder other children. […]

Water company rate increase draws ire

Letters to the Editor In reading about New Mexico American Water Company’s proposed rate increase of 25 percent, I was not a happy camper. The Clovis News Journal article mentions the 11- percent rate increase of (2005). That may have been a needed increase, but as it is with gasoline and other current natural resources […]

Clovis woman charged with setting house on fire

CNJ staff A 27-year-old Clovis woman charged with setting her house on fire in May 2004 to collect insurance money was sentenced Thursday to 7 1/2 years in prison, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall was found guilty Dec. 16 on charges of arson, child abuse, cruelty […]

Massachusetts health bill would burden businesses

Freedom Newspapers Massachusetts is making its second attempt at a form of mandatory universal health insurance coverage, an idea that it first tried, unsuccessfully, in the late 1980s. Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed, with almost unanimous bipartisan support, a bill mandating that all residents must have health insurance. Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, a presidential […]

Deployment readiness more than training, TDY paperwork

Master Sgt. Robert Sobush We talk all the time about military readiness and the ability to deploy. We talk of how we need to be ready at a moment’s notice. With Aerospace Expeditionary Force 3/4 ramp up beginning at Cannon I would like you to stop, think and ask yourself if you are ready. Readiness […]

3/14 Business digest

Clovis agent earns new title from Allstate Michael Reyna of Clovis has earned the Allstate personal financial representative title after passing securities license exams and completing an extensive Allstate training curriculum, according to an Allstate news release. As a personal financial representative, Reyna is able to offer variable universal life insurance, annuities and mutual funds, […]

Katrina disaster shows need for advance preparation

Cannon Air Force Base Claims Office From time to time, the forces of nature strike members of our Air Force family — destroying homes, beloved possessions, and sometimes even lives. In case of such disasters, we’re always told to have fresh water, food stores, battery operated radios, flashlights and other emergency materials on hand. Yet […]

Education feature: Good grades come with rewards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In local schools, it’s raining candy, stickers, popcorn, bicycles and lower insurance rates. These are just a few rewards students are being given these days for excelling in the classroom. Students 25 years or younger who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive lower […]

Officials ready to raise enrollment fees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense Department officials have drafted plans to raise TRICARE enrollment fees and deductibles sharply over the next three years for military retirees under age 65 and their families, about 3 million beneficiaries. If the changes touted by senior Defense officials are adopted, annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, the military’s […]

Aunt’s good stewardship shows Christmas spirit

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist This time of year, I invariably receive anonymous letters because I write about Christmas. They chastise me for giving credence to the pagan holiday of Christmas. Well I am bracing for a new batch of anonymous letters because I have four columns lined up all about Christmas. At Christmas we […]