Many still suffering after tornado

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Much of the damage has been repaired in the two months since a tornado hopscotched through the city March 23. However, secondary concerns are beginning to surface, according to Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. People who were able to find temporary lodging following the […]

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 […]

DMV employee accused of acquiring loans off fake IDs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff An employee with the Clovis office of the Motor Vehicle Division used duplicate driver’s licenses to take out fraudulent loans, according to allegations contained in court documents filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Amy Ramirez-Trevino, a clerk at the MVD, and her now 18-year-old son took out bank loans locally […]

Military looking into payday lending system

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGina Ricketson, manager of A&A Title & Check Loan, left, and assistant Donna Fredrickson, right, try to get in touch with a client behind on payments. Ricketson said the military are the business’ best customers. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Concerns over payday loans have military leaders looking for legal […]

5/30 Business digest

Orbit activates wells in Roosevelt County Orbit Petroleum has activated seven oil and gas wells in its Chaveroo Field in Roosevelt County in the last month, bringing the company’s total active wells in New Mexico to 35, according to a news release from Orbit. Production increases will be reported after the wells are on for […]

Payday loans draw state’s interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney general’s office is concerned about the lending practices of payday loan companies and is proposing stricter regulations. Payday loan advocates said the companies provide a valuable service and are already regulated. The attorney general’s office hosted a meeting Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to discuss proposed […]

3/15 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese taking applications Southwest Cheese is beginning to hire key production personnel. Candidates should be interested in working in food production, have good communication skills, high work standards and be committed to a team where excellence is the standard, a press release from the company showed. “We aim to have a strong performance culture […]

Payday loan organizations prey on poor

by Ned Cantwell Before you know it, the New Mexico legislative season will be upon us. Our lawmakers, as usual, will spend 14 hours a day pondering weighty matters and making momentous decisions, like, should the Official State Pest be the wood-boring beetle or John Dendahl? That’s not fair. It’s not fair to John Dendahl, […]

Local Briefs 10/21

County commission to consider loans The Curry County Commission will consider authorizing loans for two volunteer fire departments at its regular meeting today. The commission will consider a $102,000 loan agreement with the Field Volunteer Fire Department and a $175,000 loan agreement with the Broadview Volunteer Department. In other business, the commission will consider designating […]

Bank alters lending practices

By Jack King A Clovis bank has agreed to reform some of its lending practices after accepting a cease and desist order from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division. Joel Burdell, president of American Heritage Bank in Clovis, said the bank signed a consent agreement with the regulatory agencies […]