Business digest — March 13

Finance authority accepting applications The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) is accepting applications through March 30 for awarding low-interest loans for businesses in qualified low-income areas throughout New Mexico. New Markets Tax Credits can provide low cost gap financing to fund projects and business expansions that are more than $5 million. Benefits include lower cost […]

Education cuts hurt us in future

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Salvation Army bell ringer Frank Mitchell thanks a Walgreens shopper for a donation Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Mitchell, who has been doing ringer shifts since Nov. 19, is in his first year as a volunteer. Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty […]

Look no further than feed store

I remember looking out my bedroom window early one morning and seeing our 2-year-old gelding we called Chapo limping toward the corral, dragging a bloody hind leg. He had spent much of the night with his leg hung in a cattleguard. It was awful. My dad, as most cowboys, was a fairly good veterinarian. He […]

AgSense: Roundup Ready Alfalfa should be available in 2011

By Leonard Lauriault: NMSU forage agronomist The development of Roundup Ready Alfalfa represents a significant innovation allowing for more effective weed control and lower overall herbicide use with lower toxicity to applicators, as well as reduced use of environmentally-damaging herbicides. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service deregulated RRA, […]

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

CNJ staff Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be asking […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Higher education should be balanced with ‘lower’ education

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Higher education. That’s what we tend to call college and graduate school. Fine. Some important things can certainly be learned there. But the older I get, the more I am of the opinion that higher education ought to be balanced regularly with the kind of “lower” education that occurs […]

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Xcel delays submitting energy rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

Legislators warn of short funds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rep. Anna Crook, D-Clovis, talks about capital outlay during Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s […]

Business digest: Clovis native opens chiropractic office

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Jack Waters opened a chiropractic office in June located at 1833 W. 21st St., according to his wife and business partner Joni Waters. Services offered include relieving lower back pain, neck pain and headaches, according to Joni Waters.

Meteorologist: Snow not here to stay

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A mingling of two weather systems over eastern New Mexico brought about two to three inches of snow to Curry County Friday night and Saturday morning, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Andrew Ulrich. But Clovis residents can put away their ice scrapers and snow shovels for a while. “It doesn’t […]

Fueling frenzy hits Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDale Bone of Bard fills his vehicle at Allsup’s on North Prince Street. Bone waited in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to purchase gasoline at $2.29 per gallon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded […]

Government should let Web regulate itself

Freedom Communications Inc. The cost of cable TV could get cheaper if a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday becomes law. HR5252 would allow phone companies, such as Verizon, “to get television franchises by applying to the Federal Communications Commission rather than by negotiating them one by one with thousands of […]

Wal-Mart likely to lower banking cost for consumers

Freedom Newspapers Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention […]

3/15 Military digest

Dykes Air Force Airman Billy R. Dykes has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. A 2003 Clovis High School graduate, Dykes is the son of Billy and Rose Dykes of Clovis. Ferran Navy Seaman Apprentice Megan Ferran, sister of Rebecca Cottone of Clovis and granddaughter of Flora Norris […]

Campus prank goes haywire

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It began with the “Jack the Ripper” movie. This horror flick, from sometime in the 1930s, contained all of the classic elements that make for a still viable fright-night feature. As the main focus on the campus horror movie evening for Halloween, it was supplemented with “Sorry, Wrong Number” and […]

Senior service members use tax breaks

by Tom Philpott Congress has passed legislation to end a quirky reduction in tax breaks that hits lower-income military families when their service members are assigned to Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat areas. Relief from the tax break glitch was part of the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 approved Sept. 23 and sent […]

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 […]