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 [...]

Governor signs hay transport bill

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday evening at the agricultural feed in the senate roundhouse that will allow the transportation of oversized hay loads on state roads. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will help livestock owners deal with ongoing drought conditions in the state that have placed an enormous strain [...]

Local business owners say Christmas sales up

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bob Morgan of Bob Morgan Photography frames Clovis High School 2012 senior class pictures. Benna Sayyed Christmas sales at a variety of Clovis businesses have shot up this year, according to local merchants. Laura Ellis, co-owner of 2 Shabby Divas in downtown Clovis, attributes her prosperous Christmas season to local [...]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see [...]

Everybody’s business: Customer service can distinguish business

Attention business owners: Are we ready for the prime season of the year? Now is a good time to tune up the customer service engine. A customers’ perception of how they are treated has a dramatic effect on net profits. In this struggling economy, many businesses have cut back on employees to reduce costs, but [...]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to [...]

In search of ponies: Horse in for a rough ride

Sharna Johnson Things are tough. The economy is tight, people are stretching their dollars to cover the cost of the rising expenses and most of the recent data says they are doing it without pay increases. And to make things worse, drought and wildfires in the area have hit the feed supply for animals. As [...]

Pet, livestock owners warned to keep rabies vaccinations up to date

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. [...]

Press release: New Mexico American Water Announces Water Leasing Program

New Mexico American Water announced that it intends to supplement its existing Clovis-area water supplies by entering into water leases with area well owners. The company is requesting expressions of interest from well owners in the Clovis area. The plan is to use leased water to help ensure a reliable water supply for Clovis customers [...]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Betty Mullins of Clovis makes an adjustment Friday to her display of crosses at Main Street Crafters Mall. Mullins has been displaying her craft for the past 10 years and said “I sell more during Christmas and this Christmas has been better than the last.” Alisa Bowell According to many [...]