Reader submitted content: FFA week honors farmers, gives mission to ‘grow’

The week of Feb.16-23 was the National FFA week. Which means that more than 557,318 members of the FFA in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands celebrated and contributed to get the name of FFA and the importance of agriculture to the community. The FFA members and other agriculturalists are constantly faced […]

Biodiesel group hopes mandate remains intact

Renewable Energy Group officials have been tracking a bill in the state Legislature that could have impacted the biodiesel manufacturer's decision to resume construction at its facility west of Clovis. Senate Bill 374, which would repeal a state mandate that diesel contain 5 percent biodiesel, was scheduled to be addressed in a hearing on Tuesday, […]

Business digest: Green program seeks applicants

The New Mexico Environment Department is accepting applications for the 2013 Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program. The program recognizes environmental and sustainability achievements of New Mexico organizations and assists members with goal setting and assessments. Last year, participating companies reported reductions of 3,060 pounds of hazardous waste; 573,374 pounds of solid waste; 340,000 gallons of […]

Business digest: Great Lakes holding ribbon cutting

Great Lakes Aviation will host a ribbon cutting and open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. The air service provider will give information about its new service between the Clovis Municipal Airport and the Denver International Airport. Refreshments will be served and attendees may enter a drawing for two round-trip tickets […]

Black Friday results mixed

?? Prize drawings and free breakfast were among the ways local retailers plied shoppers on Black Friday. Burns Do It Center staff prepared grilled pancakes in the morning to attract shoppers. Also, store merchandise such as kitchen and Christmas items were marked up to 60 and 70 percent off and a drawing for a $1,000 […]

Local Walmart workers plan strike

Johnny Wilson is going on strike Friday with at least six other current and former Clovis Walmart employees. Wilson and his Walmart associates are among thousands of Walmart workers around the nation who plan to engage in non-violent protest strikes, rallies and flash mobs on Black Friday to bring attention to how claim they are […]

Leases available at Hotel Clovis Lofts

Apartment leases are now available at Hotel Clovis Lofts, according to an advertisement in the Clovis News Journal. A woman answering a phone number listed in the ad said she was directed not to provide any information about the apartments to the media and all questions regarding the project were to be directed to owner […]

October business licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis for October: • Julie's Pet Sitting Service Type: Pet care-in home Owner: Julie Pridgen Location: 1716 Axtell St. • DC Tactical, Inc. Type: Guns Owner: Daniel J. Coleman Location: 512 Pile St. • Paradise Market Type: Grocery store Owner: William and Rhonda Bargman Location: […]

Roma’s owner plans Portales restaurant

Plans are already being made for the former Portales Dairy Queen three weeks after it closed its doors. The owner of Roma's Italian Restaurant in Clovis, Mario Ajrula, plans to open Mario's Pizza and Pasta. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Chef Armando Martinez, right, describes the preparation of freshly cooked Italian dishes to waitress Briana […]

Business digest – Oct. 16

Verizon adding 4G service in Clovis Beginning Thursday, customers of Verizon Wireless in Clovis will become part of the wireless carrier's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Along with similar upgrades for Taos and Grants on Thursday, the service expansion for Clovis will make it one of 417 planned markets by the end of the […]

Sunland recall extended to shelled and in-shell peanuts

Sunland Inc. announced Friday on its website that it is extending its ongoing voluntary recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts processed in its plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being extended to include raw and roasted peanuts, both in-shell and shelled, […]

Wind project ‘little behind,’ official says

An energy company with plans to set up a wind farm just south of Grady is working on a tight schedule to get a pair of power plants built in the next few months. Jesse Hopkins-Hoel, a project developer for National Renewable Soluti'litle 'behindons, said the company is probably a little behind where it wants […]

FCC grants Plateau $9.6 million for improving wireless in rural areas

A local communications provider is one of three statewide that received federal money to upgrade mobile service in rural areas of New Mexico that lack 3G or 4G wireless service. According to a release from Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Plateau Telecommunications Inc. received $9.6 million to upgrade service across seven counties in the central and […]

By the numbers – Building permits

Based on the city of Clovis' building report for September: 3: New commercial permits 6: Permits for new residential homes on Carmel 9: Permits for new residential permits to Crisp Custom Homes 12: New commercial permits year-to-date 24: New residential permits in September, most of any month in 2012 131: New residential permits year-to-date in […]

New grocery store hosting job fair Friday

Bill Bargman claims to have a "silly amount" of Hawaiian shirts. He's got one for Christmas and even a western-style Hawaiian shirt. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patrick Madrid, owner of Final Touch Painting, smooths the soffit over the ice cream bar and hot case Thursday at Paradise Market. Market owner Bill Bargman said he […]

Everybody’s business: How to finance a small business

There's an old saying, "It takes money to make money." This can be a just another generalization to anyone aspiring to start a business. For those who are long on desire but short on funds it seems like a roadblock. The truth is many worthwhile small businesses can be started with little capital. A Harvard […]

New lab helping hospital with fight

Heart disease was the leading cause of death in Curry County in 2010, according to a report from the New Mexico Department of Health. Being able to diagnose blockages early can make a difference, according to area health officials. CNJ Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Mary Martin, Plains Regional Medical Center cardiac cath lab supervisor, reviews […]

Newspapers partnering with Google surveys

Google Survey Screen Shot Starting Sept. 1, online readers of Clovis Media Inc. will be asked to take a short survey to access full versions of stories. The company that owns the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and Cannon Connections is partnering with Google to implement a survey component on its sites. […]

Ranchers hoping for help from farm bill

Hit hard by the drought, the state cattle industry could use a little help right now, according to industry officials. That's why it is important Congress approves a new Farm Bill that includes relief for livestock producers affected by drought and natural disasters, according to Matt Rush, Roosevelt County cattle rancher and director of the […]

Official: Vandalism, theft responsible for cosmetics plant delay

The newest target date for a national cosmetics production company to be up and running is within the next two months, according to company officials. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Beauty Health and Science Innovations officials hoped to open its Clovis plant in April but vandalism and theft have delayed opening, according to Drew Martin, […]