Accounting rules lower businesses’ competitiveness

By Freedom Newspapers The Securities and Exchange Commission last week finally eased Sarbanes-Oxley auditing rules to make them less oppressive for smaller public companies, which had called for relief after spending millions of dollars to comply with the 2002 “Enron law.” But such baby steps fall far short. This duplicative, expensive and anti-competitive act, which […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Letter trashing military effort appalling

Letters to the Editor What is the intent of publishing letters full of liberal psychobabble from residents who hate the military? (“U.S. war crimes must not go unpunished,” Wednesday’s CNJ) I’m amazed this trash is published in such a pro-military city. The author (Doug Morris) of the latest assault on our men in uniform suggests […]

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 […]

Locals report business as usual

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of local residents showed support Monday for “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant.” As part of a nationwide campaign, immigrant supporters were hoping to prove immigrants play a large role in the workforce. The impact on local businesses was not clear as most […]

Estate tax burden that should be fully repealed

Freedom Newspapers Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning […]

City officials laud benefits of microplex

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city leaders have been lauding the benefits of designating the two cities as a microplex, benefits that would encourage economic and population growth for the area. Officials for both cities signed a renewal agreement on Thursday to continue the microplex designation for four more years. A look […]

Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

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 […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

Portales man accused of embezzling

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Portales man employed by an armored-car service is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from his employer, police said. Scott Kirby, 22, turned himself in on Monday and was arrested, according to court documents. Kirby was employed by Respond Inc., an ATM and armored-car service company that services businesses […]

Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

House passes price-gouging bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The House approved a bill — prompted by Hurricane Katrina — that would outlaw price gouging after natural disasters or other states of emergency. The House passed the measure Sunday on a 39-24 vote, sending it to the Senate. During a special session in October, Gov. Bill Richardson had […]

2/12 Letters to the editor

Citizens should take responsibility for trash I am super tired of picking up other people’s trash from my yard. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Clovis nearly 18 months ago was all the trash everywhere — in empty lots, clinging to fences, around vacated buildings. If people would not litter […]

Company looking to invest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Got a thriving small business with a potential to grow? Maybe even by leaps and bounds? Then New Mexico Community Capital CEO Jarratt Applewhite is looking for you. For the third time since NMCC was formed in November, Applewhite was in the Clovis/Portales area looking for businesses to invest some […]

7/13 Letters to the editor

Local businesses waste most water I keep hearing about the water shortage and how we can help save water. Then I drive down Prince Street and see all the restaurant employees washing down their drive and parking area with gallons and gallons of water. They take well over one-half hour to wash their business areas […]

Businesses remain resolute in face of closure

Benny Pacheco has worked as a sales agent at Associate Real Estate for about a year, but has worked in Clovis as a car salesman and in real estate for 30 years. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Real estate agent Benny Pacheco said he already had a woman call […]

Family Dollar store opens in Farwell

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Folks in Farwell have another shopping choice for household items. The Family Dollar store opened Thursday at 501 Ave. A to join the Family Dollar family of 5,700 shops nationwide, according to store manager David Mendoza. Family Dollar specializes in a wide array of merchandise for the household and […]