Restitution to be paid for bad investment

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 13,000 military investors who bought and later terminated a “Systematic Investment Plan” marketed by First Command Financial Planning Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, are due restitution payments in the coming weeks that likely will average a little over $300. Letters of explanation are being mailed to a list of […]

Holiday spending surprises retailers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Positive thinking and confidence in the Clovis economy may have contributed to a strong holiday season for local retailers. Local store owners and managers have seen a healthy bump in sales this month, and some are saying the perception of a strong Clovis economy may be part of the […]

Shoppers hit stores for post-Christmas bargains

by Eric Kluth, CNJ staff writer Some were exchanging presents. Others were looking for post-Christmas bargains. Leslie Cargile of Farwell was just looking to get out of the house. Cargile was one of hundreds of shoppers who visited the North Plains Mall on Sunday to check on post-holiday sales. “I had to work this morning, […]

Holiday shopping strong in area

Shoppers crowd the aisles early Saturday morning at Sears in the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Tillie Archuleta, 72, finished her Christmas shopping Saturday, stopping at Wal-Mart and North Plains Mall. By Dec. 10, Archuleta said she will have the gifts in the mail to her family […]

Man charged with arson in connection with trailer fire

11/14 Cops/Courts A Clovis man arrested Thursday for allegedly burning two trailers on Sunrise Boulevard has been charged with arson, officials said. Bobby Lucero, 50, of Clovis, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. After his arrest he told police he set his trailer on […]

Coming soon: Back to school stress

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]

Business Briefs 2/17

Industry association to hold biz review The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico will hold a session of its 2004 Roundhouse Review in Clovis on March 12 at the Holiday Inn. The meetings will feature local legislators and include a briefing on how key business issues were addressed during the 2004 Legislative session. […]

Shops drop costs

Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their […]

No real reason to prohibit organ sales

Thomas Sowell It was gratifying news when fans around the country volunteered to donate their kidneys to basketball star Alonzo Mourning, who would otherwise have to cut short his career because of life-threatening medical problems with his own kidneys. However, the head of the New York Organ Donor Network said it was a shame “that […]

How about better management of tax dollars

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on a proposed sales-tax increase to fund the Ute Water pipeline project and other Clovis infrastructure needs. Some responses: “Every time a government official has a challenge, his immediate solution to the problem is to throw money at it. Of course there are no funds […]

Reimportation of drugs counterproductive

Steve Chapman Americans have often wondered what possible use there is for Canada. If not for ice hockey, Pamela Anderson and Moosehead beer, they could forget it even exists. In the old cartoon map depicting life after the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico was labeled “manufacturing.” The United States was “retail.” And Canada? “Parking.” […]

Internet should be kept free from taxation

Freedom Newspapers There’s good and bad news on the Internet tax front. The good news is that H.R. 49, the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act, is moving through Congress. It is the successor to the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, which banned taxes on Internet services until it expires Oct. 31. H.R. 49 passed the House […]

Horses and homily

Steve Friskup of Muleshoe, Texas, left, talks to Bill and Ginger Sneed, of Talpa, Texas, on Sunday after a cowboy church service at the sale barn in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham The Clovis Livestock Auction’s four annual horse sales attract buyers and sellers from across the United States and even other […]

Businesses hit in alcohol sting

A Clovis business will be barred from selling alcohol for more than a week beginning Sept. 6 because of its second offense selling alcohol to minors, and a second business faces lesser penalties for its first offense. Town and Country Food Store at 700 Thornton and Albertson’s at 1905 Prince Street were both accused of […]

Garage sales prove one person’s trash another’s treasure

Virginia Gonzales, right, buys merchandise from Gloria Estrada, center, and Richard Lucero, left, at a yard sale for the Positive Expectations Program Aug. 1 at 300 E. Fifth St. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez It happens every weekend. People drive up to a stranger’s house early in the morning, pry through their personal […]

Tax-Free Days deemed success

By Gary Mitchell North Plains Mall merchants say they were pleased with the turnout to their version of the Texas tax-free weekend shopping spree. “It was wonderful,” said North Plains Mall manager Cindy Banister. “All four of our major department stores here were very pleased with the weekend sales. The customer traffic was great all […]

Shoppers get a break from the tax man

Ashley Whitt, 12, left, and her mother, Amanda Whitt, both of Clovis, shop Saturday at North Plains Mall during tax-free days. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham Some shoppers didn’t have to travel far to find back-to-school bargains at the North Plains Mall this weekend during Tax-Free Days. The Clovis mall’s tax-free sales event, […]

Local Potter book sales steady

By Janet Bresenham Excitement about the weekend release of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has reached Clovis readers, but the mania over the fifth in the series by author J.K. Rowling appears to be more subdued on the local front. Sales associates Nikki Reed and Angela Murphy-Dye at B. Dalton Bookstore in […]