Clovis home sales down from year ago

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson There have been 82 single-family homes sold in Clovis over the last three months, according to Multiple Listing Services data. Gabriel Monte Single-family Clovis home sales were down by 30 percent in the last three months compared to a year ago, according to a national property listing service. The Multiple […]

Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Al’s Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. CNJ staff Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of […]

Everybody’s business: Hiring employees big decision for business

Imagine the risk and pressure of starting up and running a business by yourself — no paid employees to help you. Can’t be many of those businesses, can there? Fact is, America has over 21 million, one-person businesses according to the latest figures available from the U.S. Census. The good news for a lot of […]

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 […]

Farmer’s yogurt based on wife’s family recipe

Tonjia Rolan Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje’s, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. “We just couldn’t find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home,” Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, […]

Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

Business digest —

Outreach conference scheduled A small business outreach conference has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Clovis Civic Center for subcontractors and suppliers to work on a privatized housing project at Cannon Air Force Base. Balfour Beatty Construction is seeking qualified applicants to work on a project of approximately 677 new housing […]

Reserve program pays off for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Melrose farmer James Bostwick stands in one of his CRP fields. Bostwick has been farming for over 40 years and in the CRP program for 20 years. Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 […]

FFA results

CNJ staff Local results of the New Mexico FFA Leadership Conference Feb. 11-12 in Albuquerque: Quiz Bowl: Contestants were judged on their knowledge of the Future Farmers of America organization. 1. Moriarty 3. Texico

Business digest — Feb. 14

Loan committee holding meeting The Main Street Revolving Loan Committee, part of the state’s historic preservation division, will hold a special meeting 2 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of its office, located in Suite 236 of the Bataan Memorial Building in Santa Fe. The committee wil discuss loan applications from The Smithson Block in […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Officials: Company could be up and running by April

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The former FrozFruit facility adjacent to the Clovis Industrial Park will soon be transitioned into the home for Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a product of a merger of two cosmetic companies. Officials hope for 120 to 150 jobs by the end of 2012 and 350 jobs within three years. […]

Business digest — Jan. 24

Fundraiser nets nearly $5,000 A fundraiser dinner, dance and silent auction for the Melrose Tire Shop held Jan. 15 in Melrose netted $4,895. The money will help defray rebuilding costs for the tire shop, which was damaged in an October fire. The owner, Dale Bigler, did not have insurance for the property and will likely […]

Bars included in Portales Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Dawg Houze bartender Jennifer Kirby pours a rum and coke Thursday afternoon at the bar. Owner Chad Heflin said Sunday liquor sales were three times what he anticipated them to be in the bar’s first two Sundays open. Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor […]

Business licenses —

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in the month of December: • Abarca ConstructionType: Building contractorOwner: Miguel AbarcaLocation: 2356 S. Roosevelt Road No. 2 • FD Pipes and TobaccoType: Tobacco shopOwner: Raymond FloresLocation: 321 W. Seventh St. • Embry-Riddle AeroType: Advanced educationOwner: Embry-Riddle AeroLocation: 110 21st St. • GN ConstructionType: […]

Business digest — Jan. 17

Grady rancher reappointed Wesley Grau of Grady was reappointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, the national board that administers the Beef Checkoff program, by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in late December. This will be the second three-year term for the Grady rancher, who was elected board chairman last August. Grau […]

Everybody’s business: Financial statements quarterly necessity

As we start 2012 this is a good time to reflect on past accomplishments, future endeavors, and failures. Failures can build or weaken a business depending on the step taken immediately following the mishap. One important step is to begin a concise review analyzing why the failure happened and what tools are needed to prevent […]

USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who farms 6,000 acres five miles west of Clovis in the Ranchvale community, checks on his beef cattle. He purchased these calves in September 2011. Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is […]