Reserve program pays off for farmers

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. Vegetation growing on James Bostwick's CRP property near Melrose. Melrose farmer James Bostwick points to a location Friday where deer and other wildlife have appeared on his CRP […]

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

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. The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered more than a dozen of its numerous […]

Rural refinance program to launch

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 contact their […]

Officials: Company could be up and running by April

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. Clovis' newest industry has plenty […]

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

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. Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales includes bars as well as restaurants. […]

Business licenses – Jan. 17

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in the month of December: Abarca Construction Type: Building contractor Owner: Miguel Abarca Location: 2356 S. Roosevelt Road No. 2 FD Pipes and Tobacco Type: Tobacco shop Owner: Raymond Flores Location: 321 W. Seventh St. Embry-Riddle Aero Type: Advanced education Owner: Embry-Riddle Aero Location: […]

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

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 operations in 46 states, […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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. Curry County Commissioner and farmer Frank Blackburn on his main tractor used for plowing milo fields. Blackburn is preparing for the next milo crop, which […]

Gross receipts revenue up for second year

For the second consecutive year, Clovis has experienced an uptick in gross receipts tax revenues. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 4.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from 2008 to 2009. Chase Gentry, executive […]

Business digest – Jan. 3

Company invests in Tres Amigas Global trading, IT and infrastructure services company Mitsui and Co. has agreed to invest $12 million into the Tres Amigas power grid project that will be located east of Clovis. The transmission hub will connect American's three primary electricity grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — to allow better infrastructure […]