Bill would reinvest state money in state banks

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Rep. Brian Egolf is taking the `keep it local’ mantra to the extreme. Under a bill he’s carrying this session, the state would pull the roughly $1.4 billion it has in a Bank of America account and invest it in New Mexico banks. Egolf, D-Santa Fe, […]

Banks can’t be regulated against failure

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, chairman of the House Banking Committee, and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, each have introduced sweeping bills to overhaul regulation of the country’s financial system. Despite differences — Frank’s bill would expand the power of the Federal Reserve while Dodd’s bill would limit […]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Banks owed no privacy when using tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico Can you imagine lending a relative several thousand dollars and then being told it’s none of your business whether that relative spent the money doing as promised (to pay off debts and get his fiscal house in order) or whether he blew the cash on fancy vacations and jewelry? Well, as The […]

Banks should have been held accountable

Freedom New Mexico Last week the financial industry was

More residents utilizing food banks and thrift stores

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frances Vanderford of Clovis shops at the Goodwill store on Thursday. She said she frequently shops at Goodwill because she can buy more with her money there. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To stretch her dollars, Frances Vanderford said she shops at the Goodwill thrift store about twice a […]

Church has big history

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Pastor Bill Banks, left, stands with long-time Central Christian Church members, from left, Jack Pierce, Janet Pierce, Gene Brian, Beth Brian and Wanda Horton in the church’s sanctuary. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Central Christian Church was once the largest Christian church in New Mexico, according to church records. […]

Central Christian preacher settling in

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Bill and Karen Banks moved from Oregon so Bill could become pastor of the Central Christian Church. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Bill Banks is a mail-order preacher. Or at least that’s the tongue-in-cheek story he tells about how he came to be the new pastor of Central Christian Church. […]

Charity facing food crunch

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is caught in a food crunch that is gripping food charities across the United States, according to New Mexico Food Bank officials. The food shortage has halted food deliveries in eastern New Mexico and elsewhere, according to officials. “We are in a […]

Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

Freedom Newspapers The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, […]

Officials say bank transition smooth

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Access Bank is now officially the First Community Bank and banking officials said customers will notice the transition, but they’re confidentcustomers will only experience minor inconveniences. Linda Wedeen, senior vice president of First Community Bank, said the Access Banks in Portales and Clovis officially became First Community Banks in January. […]

What’s in a name?

By Ryn Gargulinski By Ryn Gargulinski CNJ STAFF WRITER ryn_gargulinski@link.freedom.com If the little girl back in 1909 had been studying Spanish history rather than French, “Clovis” could have ended up “Ferdinand” or “Rodriguez.” The little girl was a railroad official’s daughter, who chose the name “Clovis” after the first Christian king of the Frankish empire […]

Banks, offices closed for holiday

By CNJ staff The following government agencies and banks will be closed on Friday in celebration of the New Year’s holiday: Curry County and state offices, and the Bank of Clovis, Citizens Bank of Clovis and Western Bank. Clovis National Bank will be open until noon and the drive-through at AccessBank will be open until […]

Government offices, banks closed today

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF Many government offices will be closed today and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. City Hall, the Department of Building Safety and the city animal shelter will be closed today and Friday, city officials said. Some city trash pickups will be conducted on Friday. Hillcrest Park Zoo will be closed […]

July 4 Closings

CNJ Staff Reports Most government agencies will be closed on Monday in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday. Many local banks are also closed, along with some retail businesses. The Clovis News Journal offices will be closed, but subscribers who do not receive their Monday papers may call 763-3431, extension 1, between 8 a.m. […]

USA PATRIOT Act could turn US into police state

Freedom Newspapers In the days of fear and paranoia after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Congress acted swiftly to show the American public that lawmakers were doing something about the terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the USA PATRIOT Act was ill-considered — many members of Congress didn’t even read the bill before voting […]

Banks, Helen

Helen Banks Services: Have been held. Mrs. Helen Banks, 67, of Hobbs, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Covenant Health Systems in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 10, 1935, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Charles David Miles and Edna Berniece Gould. She was a licensed veterinary technician and a bookkeeper. She was a member […]