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 […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

County commission to hold special meeting

Curry County commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing for 5:30 p.m. today to consider changing the districts each is elected to represent. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex is prompted by results of the 2010 Census. Population changes shown in the Census require districts in the county — in which residents […]

Curry, Roosevelt Hispanic populations jump

Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Census: Clovis population up 15.6 percent

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CNJ staff photo: Dianna Hernandez Clovis’ population increased 15.6 percent — a counted population of 37,775, up from the 2000 census total of 32,667. Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as U.S. Census numbers showed double-digit percentage growth over the last decade throughout eastern New Mexico. Clovis saw the biggest increase with 15.6 percent […]

Census shows GOP gaining popularity

Freedom New Mexico Some analysts suggest that long-term demographic trends favor Democrats over Republicans, and this may well be true, especially if Republicans continue to alienate Hispanic voters. However, the trends of the decade now limping to a close, as reflected in U.S. Census results that will determine how representation in the U.S. House is […]

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Friday morning briefing: Census takes and green chili cheeseburgers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Did you know? In the 2000 census, Portales was reported to have 11,131 people. Of the population 15 years old and older, 50.9 percent were married. Among people age 25 and older, 74 percent had a high school diploma or higher education. Source: U.S. Census […]

Cannon spouse says census work has been good way to get to know community

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bethany Mueller hosted a training class in Portales April 15 for crew leaders in the area at Portales City Hall. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community […]

Thursday morning briefing: Family night, the census and Oldsmobiles

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing.Please note: There is a high-wind watch in effect today and tonight. Family night Yucca Middle School is hosting Family Night today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Topics covered will include transition and math. Sixth graders and families from Yucca’s feeder schools are also invited […]

Education column: Census event family fun

By Penny Bailey: Education columnist Have you ever been at an event and found yourself with a big grin on your face, and you didn’t even realize it? Well, that is what happened to me the other night when I visited Lockwood Elementary School. As I approached the campus, I could see and smell smoke […]

Census forms available for residents who didn’t receive them

CNJ staff Residents who have not received a census form in the mail can pick up and complete a form at various Questionnaire Assistance Centers located in the city. Census workers will staff the following locations: Motor Vehicle Department, 814 W. Sixth St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. New Mexico Workforce Connection, […]

Census forms available

Residents who have not received a census form in the mail can pick up and complete a form at various Questionnaire Assistance Centers located in the City of Clovis. There will be Census workers at these locations who can help residents complete forms where necessary. The sites are as follows: • MVD 814 W 6th […]

Census responses close to 2000 numbers

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Courtesy illustration Census return rates are up to 54 percent in Clovis and 60 percent in Curry County as of Monday according to www.census2010.gov. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has […]

Clovis Census committee holding march to mailbox event

CNJ staff The 2010 Complete Count Committee is hosting a “March to the Mailbox” event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Postal Service workers will be on location to accept completed forms. Locations for the event are the Clovis Apartments, Lincoln-Jackson Community Center and the Gateway Apartments. Information: 769-7828

Wednesday morning briefing: Tracking the census and Cesar Chavez

It’s the Wednesday morning briefing from Freedom New Mexico. Chavez birthday 2 p.m. today in the Sandia Room at the CUB — ENMU Hispanic Affairs will look at the Cesar Chavez story in honor of the civil rights and labor rights leader’s birthday. Open to anyone interested. Web site of the day Track your census […]

Letters to the editor: Census purpose misunderstood

The 10-year Enumeration (Census) as required by Article 1 of the Constitution and changed by the 14th Amendment, is frequently misrepresented. For instance, Sharna Johnson’s article “Yes, You Count” (March 13 CNJ) is a good read and well intended; however, it directs the focus of the 2010 Census on securing federal funds while ignoring the […]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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CNJ file photo City officials such as Luis Gordon, seen holding a poster promoting the Census during the Martin Luther King Junior march in January, are trying to encourage residents to be counted.

Census Bureau seeking workers

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking workers in the Clovis and Portales areas to assist with the 2010 count. Salaries are in excess of $10 an hour with employment through the end of May. Anyone interested in this employment can go to the following locations at the following times for information: Portales: […]

Workers sought for census taking

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Recruitment assistant Jack Mullins oversees test-takers for jobs with the U.S. Census Tuesday at the 21st Street Church of Christ. Mullins said another test is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A key element of the United States of America […]