Jury system imposing on business

I operate a small company with 14 employees. It is difficult for me to find professional, trained help, so each employee is vital to my business’ everyday operations. Panel jurists are not informed until after 5 p.m. whether they have jury duty the next day. Scheduling is impossible to plan, not knowing whether an employee […]

North Plains parent company files bankruptcy

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File photo Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES – The nation’s second-largest shopping mall owner, including Clovis’ North Plains Mall, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in a tough bargaining move to restructure its $27 billion in debt. Shoppers at its malls will not be affected by its bankruptcy filing, according to General Growth […]

Water company’s request denied

New Mexico American Water Co. wants Clovis to drop its protest against the utility’s request to expand its water rights. But Clovis commissioners, concerned with a lack of oversight, said no. Commissioners voted unanimously during Thursday’s meeting to uphold the city’s protest filed with the state engineer’s office. The city is fighting New Mexico American […]

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Feb. 19, 2009 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

What: Clovis City Commission meeting When: 5:15 p.m. today Where: Clovis-Carver Library North Annex Commissioners will decide Thursday on a proposal from Great Lakes Airlines to continue flights from Clovis to Albuquerque. A two-year Department of Transportation program that awards subsidies to airlines that serve rural communities expires in May. Cheyenne, Wyo., based Great Lakes […]

New Mexico American Water offers lawn incentive

CNJ staff Clovis residents may get cash back if they switch to water efficient lawns. The New Mexico American Water Company is offering rebates of up to $800. The city’s water provider announced the program. The company will cover lawns between 500 and 2,000 square feet and pays 40 cents per square foot. Company spokesman […]

Alltech expects full production by mid-January

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer International animal supplement manufacturer Alltech has begun limited production in its Curry County facility, according to company officials. The Nicholasville, Ky.-based company’s 240-acre facility is located east of Clovis along Curry Road 10. The company upgraded the former Superior Grain Sugar Refining plant to produce its Yea-Saac Farm Pak. […]

Water company holding meeting on proposed rate increase

CNJ Staff New Mexico American Water officials will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex to discuss a proposed rate increase, according to a company news release. The water company in July filed a rate increase request to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. New Mexico American […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

CNJ staff Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. The […]

Residents asked to limit energy use

CNJ staff Xcel Energy officials are asking customers to limit power use Tuesday as expected electricity demands could outweigh production. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company shut down two generators Monday in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo after discovering tubes in the boilers were leaking. Reeves said the generators would go […]

Ag business to expand operations locally

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Portales has landed a business that will distribute and repair agricultural equipment, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp.Roswell-based New Mexico Machinery announced Monday it will expand its business to the Roosevelt and Curry county market with a new location in Portales at the […]

Voicemail beep: My time to shine

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist When discussing his company’s revolutionary iPhone a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs addressed a crowd of shareholders as to how the phone could be more efficient. “We have caller ID, we have text messaging,” Jobs told a cheering crowd. “We don’t need voicemail.” OK, Jobs never really said […]

May 6, 2008 Business Digest

Feed mills purchased A Regina, Saskatchewan-based feed company will take over operations of

Getting back to basics: The art of reading

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer I recall hearing a story about two siblings who went into business together and formed a corporation. When it came time to borrow additional funds the owners used company stock as collateral. One of the siblings signed a document giving what he thought was 20 percent to the financial institution; when in […]

Second biofuel plant delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday.

Financially on track

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Charles Lee, bottom left, and Donny Nunez, bottom right, work on a split-point switch near the Prince Street bridge. BNSF replaced 12,000 ties between Cook’s Diner and Cannon Air Force Base in the end of 2007, according to BNSF maintenance manager Victor By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer BNSF Railway […]

Officials express varied concerns about water supply

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The operations manager for New Mexico American Water Co. said the company is adding new wells to stay ahead of the growth the city is expected to experience from the transition of Cannon Air Force Base to a Special Operations Command and new industries settling in Clovis. Jim Bonner […]

Telecommuting can produce distractions

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist This is a column about telecommuting. You know … working at home. It’s an art that involves conning your boss into thinking you can be productive in the comfort of your own living room or kitchen table. Many ethical questions arise when it comes to working at home. For example, […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]