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 […]

Candidate forum being held

CNJ staff The Clovis Industrial Development Corp., is hosting a municipal election candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Candidates will be available to answer questions regarding business and economic development issues. Questions for candidates should be submitted at clovisnm@clovisnm.org by Friday.

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 […]

Antitrust laws hamstring development

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Locomotive relocation postponed

CNJ staff report A retired locomotive is staying at Hillcrest Park for at least the weekend. The 105-year-old locomotive, set to be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, was not moved Thursday, and inclement weather should nix any possible weekend movement plans, Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said. The move is set […]

Tax board to discuss loan for manufacturing facility

CNJ staff The construction of a manufacturing facility in Clovis could bring more than 300 jobs to the area if project funding is approved, according to the city of Clovis officials. In a meeting scheduled for 7 a.m. today, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry will ask the city’s Economic Development Tax Advisory […]

CCC president appointed to state board

CNJ staff Clovis Community College President Rebecca Rowley was appointed Tuesday to the State Workforce Development Board by Gov. Susana Martinez, according to the governor’s office. She is a member of the Adjunct Graduate Faculty at New Mexico State University. Rowley received a doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico.

Block grant meetings scheduled

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners have scheduled a series of public hearings that start Tuesday in Clovis, trying to get ideas from the public on how to spend as much as $500,000 in grant money. The first hearing is 5 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. Other hearings are set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. […]

Press release: Federal help for wildfire victims

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today that New Mexico families of moderate to low-income levels whose homes were damage by recent wildfires may apply for federal funds to offset costs to rebuild or repair their homes. As well, communities may apply through USDA to replace or repair community facilities or acquire equipment […]

County holding grant meetings

CNJ staff Curry County will hold a trio of public hearings to discuss possible uses of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The meetings will be 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 6 p.m. July 5 at the Melrose Senior Center and 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the […]

City receives grant for sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard

Kevin Wilson The city has received $500,000 in Community Block Development Grant money toward construction of a new sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The project, which will require a $176,000 match in city dollars, will replace the sewer line between Mendenhall and 21 st streets. The sewer lines there are 6- to 8-inch […]

Press release: Clovis gets $500,000 grant

The City of Clovis was informed at a hearing of the Community Development Council in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning that it had received a $500,000 grant for the construction of a sanitary sewer line between 21st Street and Mendenhall on Martin Luther King. One of the uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding […]

Udall to stop in Clovis, Portales

CNJ staff Sen. Tom Udall is scheduled to stop in Clovis and Portales Friday and Saturday as part of his small business and economic development tour, according to a news release from his office. Friday, Udall is slated to participate in an economic development roundtable discussion in Portales. Also, according to the release, in Clovis, […]

High court should toss elections act

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court seems to be rolling back the restrictions on free speech, especially as it relates to political campaigns, which had begun to be imposed in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. The new development occurred Monday, when the court heard arguments concerning Arizona’s so-called Clean Elections Act, passed by the […]

New Mexico MainStreet planning marketing, business development seminar

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexco MainStreet Institute is holding a seminar May 13 for targeted business development and marketing. The seminar will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel and Event Center in Las Vegas, N.M. Seminars will be conducted separately for economic positioning and promotion in the morning and […]

Weekly update — March 20

Damage assistance deadline extended The application deadline has been extended to April 1 for uninsured homeowners needing assistance repairing damages from cold weather. To be eligible, applicants must be homeowners without insurance who fall within established low to moderate income levels and must occupy the damaged home. The grants are provided through the Small Cities […]

Everybody’s business: Outstanding clients of year selected

The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College has named Darrin and Julie Burns outstanding clients of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Burns, owners of Fort Sumner Processing, were honored in a special ceremony in February at the sate capital. In 2003, Darrin Burns discussed plans for a slaughter/meat processing business with me at […]

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Press release: New Mexico Economic Development Department presented the city of Portales with certified community initiative recertification

SANTA FE– New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) presented the City of Portales with Certified Communities Initiative (CCI) recertification on February 15th during the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) meeting. Randy Knudson, Board Chairman along with Portales City Manager, Tom Howell and Roosevelt County Manager, Charlene Harden were in attendance for the award presentation. […]

Skills development center houses auto mechanic shop

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Staff Sgt. Richard Taylor of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, works on his car in the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Skills Center while he was in Clovis visiting family. Alisa Boswell New airmen to Cannon Air Force Base may not know there is a source of learning and […]