Curry and Roosevelt counties see unemployment increase

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American Medical Alert center grew from 45 employees to 75 in 2008. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent […]

Experts share tax tips

CNJ staff It’s never too early — or too late — to think about taxes. With the tax year ending in two days, the Internal Revenue Service and local tax preparers have tips to help reduce taxes and possibly increase refunds. Clovis and Portales Jackson Hewitt Manager Robin Hardage said mortgage insurance that first time […]

Clovis police, Cannon experts called in for suspicious package

CNJ Staff Clovis police and Cannon Air Force Base explosive experts were called in Thursday night after a baseball team spotted a suspicious item at Bell Park. Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said about 8:30 p.m. Cannon Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were in the process of X-raying the item to determine if […]

Local experts: Clovis shielded from economic strain

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Phyllis Salguero, of The Bank of Clovis, counts back cash to customer Mike Reyna of Clovis on Friday. According to local bankers Clovis’ economy remains sound despite turmoil in the financial markets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local bankers and economic experts say the Clovis and Portales area is […]

Local finance experts: Think longterm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several hundred-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Bedbugs bite nobly in pursuit of world peace

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — New York City is being eaten alive — literally — with a bedbug epidemic. Yes, those infamous creepy creatures of nighttime rhyme have infested the Big Apple, where they’ve been chewing their way through town worse than those squirmy worms depicted in cartoons. Alas, you may ask, why […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

Experts say fall best time for planting

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer If you want a spring garden blooming with flowers and green lawn grass now is the time to get digging, experts say. It may seem like it is too early to be thinking about a spring garden, but experts say the fall is the best time to plant. “I […]