What’s happening — March 9

Today Yogurt manufacturing facility groundbreaking — 2 p.m., Mid Frisian Dairy, 507 CR 8, Clovis. Information: 763-6600 Musicians jam — 1-3 p.m., Los Abuelitos Senior Center in Portales. Information: 356-5056. Bluegrass concert — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre in Portales. Tickets $10 with 12 and under for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. manufacturing industry gone

U.S. manufacturing industry gone My tennis shoes were looking a little raggedy, so I went shopping over the tax-free weekend. My main criteria was that my new shoes be made in the USA and not fluorescent purple or pink (actually just a plain ol’ white pair of tennis shoes). I went to numerous stores, but […]

Wind energy company chooses Clovis for plant

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Vert-I-Go Wind Energy has chosen Clovis for its foray into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing, and expects to bring in 60 jobs by 2013. A subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with the city to purchase 6 acres of land south of […]

Wind turbine manufacturing facility, wind farm coming to Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico. – Clovis Industrial Development Corporation President Lee Malloy and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield announced today that Vert-I-Go Wind Energy, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Abundant Energy, L.L.C., of Plano, Texas, plans to establish a wind turbine manufacturing facility and a five megawatt wind farm in the Clovis area utilizing its proprietary […]

More charges added to airman’s child porn case

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff re-arrested a Cannon Air Force Base airman Friday, charging him with an additional 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Zebulon Benne, 24, was first arrested Aug. 5 and charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children and 10 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Sheriff’s investigators said while executing […]

Business feature: State agency helps local man open machine shop

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jim Perry, owner of J & S Machining Shop in Clovis, displays an invention he calls a mini track. Perry said the vehicle might be used by farmers in winter months to haul hay to cattle in the pasture. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He believes eventually he would […]

March, 3 2009 Business digest

Workshop to avoid fines set for March 11 A workshop educating manufacturing businesses to identify possible penalties will be held March 11 at the Business Enterprise Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building, according to a New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership news release. Information from the workshop includes issues with employment eligibility and complying with […]

Letters to the Editor Nov. 18

GNP sign of country’s instability Does your job produce a product or support a business that does Does it provide a service or support a business that does Does it provide a government service In Curry County, agriculture produces a product. There are a few manufacturing jobs in Clovis. These contribute to the Gross National […]

Tight credit market changes focus for local business

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The economic development arm of the city is pumping its brakes on recruiting businesses because of the tight lending market and focusing efforts on supporting existing ones. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the meltdown on Wall Street has made it hard to secure financing to […]

Charges filed in meth lab case

Freedom New Mexico Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody Banister, 27, Brandy Rury, 24 and Troy Thompson, 29. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and […]

Manufacturing demand gives boost to college

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The growing manufacturing industry in eastern New Mexico is getting a boost from the Department of Labor and Clovis Community College. Government officials announced Monday that Clovis Community College and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari have been awarded approximately $3.3 million in federal grants from the Department of Labor. […]

Loss of jobs not sign of industry downfall

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist According to some pundits and political hustlers, free trade has led to a loss of “good manufacturing jobs.” Let’s look at it, but before doing so, let’s first see whether we should work ourselves into a tizzy over other job losses. In 1900, 41 percent of the U.S. labor force […]

Technology responsible for job losses

By Walter Williams Now that the elections are over, there’s little political gain for demagoguery about jobs, but let’s prepare ourselves for the next time. Losing a job means a financial crunch and readjustment regardless of the source of job loss. If it’s not from an economic downturn, the loss might be a result of […]

Man admits to manufacturing child porn: Cops and Courts

A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of manufacturing child pornography. He’s been ordered to undergo a diagnostic evaluation at the New Mexico Department of Corrections by the court, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Rockey Fleming was arrested in April after 6,000 images and at least 70 video tapes depicting lewd sexual acts […]

Man charged with manufacturing child porn verbally accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant charged with more than 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography has verbally accepted a plea agreement, defense and prosecuting attorneys said. Rockey Fleming, 40, is accused of paying three girls — ages 13, 15 and 16 — up to $2,000 to have […]