Cornucopia

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steven Juarez of Farwell headed a crew Thursday cutting silage south of Texico. He said they are cutting between 80 and 120 acres a day. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Parmer County farmers planted almost twice as much corn this year compared to last year in anticipation of a […]

Portales Abengoa plant on market

Freedom Newspapers Abengoa Bioenergy, of St. Louis announced Thursday that it intends to sell its Portales plant, according to plant officials. The global company acquired the Portales facility in 2002 and has since that time increased production capacity to approximately 27 million gallons per year, according to a story online in the Cherry Creek News […]

Roosevelt County Fair schedule

Saturday • 10 a.m.: Youth Horse Show, Special Events Arena • 6 p.m.: Cotton Extravaganza, Jake Lopez Center Sunday • 1-5 p.m.: Begin putting up booths, Home Arts Building Monday: Entry Day for Indoor Exhibits • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Put up booths, Home Arts Building • 12-6 p.m.: Horticulture, 4-H Educational, 4-H Open and Jr. […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

Fair exhibitors learn to let go

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Exhibitors Micha Mayfield, 17, left, of Texico, Meredith Sanders, 16, middle, of Melrose and Wyatt Payne, 14, of Melrose show their pigs during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Curry County Fair. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Melrose High senior Kimberly Lyons showed five pigs during Tuesday’s junior […]

Local Roundup: Food vouchers to be distributed

CNJ staff Vouchers for the purchase of fruits and vegetables at the Clovis Farmers’ Market will be distributed on Friday to individuals enrolled in the commodity supplemental food program. The $28 vouchers will be issued on first-come, first-serve basis at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 317 E. Second St., according to […]

Restricting energy won’t cool global warming problem

By Freedom Newspapers The House of Representatives voted last week to impose $16 billion in new taxes on the oil industry and give away billions of dollars in tax breaks for so-called “renewable” energy schemes. The proposals will only drive energy costs higher, while limiting availability and giving foreign oil producers more sway in the […]

Flea market option comes to Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Vendors set up their stands Saturday at the Clovis Flea Market on Seventh Street and R.L. Moreno Road. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The last flea market brought the Purriers to Clovis from Minnesota about two years ago. But when they got here, it closed. So, Sherry Purrier said, they […]

Produce-ing profits

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Sonya Burson and Harrison Bentley sell spaghetti squash, grown from Burson’s farm in Portales, at the Clovis Farmers Market. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Aside from learning languages, Zigrid Steinbergs, 82, spends most of his time in his two acres of land in Portales tilling the soil. “I’ve been growing […]

Business Feature: Market on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A home is built on the corner of Jaydn Lane and Norris Street. Since June 2006, 52 new homes have sold in Clovis, according to Gayla Brumfield, president and owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Even with sales lagging, local real estate agents […]

Business Feature: Store caters to fans of New Mexican music

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Carolina Sierra stands in front of merchandise on display in her store, Carolina’s New Mexico Music. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum […]

Era ending soon for family furniture shop

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CNJ Staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ronnie and Venita Brooks have run Shipley Furniture since 1980, when they purchased it from Venita’s parents, Fred and Ruby Shipley. The couple said the store will close within the next few weeks. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One day a customer, well past retirement age, entered Shipley Furniture […]

Auto parts business back, in bigger store

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Ronnie Marez of Clovis holds a wall steady Monday at the construction site for the Checker Auto Parts store on North Prince Street. According to Marez, of Allstate Mechanical, the store should open in July. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Checker Auto Parts is returning to Clovis with a […]

Internet unleashes power of freedom

Freedom Newspapers In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of […]

March 15, 1939

A 700-pound steel safe taken in the burglary of Clovis Food Market, 416 Pile, was found abandoned about eight miles north of town. The safe had been pried open and officials said “several hundred dollars” had been removed. … Clovis stayed “wet,” voting to continue its current system of licensing liquor sales. The vote was […]

Merger satellite radio’s chance for survival

By Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million […]

March 15, 1939

A 700-pound steel safe taken in the burglary of Clovis Food Market, 416 Pile, was found abandoned about eight miles north of town. The safe had been pried open and officials said “several hundred dollars” had been removed. … Clovis stayed “wet,” voting to continue its current system of licensing liquor sales. The vote was […]

Dow’s big drop doesn’t warrant intervention

By Freedom Newspapers Well, Tuesday was certainly a dramatic day on the stock market, wasn’t it? When the Dow industrials fall 416 points in a single day — even though 3.3 percent is not all that precipitous a decline — people tend to notice and ask questions. Does it signal the end of the Bush […]

Government-run ‘free’ market not truly free

By Freedom Newspapers You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he […]

Intervening in free market won’t help prices

By Freedom Newspapers Former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev once noted, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” He wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was referring to the bad habit politicians have of spending taxpayers’ money on programs that have little or no real […]