“Kirby man” keeps going

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Lawrence Riggins once sold a vacuum cleaner for a […]

Local agents feel Dow rise a good omen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Local agents are suggesting investors stand pat and enjoy the ride after the Dow Jones Industrial average closed Thursday at a record high for a third straight day. Dean Turvaville of Edward Jones Investments in Clovis said the Dow’s gains are the rewards for investors who put faith in […]

Controlling supply a business key

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: CNJ Columnist Have you heard the story about the young man who walked into the grocery store and was astonished to see pile after pile of salt bags? The young man exclaimed to the owner, “Boy! You must sell a lot of salt.” “No, I hardly ever sell any salt,” the store […]

Government using wrong argument for sale of forest

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration isn’t exactly a fount of sensible policy making, as it spends tax dollars wildly and proposes one government expansion after another. But even when the administration does something wise and reasonable, its Democratic critics howl and squeal to high heaven. The administration announced this month a plan to sell an […]

Dry weather leads to lean cattle

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Absent from the usual High Plains landscape is the fresh green of winter wheat. But with little expected relief from drought-like conditions, crisp, amber fields are just one harsh reality farmers and ranchers in the region must confront. As the major source of food for cattle withers, many have […]

Thieves demean our neighborhoods

CNJ Readers Being a mother to a toddler and trying to keep the domestic front in order is like having two jobs. I am a bit overwhelmed at times. I don’t have the time to do extracurricular activities except for special occasions. On Sunday, my child and I finally had a chance To put up […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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Amanda Bohannan, left, and Stephanie Johnson, both of Clovis, look for Halloween costumes Friday at Joy’s Costume in Clovis. The girls were looking at the possibility of being Wilma and Betty from the Flintstones. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This […]

The selling of spirituality misleads people

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Our recent trip to Sedona, Ariz., brought us in touch with one of the most striking landscapes I have ever encountered. The red rock formations that we were able to do a little hiking among, the spectacular views that we were treated to, and the sensory overload on the beauty […]

Farmers’ Market open for season

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Buddy Jorde sorts through a basket of potatoes Tuesday afternoon. Jorde’s family farms approximately 600 acres and brings produce to sell at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dennis Shaw dusts fresh dirt off one of the red onions he picked just before he came to set […]

Readers want good use made of YRB

Project Reader Reaction Readers want good use made of YRB A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “A city official wants to demolish the city-owned Youth Recreation Building, but the Clovis Bowhunters Club wants to buy the building for $1 and repair it. What do you think?” Some responses: “THIS BUILDING WAS BUILT when I […]

Motorcycle royalty tells company’s history

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Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of four co-founders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, speaks about books she has written on growing up in the family. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, spoke Saturday at Clovis Community College about the humble beginnings of Harley-Davidson, […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Sellers: Ephedra ban won’t hurt business

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Many supplements, like Thermal Cut, had ephedra in them but are now back on the shelves in ephedra-free form. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mike Dlouhy said he stands behind every product he sells. Until Monday that meant ephedra-based products. The owner of Nutri-mart Health Foods on Prince Street […]

Five stores caught in tobacco operation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Melrose businesses were caught in a tobacco sting operation conducted Tuesday by officers from the Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. According to a press release from Agent D. Ledezma-Pinon, the underage tobacco compliance operation targeted rural areas of Curry, De Baca, and Guadalupe counties. […]

No whining about a capitalist Christmas

Tibor Machan Sometimes one ought to repeat a point, even over and over, since it is important enough to call attention to it often. Given that many people, such as celebrities with lots of media exposure, manage to repeat idiotic points, I have resolved to refute them repeatedly. Emma Thompson, whom I rather enjoy as […]

Peddling the fall harvest

By Helena Rodriguez About this time of year, as leaves turn auburn, orange and yellow; bright pumpkins, straight from the patch, add to the colors of the season as they begin appearing at roadside stands. Fall time also means harvest time, a time when passersby can still get the last tastes of summer — in […]

Cosby’s comedy comes to Canyon

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Actor/comedian Bill Cosby is a multiple-Emmy and Grammy Awards winner. Courtesy photo. Helena Rodriguez America’s favorite TV dad and premiere comedian is expected to bring a sell-out crowd to West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Bill Cosby’s performance is slated for 7 p.m. (Central time) on Oct. 9, inside the University Event Center in Canyon. […]

Horses go on the block

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Eldon Krebs, of Gordon, Neb., (far left) watches a video of a horse Saturday along with Ryan Andrews, of Beaumont, Texas, at Clovis Livestock Auction’s Fall Horse Sale. Andrews, who sells horses, has them on video tape for buyers to watch. By Janet Bresenham They come from all over the United States and south and […]