Boring is good

Small towns have a lot of problems. So do big towns.

Small victories aren’t enough reason to stay

Freedom New Mexico It almost seems like more than five years ago that the United States invaded Iraq. Unfortunately, no clear and satisfactory end to this conflict seems to be on the horizon. This month’s resignation of Adm. William Fallon, leader of the military’s Central Command (CentCom), has been widely attributed to differences with the […]

No place like home

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked if they had a favorite Web site: Here’s what Christian Heller had to say: “I was born in Wedel, Germany, in 1957 — a small town the size of Clovis on the Elbe River west of Hamburg. I look at the scenes around there since they have a […]

Business Digest: Veterinary hospital accredited

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Clovis Veterinary Hospital has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association, according to a news release. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Only 15 percent of all small animal […]

I love SPAM muffins

2 (12-ounce) cans SPAM Classic, divided 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups cornmeal 1/2 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 cups milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup canned corn 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack and Colby Cheese heart shaped muffin pans or small disposable heart-shaped pans Preheat oven to 400F. Slice […]

Business start-up help available

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ruth Sena opened Simply Salads in the Hilltop Plaza earlier this month, but had planned on opening the doors to the all-you-can-eat salad restaurant nearly one month before. The problem was, she custom ordered the salad bar tables, and when you’re opening one small business and not a chain, […]

Customer service pivotal, especially around holidays

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Several years ago, an item I purchased malfunctioned within a matter of weeks. Upon contacting the business, the item was serviced but malfunctioned again. This scenario of repair-malfunction continued for weeks. Most folks who know me will say I am a patient person; it takes a lot to get me […]

Texting yourself costs twice as much

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was out of town on business, and it was dinnertime. Being dinnertime, I was hungry, so much so that driving home on an empty stomach was no option. I knew people in this city, but chose to go it alone for two reasons. First, time is money, and […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Business Digest: Call center gets magazine award

CNJ staff Clovis’ newest call center, American Medical Alert Corp., has been named among “America’s 200 Best Small Companies” in the October 2007 issue of Forbes magazine. According to the issue, AMAC ranks 129th overall and 39th in the listing for five-year earnings per share (EPS) growth. To determine the “200 Best Small Companies,” Forbes […]

Helping small business worth the money

Commentary by Maj. Daniel Dunn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In today’s environment of limited budgets and funding cuts, squadrons rightfully expect the most bang for the buck when contracting for goods and services. However, an integral part of being good stewards of our tax dollars involves much more than getting our requirements at the […]

Be wary of “get rich quick” businesses

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: It’s Everybody’s Business Today’s economy is a lot different than it was one year ago. With interest rates rising and home mortgages with adjustable rates cutting into cash flow; consumers are looking for ways to make more money. In an effort to make quick money, often one will look to start a […]

Size of little consequence in lifetime

Anita Doberman A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my mind to go […]

Size doesn’t always matter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my […]

Clovis area has much to offer

Commentary by Col. Babette Lenfant CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — To be honest, when we first learned about our new assignment to Cannon, we had to look up on the Internet where Clovis was. This is probably not unique to our family, but an easy way to learn a lot about eastern New Mexico. While […]

No business owner should go it alone

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist A business owner should be surrounded by people and mentors who can provide sound guidance, direction and encouragement on a consistent or as-needed basis. Lenders, accountants, insurance agents, vendors, business advisors and individuals knowledgeable in the industry can be the safety net for the business owner. These professionals are better […]

Business Digest: Xcel Energy adding jobs

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Co., is adding 65 positions to enhance service to its growing regional customer base, according to a company news release. The utility will re-establish regional divisions based in Amarillo, Lubbock and Roswell, serving the Texas Panhandle, the Texas South Plains and […]

Business Digest: Small businesses must recertify

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New U.S. Small Business Administration regulations require small businesses with federal contracts to recertify their size status, according to an SBA news release. Federal agencies are under congressional directive for small businesses to account for 23 percent of their contracts, the release reads. Recertification is necessary because federal agencies […]

Women’s club membership wavering

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle From left, Alice Pierce, Nancy Barnes, Lala Barnes, Lueja Clark and Wilma Whitener of the Pleasant Hill Women’s Club hold an 1930s membership list that included 38 members. The club currently has 12 active and two inactive members. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill […]

Taquerias offer more authentic Mexican food

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Francisco Hernandez is the manager of Taqueria Jalisco on Seventh Street. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer A taqueria is a small taco stand popular along the beaches and city streets of Mexico. In the High Plains, however, a taqueria is a brightly-painted restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Taqueria Jalisco […]