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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Arson suspected in vacant home fire

CNJ staff Officials are conducting an arson investigation into a fire in a vacant home in the 300 block of Oak Street May 5 that caused more than $25,000 of damage, according to police reports. Fire personnel extinguished a small fire last week that had been started in the home and caused significant damage. The […]

Walk of life

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cancer survivors line up for the first lap at the Clovis Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park outside of Clovis on Friday night. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The sun set on the thousands at Clovis’ Ned Houk Park, but the laps, laughs and memories continued throughout the […]

Fort Sumner sweeps Fox-Vixen Relays

FORT SUMNER — Cass Dimitroff took two individual titles and helped the 800 relay team to victory Saturday as Fort Sumner took the boys small-school championship in the Fox-Vixen Relays. The Foxes finished with 108 points to 93 for runnerup Pecos. Meantime, Fort Sumner’s girls got wins from Laurel Herrera in shot put and discus […]

Governor: Minimum wage bill his ‘crown jewel’

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Small business workshops set

CNJ Staff The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College has several upcoming workshops for small business owners and self-employed individuals as well as one for commercial loan officers, according to its Web site. • A two-session QuickBooks basic workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and March 17 at Clovis […]

Government unheralded customer

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Business owners should always keep an eye on new product or client markets. The government — federal, state and local — is a common market, perhaps overlooked at times. Government entities have a need for products and services small businesses produce. However, selling products and services to the federal government […]

Business Feature: Partnership promotes growth

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Maria Carrasco, co-owner of Maria’s Montessori School. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor As the owners of Maria’s Montessori School, Phillip and Maria Carrasco foster an environment that allows children to excel at their own rate. That philosophy has enabled them to excel in their business with assistance of the […]

Grady official: It could happen anywhere

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The […]

Church Profile: Sandia Baptist Church

Church: Sandia Baptist Church Location: 1100 West Manana Blvd., Clovis. Who’s in charge: Pastor Jason Schwope Services: Sunday • 9:15 a.m. Bible study • 10:30 a.m. Morning worship • 6 p.m. Evening worship • 6 p.m. Small groups in home Wednesday • 6 p.m. Meal • 7 p.m. All age groups meet Good time to […]

Ornaments include sentiment

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Delores Eichenberger of Clovis points to a Christmas ornament that decorates the tree her husband, Frank Eichenberger, inherited from his grandparents.(CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared the history behind their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in […]

Small-town life never monotonous

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “Why didn’t you wake me up?” asked The Lady of the House last Saturday morning. “I figured you wanted to sleep in,” I said. “What are you talking about? We’ve got stuff to do.” Before I knew it we were bundled up against the cold and off in search of […]