Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) being reported in young people in Curry and Roosevelt is above the state average and that has public health officials concerned. Specifically, Curry and Roosevelt counties rate above the state average with chlamydia, HPV and Gonorrhea, according to officials at the New Mexico Department of Health […]

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Heading Home: The art and science of diapering

The following is an excerpt from “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition): At an average of 25 cents per diaper for brand-name disposables and about 3,000 diapers, you can expect to spend around $750 during your first year of diapering _ and that’s not even factoring in wipes, diaper creams, […]

Dry weather plagues counties

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Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these last six month: Dry. Bone dry, say officials who keep track. The National Weather Service said New Mexico average precipitation for March was ranked as the third driest since 1895, when they started keeping count. The weather service reports from October through March, Clovis received […]

Press release: N.M. gas prices up nearly five cents per gallon last week

New Mexico, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g (Sunday). This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Press releases: Statewide gas price average stays same

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) — Motorists in New Mexico are paying on average $3.47 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline. The statewide average has remained the same since last week, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. Nationally prices are at $3.55 a gallon. The statewide average is 8 cents less than the […]

Press release: Gas prices climb 9

(IRVING, TEXAS) —- Motorists in New Mexico are paying on average $3.47 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline, a nine-cent hike in one week, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. In the last two weeks prices in New Mexico increased 27 cents. Nationally prices this week jumped 10 cents to $3.53 […]

Press release: New Mexico weekly gas price update

New Mexico, January 31- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.08/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in […]

Press release: Gas prices in NM increase for fourth week in row

(Irving, Texas) —- After a month of steady increases in gasoline prices during 2011, consumers are seeing some moderation at the pump as oil prices dropped this past week. Oil on Thursday fell below the $86 a barrel range for the first time since mid-November. Just two weeks ago oil was above $92 a barrel […]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Portales Past: July 11, 1960

July 11, 1960: Bill Molder and Claudia Prince were honored as the top bowlers at Pinspotter Lanes. Molder rolled a 256 average in June; Prince had a 224 average.

Farmers predicting good wheat harvest

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

ENMU rodeo women finish fourth, men sixth

Freedom New Mexico Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in […]

Feb. 19, 1974

The Portales News-Tribune reported the national gas pinch was hitting the area, causing three Portales fuel stations to place “No Gas” signs at their stores. However, the local prices were slightly cheaper than the national average. Gas cost 43 cents at many local stations while the nation-wide average was 49 cents.

Xcel seeks to increase rates

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]