My turn: Portales couple deserves recognition

Let me tell you about two of your neighbors. For more years than they can count, this husband and wife, who attend University Baptist Church in Portales, and who insisted I not use their names, have had a Sunday tradition. They gather a group of children from potentially at-risk families, feed them breakfast, accompany them […]

Their view: Small businesses need to be given credit

Robert Berman, CEO of Cinium Financial, writes about a challenge for small businesses.

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Their view: Tax credit would benefit rural businesses

John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs offers his view on tax credits for rural businesses.

U.S. credit downgrade long overdue

I heard it reported that Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary of the U.S., said that Standard & Poor’s made a terrible decision when it downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. He claimed this showed that S&P didn’t understand the math that is used to figure the U.S. government’s budget. Yeah, I don’t understand the fantasy […]

Effects of U.S. credit downgrade will be felt over next few years

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Kevin Wilson The recent credit downgrade by Standard and Poor’s won’t have an immediate resonation to Americans beyond rhetoric, but the effects will be felt over the next few years, local bankers and economists said. For the first time in the country’s history, the country’s credit rating was downgraded by a credit agency from “AAA+” […]

Their view: New Mexico’s credit would suffer under debt default

Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Their view: Proposed legislation could cost you more

William Jacobs, chairman of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico, and Sylvia Lyon, CEO, Credit Union Association of New Mexico are concerned about possible legislation that would place caps on the amount credit unions receive on debit transactions. If new legislation passes, large retailers could pocket more of your hard-earned money and force your […]

Farm Credit of New Mexico distributing money to stockholders

Farm Credit of New Mexico will be distributing over $6 million in cash to their stockholders, according to a news release. The money will be distributed as part of the Farm Credit of New Mexico’s Patronage Distribution Program. The release said the cash will be distributed on or before March 31. The distribution will also […]

Portales past: Nov. 8, 1955

Nov. 8, 1955: The Portales Daily News: W.B. McAlister of Portales was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Clovis Production Credit Association.

Dual-credit, remedial education top concerns at town hall meeting

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Argen Duncan Continued support for dual-credit programs, universities’ autonomy and what to do about remedial courses rose to the top of discussion topics at the Higher Education Department Town Hall meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. The department is collecting public input from around New Mexico for a statewide higher education master plan. Secretary […]

Officials at odds over lack of new businesses

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Argen Duncan The national credit crunch is affecting Portales, although opinions differ on how. Several local businesses — Papa Murphy’s, Movie Gallery and La Hacienda — have closed their doors for different reasons during what Roosevelt County Community Development Director Greg Fisher calls a tough time for retail. In addition, Fisher believes strict credit requirements […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Feb. 16, 1973

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Portales National Bank Vice President Gayle Ferguson accepted four bags of money from ENMU Valentine Sweetheart Jan Eversull to be deposited to the credit of the Roosevelt County Heart Fund.

President’s actions don’t warrant Nobel

Freedom New Mexico To his credit, in his acceptance address, President Obama addressed several of the ironies involved in his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace with humility, humor and a thoughtful disquisition on the delicate relationship among conflict, war, fanaticism and peace. Although he made the best of the situation, there was […]

Wide variety of non-credit classes offered

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Leaders at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University say non-credit classes are a direct response to community needs. Judith Spillane, the business and non-credit training coordinator at Clovis Community College, said her institution’s offerings change to meet needs. “We also offer a large number of non-credit online […]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

Nothing wrong with taking credit

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist America or Germany or any other country is often praised for superior achievements while individual Americans or Germans need to show humility lest they be deemed braggarts. Even in sports such as tennis, where there’s a dominance of individual performance, taking credit for doing well is rare. Either […]

Obama urges Congress to act on credit card bill in N.M. stop

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to quickly send him legislation ending abusive credit card practices. But his populist appeal also included a stern warning to shoppers whose eyes are bigger than their budgets. “There’s no doubt that people need to accept responsibility,” Obama said […]

Editorial: Private investors should be part of recovery plan

The latest program to try to stabilize the ailing financial industry, announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is still fundamentally wrong-headed. If the problem was years of overly loose credit offered to marginal borrowers, then the way you get out of it is by taking a rest from overheated and overleveraged credit until various […]