Their view: Small businesses need to be given credit

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

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Financial services return to local centers

By Staff Sgt. Richard A. Williams Jr.: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — The processing of military pay transactions will move from the Air Force Financial Service Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to base-level financial services offices beginning in August. The return of military pay transactions to local level is a part […]

How a lemonade stand can change your child’s life

Lemons for Life

Alison Storm Trying to raise the next Bill Gates or Blake Mycoskie? Some say entrepreneurship starts at a young age. But if your child’s lemonade stand goes bankrupt, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed to raise an entrepreneur, according to financial expert Rachel Ramsey Cruze. She’s the daughter of bestselling author and radio talk show […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Monday morning briefing: Where to wear your heart, financial aid and here come the 70s

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing.Fast Valentine fact In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. Thus, the expression “wearing your heart on your […]

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. […]

Their view: Recession result of financial deregulation

Tucumcari resident Leon Logan offers his thoughts on the economic recession in a letter to the editor: The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne: Heilman Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Americans always ready to lend a hand

Last spring many criticized Florida strawberry growers for plowing under their crop when it was obvious that spending more money to pick and distribute it would only add to their financial loss. They were called stingy and greedy by their detractors and told they should harvest the crop and give it to the needy. When […]

Grazing workshop set

Freedom New Mexico A Planned Grazing Workshop for ranchers and land owners is set for June 29-July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Agricultural consultant Kirk Gadzia and Kelly Boney are expected to cover rangeland monitoring, financial planning, land planning and more, according to a press release from Holistic Management, the organization hosting the workshop. Planned grazing […]

Official equates financial, military readiness

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Through outreach and a robust system of educating servicemembers, Defense Department officials are working to keep troops financially fit to fight and protected from predatory lenders, a Pentagon official said. Since the downward turn of the credit market in recent years, […]

Experts: Milk industry financial troubles causing unemployment jump

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials say financial ripples in the milk industry are the major reason unemployment has jumped across Curry and Roosevelt counties. Those same officials believe it will be short lived as the industry emerges from its economic difficulty. The latest data released Thursday shows in February, unemployment in Roosevelt […]

Representative works as link between Cannon, ENMU

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University’s Cannon Air Force Base Representative Julie Hobbs visits Cannon two days a week. She helps military students navigate tuition assistance paperwork among other things. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Julie Hobbs is the Cannon Air Force Base representative for Eastern New Mexico University. She works with […]

Prospective students get taste of college life

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Parents and high school seniors from across New Mexico, Texas and several other states gathered at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday for a lesson in attending college. The annual Green and Silver Day is a chance for parents and their children to learn pointers on financial aid and […]

Work study programs offer financial aid to students

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As functioning businesses, universities are exceptional in that much of their staffs are composed of the customers themselves. Students, particularly work-study students, at Eastern New Mexico University can be seen working the desks in virtually every department on campus. It’s a characteristic of university life that’s not likely to […]

City officials hopeful grassroots effort can save post office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

Government bullied banks into TARP funds

Freedom New Mexico A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]