Their view: Oil speculation inflating gas prices

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this press release Tuesday about oil speculators.

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Internet gas campaign flawed

It’s now Feb. 1, which means we’re two weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and three months from a routine I find even more useless and frustrating. If fuel prices start climbing again — bank on it, with people using more fuel for spring breaks and planning summer trips — get ready to see “Gas Out […]

My turn: Not going to pay your way

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What do you do when someone approaches you in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They need money to go to Albuquerque or somewhere and have run out of gas and don’t have money? That’s a typical line. I get annoyed. I wonder why they’re traveling broke. Do they expect others to finance their trip? At least […]

Gas line repairs completed

PNT staff report Repairs to a ruptured natural gas line in Portales were completed as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a New Mexico Gas Company official. The pipe was broken at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boston Avenue, which led Portales police to evacuate four homes and a daycare center as a precautionary measure. Monica […]

Gas leak leads to evacuation

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A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day because of a nearby gas leak. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the four homes and a daycare center near the corner of North Boston and East Amazon streets were evacuated […]

Movies in 3D not worth upcharge

Kevin Wilson I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a […]

Residents feel pressure at pump

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Alisa Boswell Rising gas prices are tough on everyone. There is Norma Vallejo of Portales, who drives a lot for her job in home health care. She recently found herself borrowing gas money from a friend just to get by. “I think it’s getting worse,” Vallejo said. “Every day, I look at the 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 […]

Friday morning briefing: Turning up the heat, free lunch and ride ‘em sponsors

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Turning up the heat The New Mexico Gas Company has set up $1 million dollar fund to deal with claims filed by customers who have had broken pipes, property damage and business interruption because of weather-related outages. The number is 1-888-NM-GAS-CO.Ride ‘em sponsors The Clovis/Curry […]

Governor orders state offices closed

Freedom New Mexico Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services […]

Natural gas outages affecting portions of New Mexico

Freedom New Mexico Rolling black outs in west Texas and other problems are hampering the delivery of natural gas from New Mexico Gas Company, according to a release Thursday from the company. Although New Mexico Gas Company serves Clovis and Portales, neither community is included in its list of interrupted service. Affected communities listed include: […]

Wind energy costly in long run

Freedom Newspapers Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon […]

Portales past: Sept. 12, 1950

Sept. 12, 1950 Portales Daily News: Judge E.T. Hensley Jr., heard arguments in a case involving a right-of-way for the Southern Union Gas Company.The gas company sought an injunction to stop construction of a residence over its main gas line serving Portales.

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned to the shop floor and four office workers —were let go, according to a company spokesman. The reduction brings the plant’s workforce to 39 employees. Cummins […]

Feb. 20 Commander's Action Line

Q: Seeing that the signs that were installed at all the gas pumps at the Shoppette does not curb the trend of customers fueling and not pulling forward for other customers.

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.

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]