Tragedy brings native back to Portales

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though it considered staying as Hurricane Katrina left its mark […]

Gas spike not changing driving habits

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers In the wake of the recent level-4 hurricane that wrecked local offshore gasoline production and refining operations, concerns about supply shortage and protests against soaring prices are increasing, even as local officials assure the public that everything is under control. Even with gas prices creeping to an-unheard-of $3 per gallon, […]

Gas prices squeezing people at the pump

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in […]

Revenue paid to state entities

PNT Staff Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick H. Lyons announced that for the fiscal year of 2005 the New Mexico State Office’s beneficiaries were paid $471 million, or $92 million more than fiscal year 2004, according to a press release. “Oil and gas revenues earned by the Land Office and paid into the permanent fund […]

Vacations still continue despite rising gas prices

By: Jeannine Aversa WASHINGTON — Vacationers coping with surging energy prices this summer could take shorter trips or pass up that extra souvenir or fancy dinner. But most people do not seem to be cutting back dramatically on their spending or skipping holiday travel altogether. That helps explain why the tourism business in the United […]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 […]

Tough to talk about days in Santa Fe

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the state […]

Fuel prices dropping during holiday season

By Mike Linn Virgil Helker fills up his gas tank twice a week for frequent trips to Tucumcari and Portales from his Clovis home. While his Buick LeSabre gets good gas mileage, a recent drop in gas prices in the area is saving him even more money. In Clovis, average prices for regular gasoline have […]

Paiz continues family tradition with business

By Laurie Stone This story is part of a News-Tribune weekly feature on business owners who have been at their respective business for five years or more. The Paiz family has been feeding Portales for almost two decades at JJ’s Jumbo Burgers. Pete Paiz is continuing that tradition, as he has run the restaurant for […]

Residents ready their homes for winter weather

Ryan Lengerich As gas prices rise and winter approaches, homeowners have a variety of options to keep energy bills low. One of the best ways to cut costs on the gas bill is insulating your home, which can be pricey but in the long run will helps save money, said Alan Roberts, manager of Trader […]