Press release: NM gas prices up 2.1 percent

New Mexico, January 24- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Stores aim to stock locally-grown produce

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Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in U.S. stores over the next five years, bringing the total to 9 percent by 2015. The amount is higher than some area merchants, but still trails […]

Temple Grandin our own saint

The Vatican has proclaimed Sister Theresa a saint. It was one of those wonderful recognitions that allow Christians in particular, and humanitarians in general, to put aside our differences and appreciate humans who have made the world a better place. As time passes and the erosion of years smooth our memories we can look back […]

Peanut harvest up, early

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Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields and good-quality nuts, farmers and processors are saying. The recent lack of rain has also put the harvest on track to finish early. Roosevelt County farmer Craig Breshears estimated he was harvesting 10 percent to 15 percent more peanuts this year. He said […]

Jail population increasing

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Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. Clay Layher […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. “We don’t […]

Graduation guest speaker stresses importance of higher education

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how families are beginning to establish traditions of higher education at the university. “Many of these students have come from […]

Higher health care costs product of reform

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]