State legislators talk business

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Small business owners need to get more involved in the creation of state regulations pertaining to businesses, according to Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure. More than 70 people attended Friday’s ACI breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, including small business owners and city, county and state […]

Businesses to receive census forms

Freedom New Mexico Businesses throughout the country, including those in Curry and Roosevelt counties, will receive the 2007 Economic Census this week, the U.S. Bureau of the Census announced Friday. “Economic census forms that businesses receive in December will tell us how we are changing as a nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg Jr., the Census Bureau’s […]

FCC needs to stay away from cable industry

Editorial Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry a chance to […]

Pain at the pump

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don’t expect the price of gasoline to go down anytime soon. In fact, gasoline prices are going to continue to rise, according to travel and oil industry officials. Richard Horn, who was filling his car up Wednesday night at the C&S Valero station in Portales, and said he’d noticed […]

DairyFest celebrates industry

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Angelica Martinez aimed her lasso carefully before throwing it this time. The 6-year-old’s family cheered as she finally caught the elusive plastic calf. The United Dairy Women held their second annual DairyFest Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. About 50 booths lined the center’s parking lot offering games and information […]

Subsidies not answer to energy problems

Editorial The slogan for public consumption is “energy independence,” with a modest but not especially sincere bow to concern about climate change. But as congressional leaders prepare energy bills they hope to pass by mid-July, the coal industry is quietly lobbying for billions — yes, literally billions — of dollars in subsidies, price guarantees and […]

Governor asks oil industry to help

The Associated Press The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has called on the oil and gas industry for a second time to pitch in $50 million to help consumers with high gasoline prices, but an industry leader says supply will have to increase and demand must decrease before prices will come down. […]

Administration is answerless for oil price questions

Freedom Newspapers Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality. And the reality is America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the position the New Mexico Peanut Growers recommended him for the appointment. His term will end on […]