Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen […]

Farmers’ markets cropping up

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With the farmers’ market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” The heat, […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Commodities market risky

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Argen Duncan Speculation in agricultural commodities markets is causing greater volatility in prices than in the past, affecting everyone from the farmer to the consumer, according to farmers and grain dealers in eastern New Mexico. Agricultural commodities are certain farm products, including corn, wheat, milk, cheese and cotton, that are traded internationally, much like the […]

Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

Ethanol subsidies test of Republicans’ resolve

Congressional Republicans face a test of their newly rediscovered principles. They can save taxpayers billions of dollars and spur the free market simply by allowing to expire at year’s end the subsidies for domestic ethanol production and tariffs on imported ethanol. We soon will know whether the GOP, re-energized by the Tea Party, lives up […]

Elida flea market set for Saturday

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The township of Elida is having a flea market Saturday with arts and crafts, homemade barbecue and ice cream, and a chance to get to know a place that was once the same size as Portales. “The idea was to sort of promote the town,” organizer Judy Dukes said. “It’s an older, dying community with […]