Gasoline prices continue to rise throughout U.S.

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Brad Foss: The Associated Press Gasoline prices leaped nationwide Wednesday as key refineries and pipelines remained crippled by Hurricane Katrina, crimping supplies and leading to caps on the amount of fuel delivered to retailers. Wednesday in Portales, gas prices averaged $2.75 per gallon for regular unleaded. Javier Gomez filled up his truck at the Town […]

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 […]

Mileage standards could be much better

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require […]

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 […]

Fuel prices hitting businesses hard

By David Irvin Burgeoning fuel prices are gouging into budgets of private businesses and government organizations alike. With no end to the record-high prices in sight, most companies and government agencies are left with little option but to absorb the cost. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spent $397 […]

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 […]

Prudence is needed in robust housing market

By Randy Johnson Double, double, toil and trouble: Is there really a bubble? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is a good question. A bubble traditionally has been defined as a situation where the price of an object rises because of an expectation that it will keep rising, not because the rise is based upon fundamental […]

Local pharmacists concerned about international prescription drugs

By Michelle Seeber Pharmacists in Portales are concerned about support for legalizing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe. Dick Haverland, pharmacist at C.J.’s Pill Box Pharmacy, said his main concern was guaranteeing the purity of medications and ensuring they wouldn’t be forgeries. “(Verification is) pretty hard to do over the internet,” Haverland said. “If […]

Dr. Language has some bones to pick

Bob Huber Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the word “Thesaurus.” But […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]