Clovis holds first Trade Days show

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The finish wasn’t perfect for Lee Chaffee, but the price was. A California native, and a resident of Clovis for the last seven years, Chaffee left Curry County’s first Trade Days show about $40 poorer. However, she also left with a bag of books and clothes and an antique […]

10-26 Local Briefs

Pumpkin Trade is Saturday The Office of Student Activities at Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the Pumpkin Trade canned food drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the C&S parking lot, First and Avenue C in Portales. Residents can exchange canned goods for a pumpkin during the drive. Information: 562-2631. Team sponsoring […]

Festival fun

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laughter, and the smell of Navajo tacos and frying potatoes, filled the air during the annual Peanut Valley Festival being held on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. On the front lawn, students from Mesalands Community College’s farrier science program and blacksmith team were hard at work forging and […]

Republican candidates ensuring Democratic president in 2008

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential panel presentation — to call it a debate is to do serious injustice to a respectable format — on business and economics, most of the candidates reverted to tried-and-true Republican tropes. Almost all of them say they are for low taxes, “reasonable” regulation and reduced government spending. After experiencing six years […]

Agricultural tariffs barrier to beneficial worldwide trade

Editorial The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be tragic […]

Governor says large ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant will be […]

Vikings trade Baskett to Philly

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — After sitting through the recent National Football League draft and never hearing his named called, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has now been a part of two NFL organizations. Shortly after the draft, Baskett signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, they traded […]

President Bush needs to lift tariffs to prevent recession

Freedom Newspapers Just as the Gulf Coast struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration has tossed another obstacle in the way that makes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s bungled disaster relief seem like a minor wrinkle. It’s no secret that construction costs are on the rise, and part of the reason is enormous […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Austalia seeks free dairy trade

Mike Linn Local dairy operators are fearful a proposed free trade agreement the president is negotiating with Australia may negatively impact their future business. Terms of the agreement are scheduled to be released this week, and early indications are that Australia is seeking free trade of dairy products into the United States, according to Matt […]

Car dealers discuss new law

Jack King Area used-car dealers had varying reactions to the state’s new lemon law, which went into effect on Jan. 1. “We’re going to have to be very careful about disclosures, telling where (the vehicle) came from and what we did to it. We’re also going to have to be careful about trade-in’s, because if […]