Report: America is the land of the mostly free

Freedom Newspapers Americans love to be No. 1 and we pride ourselves on our freedom. That’s why it’s doubly disappointing that the United States is not ranked No. 1 on the 2004 Index of Economic Freedom, just released by the Heritage Foundation. Worse, as Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner Jr. said, the country has fallen […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]

Taco Box closes its mall location; others still open

By Jack King Tom Martin, owner of the Taco Box restaurants, said the company closed its site in North Plains Mall on Sunday because it was unable to reach an agreement on the extension of its lease with mall owner General Growth Properties. Martin said the North Plains Mall Taco Box had 13 employees, some […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

Cannon, water top priorities for Clovis planners

By Darrell Todd Maurina Water and the retention of Cannon Air Force Base are among Clovis’ highest priorities for continued and expanded growth, community leaders said Monday. “Without water, we cannot have economic development,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “We have (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 coming up and we’ve got to look at these […]

Customers will decide economic growth

From the Editor’s Desk Not everyone is thrilled with the region’s recent economic growth. Some longtime residents are concerned that newcomers will mean dramatic and unpleasant change. Mom-and-pop businesses, they fear, will be driven out by the likes of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Hastings and other chain stores that have opened in Clovis in recent weeks. […]