Ag industry solid foundation for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “I am not concerned about the local economy as we don’t rely entirely on the banking industry or the stock market. We tend to forget how much money the farm and ranch industry, which includes the dairies, bring into the local economy, not to mention the […]

Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board

City of Clovis Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board needs a volunteer representing the hotel industry. The committee meets quarterly to make recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding disbursement of the lodger’s tax. Claire Burroughes, 763-9653.

FCC regulation would limit cable choices

By Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Biotech coming to Clovis

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis. The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility. “It’s the center […]

Subsidies don’t do energy market any service

By Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Ag Sense: Consortium looks to increase dairy business

By G. Robert Hagevoort: ENMU diary specialist Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen tremendous growth in the dairy industry in the last several years. New Mexico ranks seventh in the nation in milk production, and will soon take over the No. 6 spot behind classic dairy states such as Wisconsin, California and Pennsylvania. […]

Internet wagering under attack

By Nancy Zuckerbrod: The Associated Press o House will vote on bill today that would clarify laws. WASHINGTON — Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables won’t like what Congress is doing. On Tuesday, the House plans to vote on a bill that would ban credit cards for paying online bets and could padlock […]

Ag Sense: Dairy industry leads state’s agricultural activity

By Victor E. Cabrera: Guest columnist New Mexico residents not directly involved in the state’s growing dairy industry may not realize the dairy business is now the leading agricultural activity in the state and a top contributor to the national milk market. In fact, New Mexico is the seventh-largest milk-producing state, providing 7.1 (4 percent) […]

The battle for your buck

The lure of easy money is a temptation for some Airmen who then find themselves spiraling further into debt. Janet Taylor-Birkey Easy money often lures Airmen down road to financial nightmares (Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about Airmen and their money) Signing on the dotted line can take on a […]

Loss of jobs not sign of industry downfall

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist According to some pundits and political hustlers, free trade has led to a loss of “good manufacturing jobs.” Let’s look at it, but before doing so, let’s first see whether we should work ourselves into a tizzy over other job losses. In 1900, 41 percent of the U.S. labor force […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

Public-interest agency becoming tyrannical

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants. Let’s look at their agenda, which seeks greater control over our lives. Last year, CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the […]

Legislators review session

Sen. Stuart Ingle of R-Portales, center, talks with Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, right, and Walter Bradley, director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America Inc’s southwest area. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy […]

Taylor, Dixie

Dixie Irene Taylor, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in San Antonio. She worked in the banking industry for 29 years. She was also employed as a certified nursing aide and worked in the printing industry for the last decade. Family members said she was a loving wife and grandmother. Survivors […]

Unexpected revenue no cause for new tax

Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain fascination with the sheer numbers. ExxonMobil posted a profit of $10.7 billion in the last quarter of 2005 and a profit for the year of around $36 billion. News stories generally featured people who could be depended upon to express appropriate outrage, and a few members of Congress […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Dairy industry has to follow regulations

Guest Columnist: Sharon Lombardi Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial 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 […]

MP3s won’t be death of music industry

By Kevin Wilson: Guest Columnist And so the conversation went on my phone one evening, as I spoke with a friend I hadn’t talked to for about two months. “So,” she queried, “do you have a girlfriend right now?” I answered, “No, I have something better.” “Fiancee?” she blurted out, with a combination of happiness […]