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 […]

Obama wants to drill —

Freedom New Mexico Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward […]

Indigent care demands jump

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Demand for indigent care has jumped almost 40 percent at one local hospital and increased four-fold at area clinics for the poor and under-insured. Administrators at Plains Regional Medical Center and La Casa Family Health Centers in Clovis and Portales say they believe the reason for such huge increases […]

Xcel: Controlled outages possible

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. […]

Demand a strong influence on gas prices

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico To promote the Philadelphia 76ers making the NBA playoffs, a Philadelphia gas station offered gas for 76 cents a gallon. The promotion started at noon Friday, and cars lined the block as early as 6:30 a.m. You know, I like cheap gas as much as anybody else, but you […]

October 9, 1958

• Robert Dunn, head of the local New Mexico State Employment office, announced that peanut shockers were in demand for the local area. • An advertisement for Piggly Wiggly announced that customers would receive a free five-pound bag of Pure Cane Sugar with each $10 or more purchase. • “The Fly” was the featured film showing […]

Government proposals will hinder market

Editorial T he House of Representatives voted last week to impose $16 billion in new taxes on the oil industry and give away billions of dollars in tax breaks for so-called “renewable” energy schemes. The proposals will only drive energy costs higher, while limiting availability and giving foreign oil producers more sway in the U.S. […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

Landlords have hands — and apartments — full in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As soon as an apartment or house opens up for rent in Portales someone is there to lease it and many realtors are having to turn away prospective renters. Everyone involved in the property management business is having to turn away inquiries and most have only a few apartments […]

Holiday shoping begins

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a limited number of laptops on sale during the first official day of the holiday shopping season. “They only […]