No applicants for economic development position

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Alisa Boswell Former Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher’s job has remain unfilled because no on has applied for the position, according to RCCDC Chairman Randy Knudson. “There have been some ads that have gone out on some free state advertising pages on economic development websites,” Knudson said. The position opened up when […]

My turn: Education funding needs reform

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Officials: Economic recovery may take two years

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Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. and New Mexico is moving at a slow rate and isn’t expected to pick up any speed in the new year, according to officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Three Federal Reserve officials visited Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday afternoon, each giving a presentation on […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Demographics drive economic growth

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, preparing to announce his big new economic fix, appointed labor specialist Alan Krueger on Monday as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Need more jobs? Hire a labor expert, of course. Obama and Krueger will not think beyond the paradigm of government stimulus. It worked for Obama’s predecessors, […]

Their view: Projects vital to economic development

Projects vital to economic development Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development state director, writes about economic development in rural New Mexico.

Aug. 17 — ENMU briefs

Governor appoints ENMU grad to post Governor Susana Martinez has appointed an ENMU graduate to the New Mexico Economic Partnership. Gary Tonjes of Albuquerque is the president of Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., a post he has held since 1994. He previously worked for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce; the Odessa, Texas, Chamber of Commerce; and […]

Their view: Recovery won’t happen because of greed

George Speck of Portales writes about why he believes economic growth has been slow: “I have been watching and reading the news and wondering why the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been so intransigent in their position to not close certain tax breaks given to the very rich. I looked back […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Government should spend within means

Freedom New Mexico What happened to our economic recovery? Recent days have seen a slew of negative economic news: • U.S. single-family home prices dropped 0.2 percent in March from February, as measured by the S&P Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas. “The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during […]

Economic development official recruiting tenants for industrial park

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s a pitch Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials believe is a winner when it comes to the Clovis Industrial Park. But the 250-acre park, finished in the summer of 2008, has been slow to attract potential industries. After two-plus years, just one […]

Press release: Xcel to upgrade local power system

Xcel Energy is spending $874,000 to add capacity to the Portales electric distribution system to remedy imbalances in the system that caused power outages in the recent bouts of extremely cold weather. Changes in customer usage patterns and growing electrical load have overburdened portions of the Xcel Energy distribution system in parts of Portales. David […]

A few things you should know about this year’s Ag Expo

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The 19th annual New Mexico Ag Expo is coming, and with it, well over $100,000 in economic impact. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said if 50 out-of-town vendors come, a conservative estimate, they would spend a total of $22,000 to $25,000 in town. Figuring that money will change hands six times […]

Economic activity spiking in region

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Sharna Johnson Portales and Clovis are experiencing economic energy despite a rough economy, according to economic development directors in the communities. Greg Fisher, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation executive director, spoke of expansion in a variety of areas. Recently the Abengoa bioethanol plant reopened after two years of inactivity, employing nearly 50 people, and trucking […]

Their view: Recession result of financial deregulation

Tucumcari resident Leon Logan offers his thoughts on the economic recession in a letter to the editor: The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Alisa Bowell According to many local Clovis and Portales business owners, their holiday sales for 2010 have been good, despite the economic downturn. Randy Petty of Ace Hardware in Clovis said the store’s sales numbers are always at their highest in the summer due to the amount of outdoor products sold in the store. He […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

Bond D will also impact economic growth

Portales’ Jimmie Shearer is among supporters of Bond D for higher education, which is on Tuesday’s election ballot. Here’s Shearer’s letter to the editor:

Government stifles prosperity

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist At this time when most people are clamoring for economic revival, the major debate centers around how it could be achieved. One side, mainly the current administration and its supporters in the academy, believe in some variety of stimulus initiated by the federal government — funneling funds (taken from taxes […]