With God, peace always possible in troubled world

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist In this world of economic meltdown, we tend to lose our joy, allowing anxiety, worry and depression to dominate. If it helped to worry, it might be worth it. Yet worry is like a rocking chair. You don’t get anywhere. Sin is a terrible thing, and it is not an […]

Film industry wins fight to keep incentives

By Robert Not: The New Mexican The sponsor of a legislative effort to kill the state’s popular film-production incentives said Tuesday his bill is dead. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, acknowledged defeat after film industry supporters passionately argued that the movie business is their economic life blood. HB725 would repeal the 25 percent tax credit and […]

Lujan economic recovery tour comes to Clovis

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM will be in Clovis on Thursday meeting with several groups to discuss the stimulus package recently passed in Washington, D.C. The tour begins at 9 a.m. when Curry County Commissioners convene a special meeting to hear a briefing on economic recovery and investment policy. At noon, Lujan is meeting […]

Cannon lines up for stimulus package funds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is jumping on the economic stimulus bandwagon, submitting a wish list of several expansion projects. The U.S. Air Force is in line to receive millions in funding for projects through President Barack Obama’s stimulus package approved Tuesday by the Senate. Obama said he expects a […]

Unemployment rates rise in Roosevelt, Curry counties

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By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent jump from 3.2 percent a year ago. Smaller increases occurred in Curry […]

Porn industry fine without federal dollars

Freedom New Mexico The porn industry wants economic stimulus. It wants a federal bailout, which should resolve any confusion as to what this country has become. Some don’t believe in the free market’s ability to turn garbage into gold, to deliver anything and everything a consumer could ever want. People like that have never examined […]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” […]

County official: Local economy going strong

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is in good economic standing in the midst of the country’s economic difficulties, according to the director of the county’s community development corporation. Greg Fisher told the Roosevelt County Commission the county’s strong milk and peanut production are pluses because in hard economic times, people are consuming […]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Democratic women to meet

PNT staff Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Meb Bolin, retired economics professor, will present insights into the current economic crisis. The meeting is open to the public.

Grant keeps business in Portales

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Tina Hughes was considering relocating the family business to Clovis but decided to stay in Portales thanks to an economic development grant. Hughes and her husband Craig owned Craig Hughes Trailers and Craig Hughes Welding at the intersection of N.M. 467 and U.S. 70. After Craig Hughes died two […]

Economic development update shared

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After a little more than nine months on the job as economic development director, Greg Fisher gave a progress report at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Really what this effort has been all about is a partner ship,” Fisher said. “We’ve been prospecting for new business but most importantly about […]

City feels conference’s economic impact

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Jim Clark didn’t notice too many new customers in the two Clovis restaurants he owns, but he just needed to see Clovis’ streets to know the impact of the New Mexico Municipal League. “I’ve seen the buses just running around all over town,” said Clark, who owns Dakota Steakhouse […]

Ethanol suspect in economic crunch

By Pat Lyons, Guest Columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]

State Senate Dist. 27 candidate: Stuart Ingle

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Name: Stuart Ingle Age: 60 Occupation: Farmer and rancher Office: Senate District 27 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Current District 27 Senator and Senate Minority Leader. What type of economic development suits eastern New Mexico, and how could you as a legislator facilitate it?Economic development for eastern New Mexico should:A. Be able to train […]

Council approves economic incentive

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City Council members approved the spending of $43,148 for capital improvements for

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Pearce talks Cannon, immigration

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stopped in Clovis on Tuesday on his campaign trail through eastern New Mexico. In his sixth year as a representative, Pearce is running for the Senate seat held by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici will retire at the end of his term this year. […]

Wilson talks water, economic development in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., visited Clovis on Tuesday on her campaign trail for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici. Domenici will retire when his term ends this year. Wilson has served for nearly 10 years as District 1 representative. The district includes Albuquerque, Torrance County and […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an air quality permit Tuesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said. The company needed the permit to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. Childs said costs of constructing and operating […]