County commission hopes caliche crushing contract will be a fuel saver

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners approved a bid for on-site at the pit caliche crusher services at their regular meeting Tuesday in an effort to save on fuel. County Manager Charlene Hardin said caliche material has been hauled to road jobs in larger chunks that required breaking up and extra work […]

Smart driving, vehicle maintenance can save gas

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer With gas at an average of $3.99 a gallon consumers are looking for ways to improve and increase their gas mileage. Automobile manufacturers are developing newer vehicles that are fuel efficient. But what about people who are trying to get the best mileage possible from an older vehicle? Local […]

City, county face increasing fuel budgets

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT staff writer

Summer lunch program expects more participants this year

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Record-high fuel and grocery prices may translate into more children seeking free meals in a summer lunch program, sponsored by Portales Municipal Schools, which begins on Tuesday. “I’m actually anticipating our participation to go up this year because of high gas prices and grocery prices,” said Shirley Chatterton, food […]

Warrant issued in Grady station fuel theft

Freedom New Mexico An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 54-year-old Curry County man in connection with the theft of approximately 465 gallons of fuel from a Grady fuel station, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel is accused of stealing gas on three separate occasions […]

Challenges ahead, but bio-fuels promising

Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Several obstacles have to be overcome, according to experts, but alternative fuels production could be a viable economic development option for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Alternative fuels production was the topic of a seminar by New Mexico State extension agents Wednesday at the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. There […]

Cannon construction contract approved

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A $12.1 million contract to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base has been approved, according to a press release issued Friday by Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. First funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process, the project involves the renovation […]

Fuel prices drive up trucking costs

By Casey Peacock The rising cost of fuel prices are cause for concern with local trucking companies, industries and agriculture producers. With 18 trucks in their fleet that travel across the country delivering goods, WTI in Portales is facing the rising costs of fuel. Each truck carries an average 300 gallons and at the average […]

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. […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]