Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in [...]

Coordinator hoping for growth with Elida’s Christmas on the Square

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Alisa Boswell Elida’s Christmas on the Square event will be held for the second year on Dec. 3. Michelle Ward, owner of The Little Things in Elida and the main coordinator for the event, said the first year was successful with visitors from not only Roosevelt County but also from Clovis, Muleshoe and Roswell. “A [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings [...]

Tuesday morning briefing: Business interests and local growth

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Interested in the business world of Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce newsletter, “Communiqu

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the [...]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon [...]

Their view: Reforms needed to spur state’s economic growth

Vic Bruno is treasurer and a board member of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He says the foundation has several ideas on how to spur economic growth in New Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion in New Mexico of ways to jump-start our struggling [...]

Census shows increases in Portales

Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as growth at Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico University helped fuel double-digit percentage growth between the 2000 U.S. Census numbers and the 2010 numbers. The Portales population jumped 10.3 percent from 11,131 to 12,280, according to figures available at census.gov. “It was a little above [...]