Rural small business grants offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program has several grant and loan guarantee programs for rural small businesses and agricultural producers, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. For agricultural producers, small rural businesses, corporations formed under Section 17 or those similarly organized, rural electric [...]

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. [...]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 [...]

It’s time to privatize the Power Marketing Administrations

Freedom Newspapers Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing [...]