Horsepower stays hidden

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Paul Gaspar, a mechanic for Cummins Natural Gas Engine Co, puts the finishing touches on a ratchet job for an 1,100-horsepower engine Friday afternoon. The company sold approximately 1,500 engines in 2006. (CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It might be a generator that keeps a hospital running in a […]

Cotton growers optimistic

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Cotton stands in a field beside the Parmer County Cotton Grower’s cotton gin waiting to be processed. Cotton yields have already shown an increase over last year’s production. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Spurred by a September heat wave, cotton production in the Texas High Plains is expected to surpass […]

Diesel fuel prices staying high

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As regular unleaded gas prices continue falling, diesel fuel remains at a near-record high. According to New Mexico AAA officials, diesel prices are up about 44 percent from last year while gasoline prices are up 22 percent over the same time period. The hurricanes that swept across the Gulf […]

Transportation bill weakens state’s future

State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton I want to tell your readers why I did not support Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) plan for transportation in this past special session. The way this transportation bill was written allows the state to borrow money from expected future federal revenues to pay for roads now. We want to […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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The Ogallala Aquifer is an excellent source for drinking water because it acts like a natural filter for impurities. By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala […]