Pipeline should satisfy everyone

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I am writing on behalf of the village of Logan to explain to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties our position concerning the proposed pipeline that the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is planning to build to pump water out of Ute Lake. To begin with, I am sure it will come as […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Clovis has plenty to appreciate

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Gayla Brumfield Over the past few weeks I have been holding office hours at the library and it has been great to be visited by members of the public and having the opportunity to discuss all the exciting projects going on in our community. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect and focus on […]

Officials: Economic improvement will be slow-paced

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Thomas Siems, director of economic outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, talks to Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students and community members about economy Wednesday afternoon at the university. Three Federal Reserve Bank officials gave presentations on their economical studies. Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. […]

Federal reserve officials making economic presentations

Freedom New Mexico Officials from the El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations 3 p.m. Wednesday in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building at Eastern New Mexico University. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic will be “Crisis, Recession and Recovery: What’s Next […]

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, […]

ENMU enrollment boost attributed to recruitment team, economy

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Jacob Jones, a recruiter in the Enrollment Services Department at Eastern New Mexico University talks to an ENMU freshman about homesickness Wednesday morning. Director of Enrollment Services Cody Spitz said recruiting new students is a team effort among students, faculty and employees at ENMU. He said this has contributed to […]

Business digest —

Clovis MainStreet receives accreditation Clovis MainStreet was one of 11 MainStreet projects in the state to receive national accreditation for commercial district revitalization, according to a release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. It is the third straight year the Clovis office has received the accreditation. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said that with […]

Demographics drive economic growth

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, preparing to announce his big new economic fix, appointed labor specialist Alan Krueger on Monday as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Need more jobs? Hire a labor expert, of course. Obama and Krueger will not think beyond the paradigm of government stimulus. It worked for Obama’s predecessors, […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Government should spend within means

Freedom New Mexico What happened to our economic recovery? Recent days have seen a slew of negative economic news: • U.S. single-family home prices dropped 0.2 percent in March from February, as measured by the S&P Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas. “The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during […]

Udall to stop in Clovis, Portales

CNJ staff Sen. Tom Udall is scheduled to stop in Clovis and Portales Friday and Saturday as part of his small business and economic development tour, according to a news release from his office. Friday, Udall is slated to participate in an economic development roundtable discussion in Portales. Also, according to the release, in Clovis, […]

Economic freedom leads to prosperity

Freedom New Mexico The 2011 “Index of Economic Freedom,” compiled by the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, contains some good news about much of the world, but disturbing news about the United States. The good news first. The global average for economic freedom inched up slightly from 59.4 to 59.7 during the […]

Letter to the editor: Clean energy creates employment

The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common sense” and “approach to state politics and decreased governmental regulation of New Mexico industries.” “Common sense” is […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

Proposals won’t ease economic spending woes

Freedom New Mexico Three stimulus proposals announced over the Labor Day weekend by President Barack Obama are a curious stew. It’s possible the administration finally realizes that taxes have economic consequences. But the proposals may be too little to stimulate reticent businesses, fearful of expanding or investing because of monumental tax landmines that lie ahead, […]

Obama needs to take cue from Reagan

Freedom New Mexico On Aug. 13, 1981, President Ronald Reagan, at his modest hideaway in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, Calif., signed into law perhaps the most aggressive tax cut in U.S. history. Friday marked the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and should remind us, in a […]

Press release: Clovis MainStreet wins award

The New Mexico MainStreet Program celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday with an awards banquet in Albuquerque. The evening brought together representatives from all 23 New Mexico MainStreet communities, national MainStreet luminaries and various local leaders to honor the program’s silver anniversary. “New Mexico MainStreet has been a vital part of our economic development over the […]

Wind company expects first turbine to go up near end of June

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The first turbine in a windfarm planned about a half mile south of the city’s landfill is expected to be erected by the end of June. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine manufacturing facility coming to Clovis is pushing projections by about a month but is still […]

Business feature: Local businesses expanding with economic recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sonic Drive-in’s Area Manager Jim Howard said his company chose a lot on U.S. 60/84 as its third location because a demographics study pointed to the area as a solid investment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the economy starting to turn the corner, local businesses are expanding and […]