Tax rates jump for homeowners

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Curry County property tax bills are being mailed this week, and residents who purchased a home since 2005 may be in for a shock, county tax officials said. The reason: a new property assessment system based on market value. Most people who bought a house in 2005 built in […]

Local agents feel Dow rise a good omen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Local agents are suggesting investors stand pat and enjoy the ride after the Dow Jones Industrial average closed Thursday at a record high for a third straight day. Dean Turvaville of Edward Jones Investments in Clovis said the Dow’s gains are the rewards for investors who put faith in […]

Market offers fresh veggies, fruit

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Joe and Laurie Haseloff of Farwell load their pickup truck with watermelons and cantaloupes Friday evening to take to the Clovis Farmer Market that opens today at Pile and Fourth streets. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer THE FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to […]

Portales feed mill changes hands

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Garvey Processing’s feed mill operation in Portales was sold Aug. 1 to a California company that specializes in dairy feed plants. J.D. Heiskell & Co., headquartered in Tulare, Calif., announced its acquisition of the Portales operation late this week in a news release. The purchase was made from Garvey’s parent […]

New owners of Melrose roadside fruit stand promise same service

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Richard Cummings, left, of Clovis shops for fresh peanuts and cider Monday afternoon at the Melrose Market, while manager Margie Plummer provides assistance. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the longtime owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located […]

Local Realtors expect increase in housing demands

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new mission. […]

Government should let Web regulate itself

Freedom Communications Inc. The cost of cable TV could get cheaper if a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday becomes law. HR5252 would allow phone companies, such as Verizon, “to get television franchises by applying to the Federal Communications Commission rather than by negotiating them one by one with thousands of […]

Prepackaged ‘news’ no business of FCC

Tibor Machan Syndicated columnist It looks like some media outlets are making use of prepackaged “news” produced by the state department and various corporations. The Center for Media and Democracy, a left-wing media watch group, did a study in which it found that “at least 77 television stations were making use of these faux news […]

U.S. has responsibility to keep liberty alive

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist The Foundation for Economic Education, located in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 6. On that occasion, the Foundation held its third annual Adam Smith Award Dinner, with ABC-TV award-winning correspondent John Stossel as master of ceremonies. I’m pleased to report that I was the recipient of this […]

4/4 Business digest

Agriculture market news director named Gary Lewis is the livestock market news director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, according to a news release from the agency. He will oversee the cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock Market News Service, and be responsible for providing livestock and grain market news data […]

1/24 Local roundup

Woman dies in one-vehicle wreck A Muleshoe woman was found dead Monday morning after officials said she was ejected from her pickup truck on Farm to Market Road 298, 22 miles southwest of Muleshoe. Kathleen Dann Waggoner, 42, was found on the west side of the road. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety […]

General Motors’ job cuts painful but necessary

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]

Curtailing profits will only lead to stagnation

Freedom Newspapers Far too much is being made about allegedly “obscene” oil company profits, most often by demagogues trying to whip up the mob with allegations of “price gouging,” industry collusion and “profiteering.” We expect this from politicians and pundits of the anti-capitalist stripe, and from greens reluctant to point the finger at a U.S. […]

Market should determine prices

CNJ Editorial Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed like a good idea at one time and no longer does, but extricating yourself presents as many problems as the status quo? If so, you know how the federal government must feel as it tries to end its involvement in tobacco growing. Begun […]

Some dairy owners lobbying against income loss program

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Randy Lozano sprays cows udders before attaching them to the milking machine Friday at Sky Country Farms dairy. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and […]

Price controls on gas may fuel market distortions

Freedom Newspapers Disco. Earth Shoes. Pet rocks. Eight-track tape players. Jimmy Carter. Please, let’s not go back to the 1970s. They’re trying in Hawaii, imposing gasoline price controls that well could bring back that horror of the 1970s, gas lines. The only state with higher average prices than California, the Aloha State will soon put […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Weekend fair in Santa Fe displays American Indian art, literature

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Day Trips suggests options for family outings that can be completed in a day from the Clovis-Portales area. The opinions expressed in the reviews are strictly those of the writer. In the 1920s, Santa Fe residents first held an Indian art fair at the Santa Fe Armory. […]

Restaurant industry continues growing in Clovis

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A server at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar spent Thursday training at the new restaurant. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In the last year, Clovis has seen several national chains enter the restaurant market as well as numerous smaller chains and independent firms. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, which will […]

Government farm programs hinder free trade

Freedom Newspapers One of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all else […]