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 […]

Farmers’ Market open for season

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Buddy Jorde sorts through a basket of potatoes Tuesday afternoon. Jorde’s family farms approximately 600 acres and brings produce to sell at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dennis Shaw dusts fresh dirt off one of the red onions he picked just before he came to set […]

6/19 Agriculture Digest

Organic farming course offered in Taos Courses in organic farming, photovoltaic and solar hot water design and installation will be held Tuesday through Friday in Taos. Preregistration is required for the courses, which are part of the “Solar Summer Intensive” series. Evening sessions will cover rainwater harvesting, green building, long range land use planning and […]

Cutback decision necessary, healthy part of business

Freedom Newspapers One of the common responses to news that General Motors is slashing its work force by 25,000 — bringing it down to about 125,000 blue-collar and white-collar workers — is that GM is a victim of foreign competition. Published reports suggest that Toyota, whose market share is growing rapidly even as GM’s plummets, […]

6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England. New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the […]

Another feed firm to use cheese plant byproducts

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich […]

FDA overstepped bounds with ban on ephedra

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes the Nanny State goes too far, even for federal courts. That happened earlier this month in a case involving the Food and Drug Administration’s 2004 ban on the sale of the herb ephedra, commonly used as a diet aid. The ban came after the deaths of more than 80 people, most notably […]

Expanding housing market brings developers from Texas, Arizona

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Out-of-town developers are starting to take notice of Clovis’ expanding housing market. Of the four subdivisions currently awaiting review from the Clovis Planning and Zoning Committee, three are being developed by out-of-town companies. “For the most part it has been local developers, but here recently we’ve had developers from […]

Do not confuse stock market with gambling

CNJ staff If we’re to believe the AARP’s advertising blitz against partial privatization of Social Security, the U.S. economy is just one big casino. “If we feel like gambling,” declares one full-page newspaper ad, “we’ll play the slots.” But is investing in stocks the same as playing the slots? Is it as risky as taking […]

Clovis having trouble keeping up with demand for housing

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Brothers jake, left, and John Neufeld work on a house under construction Monday at 3909 Springwood in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The housing market in Clovis is so tight that homes are selling nearly as fast as they are being built. In response, local real estate companies […]

Free trade, fair prices needed to control sugar

Freedom Newspapers To express his pleasure about one thing or another, the late Great One, Jackie Gleason, would bellow, “How sweet it is.” He might have been referring to the deal sugar growers have with the federal government. And they’re not about to let a little thing like free trade or basic fairness threaten that […]

Market owner cooperating

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A Clovis man submerged in a year-long battle with the city over complications with his “free market ministry” said Wednesday he will obey court orders to remove unsightly items surrounding his property. In a court order filed Wednesday, Municipal Judge Jan Garrett noted that Henry Parmenter, 74, is attempting […]

Kerry’s tax plan may not be what he thinks it is

‘Hope is on the way,” promised Sen. John Edwards over and over in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He meant, “Higher taxes are on the way.” After listing a number of proposed new government programs, he explained, “So now you ask how are we going to pay for this? […]

Goodwill ministry cited as public nuisance

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Henry Parmenter digs through boxes in his back yard on the 1300 block of Reid Street. He was cited in Municipal Court for leaving items he collects for the poor scattered in his front, back and adjacent yards. CNJ photo by Mike Linn. By Mike Linn, CNJ news editor A Clovis man who runs what […]

Trade, outsourcing and truth about jobs

Steve Chapman I read a grim news story about the economy the other day, which noted the strange phenomenon of “a nearly jobless recovery.” Reported the Chicago Tribune, “If this were a normal recovery, the economy would have added 3.5 million jobs since it hit bottom 22 months ago. … Instead, it has missed that […]

Fund requires help from those invovled

Danny Joe Lyle The Clovis News Journal recently reported the state of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the past three years. That number is closer to $1.7 billion. The ERB portfolio has for many years held a strong commitment […]