Expert: Wheat farmers report abundant yield

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lennis Dunn empties grain out of his combine. He said the grain will be sold to AGP Grain Marketing, a buyer they have dealt with for years. “We’re kind of a loyal bunch,” he said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hoyt Pattison, 77, disappeared with some tools inside his […]

Business Feature: Market on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A home is built on the corner of Jaydn Lane and Norris Street. Since June 2006, 52 new homes have sold in Clovis, according to Gayla Brumfield, president and owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Even with sales lagging, local real estate agents […]

Wheat yield looking up

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Area wheat farmers are looking at a rare combination: Above-average yields and a robust market. Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, said early indications are of yields as much as double to that of last year. In Curry County, above-average yields are expected, […]

Middle man stunts health care system reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

COLLEGE UPDATE: Ex-CHS point guard helping McMurry

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer McMurry University junior point guard Bud Willis did more than hone his basketball skills at Clovis High School. Under the tutelage of Wildcats coach J. D. Isler, Willis also learned his true calling in life was coaching. “When I see him coach, he teaches you how to play ball, […]

Milk laws leave no room for innovation

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more shameful actions Congress took last year was crushing an innovative dairyman who found a way around federal dairy regulations that artificially raise the price of milk. It was a bipartisan conspiracy, embodied in an amendment never subjected to committee hearings. Hein Hettinga is a Dutch-born dairyman who started […]

Intervening in free market won’t help prices

By Freedom Newspapers Former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev once noted, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” He wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was referring to the bad habit politicians have of spending taxpayers’ money on programs that have little or no real […]

Hounds put seven players on All-South second team

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eight members of the Eastern New Mexico University football team were named to All-Lone Star Conference South Division squads in voting by division head coaches and announced on Wednesday by the league office. No Greyhounds were chosen to the first team, selections which were almost completely dominated by the division’s […]

Laptop lauches newfound interest

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of money. […]

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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Gasoline pricing strategy long outdated

I have waited much too long to comment on the price of gasoline, so here goes. The 9/10 cent pricing practice was initiated at a time when a 1/10 cent saving per gallon of motor fuel represented a much larger portion of the total purchase price than is the case today. The industry-wide and unchanging […]

BP miscalculation makes for one costly mistake

By Freedom Newspapers It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP […]

Auto official: Gas prices going up

CNJ Staff Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Fuel duel: Fire marshal ends gas war on Prince

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Gas prices dropped to 49.9 cents a gallon Wednesday at the Allsup’s at the corner of Prince Street and Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshal Allan […]

Fueling frenzy hits Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDale Bone of Bard fills his vehicle at Allsup’s on North Prince Street. Bone waited in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to purchase gasoline at $2.29 per gallon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded […]

Maxwell, Lee M.

Lee Martel Maxwell, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. He was born June 23, 1927, in Stanton, Ore., to Otis and Flora Maxwell. He married Wanda Price Nov. 23, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a self-employed truck driver and belonged to the Church of the Brethren. He was […]

Price gouging starts with our lawmakers

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Here’s what one reader wrote: “Williams, I can understand how the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and Middle East political uncertainty can jack up gasoline prices. But it’s price-gouging for the oil companies to raise the price of all the gasoline already bought and stored before the crisis.” Several other readers […]

Letters to the editor: College board made tough decision

Last Wednesday, I attended the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting. We should thank all members of the board for their careful deliberation, and for voting their conscience — whatever their choice. While they did not all agree, each showed the passion they felt for the future of our college. I also think we […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

Price, Blanche

Blanche Price, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Floyd, to Virgie and Moses B. Hawkins, she was a 1948 Floyd High School graduate. While she was still in high school, she was a school bus driver. After graduating from high school, she […]