Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

Bingaman and Udall: New Mexico stands to gain at least $20 million to reduce energy consumption

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is eligible to receive more than $20 million to help communities reduce energy consumption.

Lujan talks alternative energy

Freedom New Mexico Investing in alternative energy will not only reduce the country’s need for foreign oil, but will also provide an alternative revenue stream for farmers, according to Ben Lujan, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. Lujan spoke to more than two dozen eastern New Mexico farmers and ranchers Thursday during the […]

WTO philosophy proves ineffective on Doha Round

Freedom Newspapers The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be […]

Free market more likely to improve emissions cuts

Freedom Newspapers The United States is often portrayed as an ecological villain for declining to sign the fabled Kyoto treaty on climate change and greenhouse gases. But a British think tank reports that Britain and Sweden are the only countries in Europe that have met their commitment under the treaty to cut their emissions of […]

The state’s blue ribbon tax committee has a long list of recommendations

The Associated Press Summaries of tax commission recommendations The Associated Press Here is a list of recommendations approved by the Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission: —Expand tax rebate for lower income New Mexicans and increase personal exemption for lower and middle income taxpayers. Reduce revenue by $45 million. —Phase out capital gains deduction for upper […]

Some mistakes harder to fix than others

By David Stevens Sometimes we make mistakes. We made at least two in Friday’s paper. We told readers the Clovis Police Department had scheduled a public hearing to discuss grant applications. We told readers the meeting would take place at 9 a.m. in the city hall’s assembly room. But we forgot to tell readers what […]

Water’s future flows with challenges

By David Stevens Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more […]