Blame inflation for rising oil, gas prices

Freedom New Mexico Those who cannot remember the 1970s are condemned to repeat them. Even if you’re too young to remember the Disco Decade, you’ve doubtless seen pictures of cars lined up waiting to pump scarce gas at filling stations. We’d suffer that again if Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and five colleagues get their way. […]

In search of ponies: Horse in for a rough ride

Sharna Johnson Things are tough. The economy is tight, people are stretching their dollars to cover the cost of the rising expenses and most of the recent data says they are doing it without pay increases. And to make things worse, drought and wildfires in the area have hit the feed supply for animals. As […]

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

Sugar supports should be dissolved

Freedom New Mexico Have you noticed grocery prices rising? Here’s one way to reduce them — a little, anyway. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., proposes to end all quotas, regulations and tariffs that give a few companies a form of sugar high, but cost consumers and businesses billions in higher prices. His Senate Bill 685 is […]

Rising feed prices stretch budgets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Austin Hale of Clovis One-Stop Feed Inc. said rising feed costs are stretching already tight budgets for consumers who have animals. Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices, the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

ENMU enrollment up

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble says a slow economy and rising unemployment is responsible for the highest Spring semester enrollment the school has had in almost 40 years. The university’s spring semester enrollment rose by 8.3 percent — from 3,712 students in 2008 to 4,021 students — this year, according to […]

Albuquerque Journal halts local home deliveries

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Falling on hard financial times, the Albuquerque Journal is canceling distribution of its paper to more than 30 New Mexico towns including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The paper will terminate home delivery and rack sales in outlying communities on Jan. 31 because of falling advertising revenue and rising production […]

Finding opportunities within crisis

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D.: Guest columnist Another hike in gas prices and the cost of other goods rising causes business owners to maintain their finances and plan for the future in order to survive. J. Roy Miller State Director of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center and a Clovis son, recently discussed the opportunities […]

Proposed voting rights should be reciprocated

Freedom New Mexico According to National Public Radio, Europe has seen rising interest in something many Americans can’t or won’t take the time to do — voting for president. It seems commentators in England and other countries see their continent’s fortunes inextricably tied to ours. By their reasoning, the residents of other nations deserve to […]