Staycation may be cost-effective spring break option

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Portales, Tucumcari set record for August average high temperature

Staff and wire reports August will go down in the record books as one of New Mexico’s hottest in more than a century of record keeping, according to the National Weather Service. Portales, Tucumcari, Albuquerque and Roswell are among the cities setting records for the average daytime high. Portales’ average high in August was 98.8 […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

July six degrees hotter than average

Kevin Wilson July’s normally hot in Clovis. But there’s six degrees of separation, literally, between this July and the average one. The previous month, according to historical data from Accuweather.com, is the eighth-hottest July in New Mexico since data was collected in 1911. A typical July in Clovis will see a high of 91 throughout […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Carol Morgan, nurse manager for Portales Public Health Office, performs a lab procedure to test for chlamydia Friday morning in the public health office laboratory. Morgan said the office saw 27 patients with chlamydia in the first six months of the year. Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) […]

Official: Average wage not indication of what average worker earns

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CNJ graphic: Sharna Johnson Sharna Johnson According to the state, the average weekly wage in Curry County for private industry employees was $551 in 2010, but those who work closely with local wage information say it’s not an indication of what the average person in the area earns. An employee making the average wage would […]

Press release: N.M. gas prices up nearly five cents per gallon last week

New Mexico, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g (Sunday). This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Extend your life by quitting

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. Are you […]

Press release: Statewide gas price average stays same

Press releases: Statewide gas price average stays same (Albuquerque, New Mexico) — Motorists in New Mexico are paying on average $3.47 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline. The statewide average has remained the same since last week, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. Nationally prices are at $3.55 a gallon. The […]

March: Month for all types of weather

By Jim Robinson: Meteorological technician, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron March precipitation events can be rain or snow (and sometimes both at the same time), and are generally created by broad synoptic storm systems. However, thunderstorms typically start to occur in March. The average March is characterized by about three or four strong cold fronts […]

Interest in wind power picking up

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Kratzer of Portales, lead meteorologist at Cannon Air Force Base, said the region faces 50 mph or higher winds an average of 15 times per year. Alisa Boswell Wind and its power is old stuff to eastern New Mexico residents. But there is a new push to harness that […]

Press release: New Mexico gas price rose 16 cents a gallon last week

New Mexico, February 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 16.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.28/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com.

February can bring coldest weather

By Jim Robinson: Meteorological Technician, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron February precipitation events can be rain or snow (and sometimes both at the same time), and are generally created by broad synoptic storm systems. The average February is characterized by about three or four strong cold fronts during the month. The strongest cold fronts often […]

Press release: New Mexico weekly gas price update

New Mexico, January 31- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.08/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Press release: Gas prices in NM increase for fourth week in row

(Irving, Texas) —- After a month of steady increases in gasoline prices during 2011, consumers are seeing some moderation at the pump as oil prices dropped this past week. Oil on Thursday fell below the $86 a barrel range for the first time since mid-November. Just two weeks ago oil was above $92 a barrel […]

TriWest ready to help you quit

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Wheat farmers see high yields

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Water conservation tour coming to Clovis

CNJ staff Border States Electric of Clovis is hosting a stop Wednesday on the Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour. The tour, sponsored by American Standard, shows how an average four-person household could save an average of $293 and 48,000 gallons of water annually through the use of water-saving products. The products will be featured in […]