Dow Jones average hits all-time high

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor The Dow Jones industrial average passed 13,000 Wednesday for the first time. Some experts didn’t see the news as all good, though, because many big corporations’ earnings were made overseas, and rising energy costs, a slumping housing market and a possible credit crunch still cause worry. Local financial advisors […]

Zias basketball player honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Rochelle Vance has been selected third-team ESPN The Magazine’s District 6 Academic All-District for her performance on the court and in the classroom. Vance has averaged over four points and rebounds per game. She has also scored 10 points on three occasions this season. To […]

Clovis Fire Department battles employee retention

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer City officials are evaluating an employee compensation plan proposed by the Clovis Fire Department in response to retention problems, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. On the cusp of receiving his paramedic’s registration — a three-year investment — firefighter Joel Gershon will receive a raise of 75 cents […]

On the cold front

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Robert Osborn uses his 4-wheeler to pull his sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, down the street. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

European tax laws inhibit growth

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some Americans look to European countries such as France, Germany and its Scandinavian neighbors and suggest that we adopt some of their economic policies. I agree, we should look at Europe for the lessons they can teach us. Dr. Daniel Mitchell, research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, does just that […]

Enlisted promotion pace levels out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Career enlisted members in the Air Force and Navy have drawn surprisingly near to their Army and Marine Corps peers in speed of advancement to higher grades and higher pay. Enlisted promotion data gathered from the four services under the Defense Department show some remarkable changes from fiscal 2000 to […]

Early voter turnout average

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJames and Sharon Lefebvre vote early at the Curry County clerk’s office on Monday. “It’s a lot easier on us,” he said. “We don’t have to fight the traffic on the day of the election.” By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer With a smile on his face and a marked ballot […]

Local agents feel Dow rise a good omen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Local agents are suggesting investors stand pat and enjoy the ride after the Dow Jones Industrial average closed Thursday at a record high for a third straight day. Dean Turvaville of Edward Jones Investments in Clovis said the Dow’s gains are the rewards for investors who put faith in […]

Game show’s appeal lost on viewer

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One joy of living in the Mountain time zone is the two-hour difference with Eastern time, upon which most of the world runs. Monday night football games that start too late for the average New Yorker end here right before the evening news. And then there’s morning baseball. There’s […]

College campuses located far from land of the free

By Freedom Newspapers However they score on achievement tests, relative to one another or foreign peers, American college students are breaking records in at least one category — the amount of debt they amass while chasing their diplomas. Due to the ever-increasing cost of higher education, and the ready availability of student loans, U.S. students […]

Federal workers see exponential wage increases

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. […]

Character means much more than size

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Two is a company and three is a crowd, but five makes for a good basketball team, six makes for a Brady Bunch and, as for 12, well, many things are cheaper by the dozen. What I’m talking here is the number of children in a family. Today’s family’s are […]

Weather taking toll on cotton crop

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Even after two straight years of bumper crops in Texas, cotton farmers like Billy Tiller are worried about the future. Tiller’s 5,000 acres are parched, thanks to triple-digit temperatures and one of the driest springs in the history of the nation’s top cotton-producing state. “I’ve never seen […]

No celebrations planned for taxes

Freedom Newspapers Saturday marked Tax Freedom Day for New Mexico residents, according to the non-partisan tax-education organization Tax Foundation (www.taxfoundation.org). Tax Freedom Day marks the day we’d be done paying taxes if we gave all our earnings to the government until we satisfied our annual tax debt. For the average American, that day falls on […]

Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

WILTING AWAY: Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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Cattle graze in a field north of Clovis off State Highway 209 Friday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of […]

January ranks 12th warmest on record

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Jason Wolfe, a detailer for Big Country Ford, washes vehicles on the sales lot Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Under normal winter circumstances, Delores Montoya would be sipping hot chocolate. Not a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Brad Props would be practicing his golf swing inside. Not on a golf […]

PRMC on par with rest of state

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Technician Bruce Hinchey processes patient specimens Tuesday in the laboratory at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Medical services at Plains Regional Medical Center are on par with those at other New Mexico hospitals, according to a new report available online. But that may not be the […]

Gas prices still on rise

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Unleaded gas is pretty much $3 a gallon as people fill up their vehicles Thursday at the Town & Country at the corner of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer In the wake of the recent level-4 hurricane that wrecked local offshore gasoline production and […]