Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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PNT file photo Fall graduation is traditionally a smaller crowd for Eastern New Mexico University and despite tough economic times, graduates said they are positive about their career prospects. Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Business digest — Oct. 4

Civic center hosting business event The Clovis Civic Center will be the site of a Thursday event for businesses. Included in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. event are opportunities to talk to commercial lenders, workshops for businesses, access to business consultants, and other support services. The event is come-and-go, and door prizes are available. There are […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Farmers’ market sprouting

With the farmers’ market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” The heat, […]

Farmers’ market vendors hope more produce coming

Argen Duncan With the farmers market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” […]

Move to end ethanol tax credits overdue

Freedom New Mexico Corn ethanol not so long ago was the darling of the green movement, and Congress responded by lavishing on growers and blenders of the alternative fuel lucrative tax credits and favored tariff protections. So much for the free market. But that was then. Now, by a huge bipartisan margin, the U.S. Senate […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Rental market putting squeeze on tenants

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks From left to right, Christopher Smith, Thomas Farmer and Jared Gun of P&C Plumbing bed down a sewer pipe Monday on North Martin Luther King Boulevard for an apartment complex under construction. Sharna Johnson It’s a good time to be a landlord in Clovis. Tenants? Not so much. Those in […]