Oil prices bury retiree allowance

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist It was higher oil prices last year that led to the largest annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to federal entitlements since 1982. Good thing, too. Lowered oil prices since then are almost certain to block any COLA this year for military retirees, federal civilian retirees, Social Security recipients, survivor benefit annuitants […]

Feasting at the fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Pat Cummings of Fritch, Texas, pulls a load of cotton candy out of the metal bowl Tuesday night at the Curry County Fair. Mullins said a 16-ounce cup of sugar and flavoring makes about 10 bags of the treat. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Fair time means the cooking […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Study: Campaign bucks oil policy wheels

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Curtis Breshears of SPRA-Green Inc. saw his fertilizer sales drop by two-thirds last year because of high prices. However, decreases in fertilizer costs this winter have things looking better, he said. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

Market more powerful than big oil

It seems like yesterday mobs clamored for government to spank Big Oil for gouging. “Windfall profit taxes!” they demanded as gasoline prices in June rose to $4.33 nationally. What a difference a season makes. Gasoline prices now are around a buck and half in some parts of the nation and $2.40 on average for New […]

Lowered gas prices keep mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

House Dems deceive public with oil bill

Freedom New Mexico No one should be fooled by House

Tapping reserve wrong approach to oil conflict

Freedom New Mexico L iberals in Congress have gone out of their

Public favors lifting offshore drilling ban

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has lifted the executive ban on oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. The public increasingly sees the reasonableness of such a policy change. But no new drilling will occur as long as the Democratic congressional leadership remains opposed. Meanwhile, gasoline prices climb. Even the pioneer Get Oil Out! (GOO) […]

Grady gas station gone

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Red Rock Oil Co. on Monday removed its fuel pumps in Grady, leaving the northern Curry County village without a fueling station. The nearest place to buy fuel is San Jon or Clovis, more than 30 miles away. Red Rock Oil owner Darrell Cook said he reluctantly shut operations […]

Domenici announces energy tax increase

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON HOUSE ENERGY TAX INCREASES             WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement regarding House passage of an $18 billion tax increase on domestic oil and natural gas production:             “Here we go again.  The House of Representatives has […]

Recipe of the day: Crustless Spinach Quiche

Crustless Spinach Quiche INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 5 eggs, beaten 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. […]

Recipe of the day: Beer Batter for Fish

Recipe: Beer Batter for Fish “Basic beer batter, good for almost any white fleshed fish.” INGREDIENTS 3 eggs 3/4 cup beer 1 1/2 cups milk 4 cups pastry flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons cornstarch salt to taste ground black pepper to taste 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 1/2 pounds […]

Green enchiladas

1 package corn tortillas 1 pound ground beef 2 medium cans green chilis 1 large white onion 2 cloves garlic 1 can nacho cheese soup 1 can cream of chicken soup Shredded Mexican blend cheese Cooking oil Add 2 tablespoons of oil to hot skillet. Sauté chopped garlic cloves and onion. Brown ground beef and […]

Experts expect gas prices to continue upward trend

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gas prices in Clovis and Portales reached $3.15 a gallon Wednesday for regular unleaded gasoline. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Don’t expect the price of gasoline to go down anytime soon. In fact, gasoline prices are going to continue to rise, according to travel and oil industry officials. Gas […]

Celebrity touts ‘great country’ and its dictator

By Freedom Newspapers It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he […]

Restricting energy won’t cool global warming problem

By Freedom Newspapers The House of Representatives voted last week to impose $16 billion in new taxes on the oil industry and give away billions of dollars in tax breaks for so-called “renewable” energy schemes. The proposals will only drive energy costs higher, while limiting availability and giving foreign oil producers more sway in the […]

God’s rules don’t change over time

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist It has been a long time ago, but I had an experience in grade school that really made an impression on me. I was attending Meserve School in Kansas City, Kan. At the beginning of one school year, our teacher, Mrs. Greenwood, explained the rules of the classroom. She told […]