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