Green jobs only produce fiscal black hole

Freedom New Mexico The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money. Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are — unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real […]

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.” […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Freddy Canales, a Super Save employee in the produce department, stocks tomatoes and jalepenos Friday afternoon. Produce Manager Veronica Rodriquez said tomatoes recently increased by 10 cents due to the freezes in California and Mexico. Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around […]

Business feature: Stores aim to stock locally grown produce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jessica Pacheco of Portales culled though a package of strawberries Monday in the produce department at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in […]

Farmers markets offer fresh produce, conversation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Dunagan of Clovis, right, pays Margie Plummer of Portales and owner of Veggie Shack for some fresh onions, peas, and squash Tuesday at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. Dunagan said she likes to buy her produce fresh. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come […]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh […]

Curry County should produce jail documents

Freedom New Mexico Look who’s conducting public business in the dark again: Curry County. Long known for spending taxpayer dollars to keep citizens from finding out how their tax money is being spent, this time county officials are trying to hide a report that could tell us all how eight violent inmates — four of […]

Environmental choice would produce change

Freedom New Mexico T here’s no documented, let alone alarming

Tenants get ready to move into park

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Industrial Park could have its first tenant operating by next month, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. Gentry said the Blue Sun-owned Clovis Biodiesel plant should be ready to process vegetable products into biodiesel by January. The plant will produce about 15 million […]

Fish farm seminar offers organic education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo AquaRanch president Myles Marston, left, explains to seminar attendees Wednesday the benefits of A.B.C.’s Plus, a nutritional supplement for horses. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The principal owner of AquaRanch Industries said there’s more to the fish farm coming to Clovis than just fish. Besides raising more than 300,000 […]

Produce-ing profits

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Sonya Burson and Harrison Bentley sell spaghetti squash, grown from Burson’s farm in Portales, at the Clovis Farmers Market. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Aside from learning languages, Zigrid Steinbergs, 82, spends most of his time in his two acres of land in Portales tilling the soil. “I’ve been growing […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

Ag Sense: Consortium looks to increase dairy business

By G. Robert Hagevoort: ENMU diary specialist Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen tremendous growth in the dairy industry in the last several years. New Mexico ranks seventh in the nation in milk production, and will soon take over the No. 6 spot behind classic dairy states such as Wisconsin, California and Pennsylvania. […]

Career grocer takes reins of commissary

By Tom Philpott: Military Update After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Market offers fresh veggies, fruit

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Joe and Laurie Haseloff of Farwell load their pickup truck with watermelons and cantaloupes Friday evening to take to the Clovis Farmer Market that opens today at Pile and Fourth streets. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer THE FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to […]

Rise of indecency dulling sensibilities

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A couple of weeks ago I was felled by a particularly nasty flu. Too sick even to read, I listened to radio and watched television for long hours every day. What I heard and saw was not conducive to recovery. I admit to being a little “out of the loop” […]

State biodiesel firm

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer An alternative fuel business is considering the Clovis Industrial Park as a possible location for a biodiesel plant. Energy Conversion Corp. of Santa Fe is holding a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce for parties interested in investing in the company, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the […]

Farmers’ Market open for season

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Buddy Jorde sorts through a basket of potatoes Tuesday afternoon. Jorde’s family farms approximately 600 acres and brings produce to sell at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dennis Shaw dusts fresh dirt off one of the red onions he picked just before he came to set […]

No whining about a capitalist Christmas

Tibor Machan Sometimes one ought to repeat a point, even over and over, since it is important enough to call attention to it often. Given that many people, such as celebrities with lots of media exposure, manage to repeat idiotic points, I have resolved to refute them repeatedly. Emma Thompson, whom I rather enjoy as […]

Peddling the fall harvest

By Helena Rodriguez About this time of year, as leaves turn auburn, orange and yellow; bright pumpkins, straight from the patch, add to the colors of the season as they begin appearing at roadside stands. Fall time also means harvest time, a time when passersby can still get the last tastes of summer — in […]