Business digest — Jan. 24

Fundraiser nets nearly $5,000 A fundraiser dinner, dance and silent auction for the Melrose Tire Shop held Jan. 15 in Melrose netted $4,895. The money will help defray rebuilding costs for the tire shop, which was damaged in an October fire. The owner, Dale Bigler, did not have insurance for the property and will likely […]

Zias still in rebuilding process

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU junior Tarrah Sweet returns a serve during a practice session Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — In 20 seasons at Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach, Mike Maguire built a program that ran off 16 consecutive winning seasons, including two Lone Star Conference […]

Company manager: Overpass on schedule for November completion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Hull Street Overpass is scheduled for completion in the first week of November. It has been closed since June 2008 for safety reasons. CNJ staff A manager for the company rebuilding the Hull Street Overpass said a November completion date is on the agenda. “The process is going well,” […]

Landmarks languish in limbo

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis MainStreet helped secure two grants to clean up the Hotel Clovis earlier this year. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The excitement is almost tangible when some locals talk about rebuilding the oldest, grandest hotels in Clovis and Portales. But if hope puts gleam in the eyes, reality often […]

New Orleans suffocating under federal embrace

By Freedom Newspapers A year ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and caused widespread destruction. A year later we’re in the midst of an orgy of media overkill about the Meaning of It All. Why should one hurricane out of several a year that hit the continental United States still stir our memories a […]

New Orleans’ revival begins with community

Freedom Newspapers After nearly eight months of misdirected spending and bureaucratic bungling, the federal government may be on the road to getting it right in the wake of Katrina. With its announcement of guidelines for rebuilding last week, it has sent a signal that rebuilding may not be too constrictively micromanaged from Washington but will […]

Rebuilding New Orleans waste of money

Steve Chapman Of all the ideas I’ve heard about what to do with New Orleans, the best one came from former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who said we should “put somebody like former President Jimmy Carter in charge of rebuilding New Orleans.” As president, Carter distinguished himself by failing to free the hostages in Iran, […]