Upping energy regulations still not solution

Freedom New Mexico Is the United States reliving the Nixon and Carter eras? Interest rates certainly are well

Green efforts add to current economic woes

Freedom New Mexico The first of what promises to be many taxes and regulations to protect us from the presumed threat of global warming was approved last week by an air quality management district in San Francisco. It marked the first time in the nation a government agency has charged companies “fees” based on their […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest […]

Bovine TB concerns Richardson

By The Associated Press SANTA FE — Members of the state’s congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Richardson are concerned that federal agriculture officials appear poised to change New Mexico’s status as a bovine tuberculosis-free state since some dairy cattle in Curry County have tested positive for the disease. All dairies and ranchers in New Mexico […]

License reinstated for buffet

CNJ Staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Division reinstated the food establishment permit for Fuzhou Buffet in Clovis after determining management corrected all high-risk violations of state food service regulations, according to a news release. Restaurant managers moved the restaurant’s grease trap outdoors, which eliminated the potential contamination of the food supply, the […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Ag Sense: New hay regulations protect consumers

By Mark Marsalis: Local columnist Hay growers and buyers in New Mexico will be required to follow new hay transporting regulations in December. In an effort to protect the nation’s feed and food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has included — as part of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

County approves road improvements

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve an engineering plan for work on County Road K, commonly known as the Swift Plant road, south of the city — a route that may to become increasingly important to the success of the city of Clovis’ planned industrial park. The county plans include […]

12/20 Business Digest

Commission extends application deadline The New Mexico Real Estate Commission has extended its deadline for applying for a real estate license to Feb. 28. According to a press release issued by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, the extension is due to a large backlog of licensing exam applications. Testing centers in Albuquerque, Santa […]

Air regulations should be lifted during cost crisis

Freedom Newspapers Anybody else smell what we smell? It’s that time of year when the evocative aroma of wood smoke can be detected wafting through many area neighborhoods. And this year that smell could be a bit stronger, as high heating bills have residents turning to wood stoves and fireplaces to keep their homes cozy. […]

Dairy industry has to follow regulations

Guest Columnist: Sharon Lombardi Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Payday loans draw state’s interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney general’s office is concerned about the lending practices of payday loan companies and is proposing stricter regulations. Payday loan advocates said the companies provide a valuable service and are already regulated. The attorney general’s office hosted a meeting Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to discuss proposed […]

On the moo-ve: More dairies planned

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Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen a boom in the dairy industry of late, and some local and state agriculture officials say it is due to minimal regulations. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is […]

New state septic tank regulations presented

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Revamped state regulations guiding the inspection, maintenance and installation of septic tanks were “expected” by County Manager Dick Smith. But he was nonetheless “stunned” by the scope of the initiative when it was presented at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Chairman Ed Perales called the stipulations “extreme.” But state officials […]

Industries challenge state water rules

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Mining, oil and gas, homebuilders and ranchers are challenging new state regulations that could let New Mexico adopt water quality rules that are more stringent than the federal ones. The rules appear to give state regulators unlimited discretion to determine what water falls under their authority, the attorney for […]

New septic tank rules could cost home builders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New state septic tanks standards may increase the cost of building a home in rural areas. That is the unsettling reality of stricter septic tank regulations, according to one septic tank installer. “Every ranch house, farm house, (and) anytime you see a house in the country, it’s got a […]

Legislature needs common-man focus

by Ned Cantwell Looking for an opportunity to become totally enraged about a political system that favors the businessman while screwing the little guy? Follow me. There is a move under way to place hurdles in the path of regulations, long, long overdue, to protect convenience-store workers. Because late-night convenience clerks are particularly vulnerable to […]

Domestic sources of oil could help reduce gas prices

Freedom Newspapers Records are being broken in both the price per barrel of crude oil ($40.77) and the price per gallon of gasoline ($1.90 in Clovis on Wednesday), raising fears of inflation and economic slowdown, as well as grassroots calls for a national gas-buyers boycott. And so the political jousting naturally continues over who or […]

Very few benefits are worth their cost

Walter Williams The first concept an economics student learns is that for every benefit there’s also a cost — or, as my longtime colleague and friend Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has put it, “There’s no free lunch.” While the person who receives the benefit might not pay or even be aware of the cost, as […]