Storm-water debate deserves public input

Freedom Newspapers Numerous Clovis residents are unhappy with the city’s storm-water management solutions. Particularly unsettling are the trash- and weed-collection points, euphemistically known as retention ponds, that are championed by Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. Those voices will be heard and we urge you to join them, even if you favor the present methods. […]

Spaceport at Cannon makes sense

Joseph Carraro: Guest Columnist If this proposed spaceport for private and commercial rocket launches is actually going to be able to fly, why not save some money and bring it to an area that already has infrastructure? It’s going to cost taxpayers $225 million to get it going. Plans call for its location north of […]

Sleep well, death-penalty proponents

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So he’s guilty as charged. Never mind the timeline that some thought made it almost impossible for him to have committed the crime. Never mind the book casting doubt on his culpability. Never mind his death chair declaration: “An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight.” Never mind any […]

No students injured in school bus accident

CNJ staff A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]

Committee approves bill providing $4 million for 30-day session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature’s 30-day session could end up costing almost $142,000 a day. A House committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allocate more than $4.2 million to pay for the legislative session and nearly $13.3 million for year-round operations of the Legislature. The measure, known as […]

Lawmakers brace for busy 30 days

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson called on the Legislature Tuesday to phase in an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. In a state of the state speech on the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, […]