GOP lawmakers want to undo some immigration laws

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers in both houses want to undo state laws allowing some undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and to qualify for in-state tuition and lottery scholarships. The bills, introduced Wednesday, are part of an immigration package that also includes non-binding memorials asking Gov. Bill Richardson […]

Governor wants lottery scholarship program expanded

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson wants to expand the lottery scholarship program so that more people will be able to use it. The bill is asking for the expansion to include students from tribal colleges and children of New Mexico military personnel stationed out of state, according to Beverlee McClure, secretary of […]

Student profiles: Sarah Limmer

Sarah Limmer is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Gwen Limmer. Tell us about a happy time: Last year at Ghost Ranch I met some incredibly interesting people and it began with us sitting by the fire, or rather the fire we were desperately trying to keep […]

Court’s eminent domain ruling troubling

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist We all remember last year’s despicable U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., decision that held as constitutional that the rightful property of one American can be taken and transferred to another American so long as some public purpose is served. The Fifth Amendment to the […]

Legislators riding money train to nowhere

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They are spending a lot of money in Santa Fe these days and that is a good thing. It is a good thing because our state of New Mexico is flush. We are swimming in deep green pools of dollar bills. Whee! Fun, fun, fun! Our legislators, those folks we […]

President’s call for permanent tax cuts encouraging

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening was workmanlike and one of the better spoken of his time in office. There was nothing sharply new, such as last year’s call for a complete overhaul of Social Security. It mainly moved his agenda toward the November election. It was encouraging to hear […]

Club building holds memories

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are little remnants of the civic organization inside the crumbling, peach colored building. The walls are covered with graffiti. The wooden floors are littered with glass shards from smashed windows. The east side was scorched by a fire. Clovis Director of Public Safety Pete Wilt condemned the abandoned […]

Don’t forget: Journalists have dangerous jobs

Freedom Newspapers Journalists have been criticized a lot lately, sometimes justly, as in Dan Rather’s infamous 2004 “Memogate” report that used a falsified document on President Bush’s military service. But journalists still are the men and women on the front lines of wars, riots and disasters, bringing the news to us. Sometimes journalists are hurt […]

Big business destroying Mom and Pop

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I don’t expect you to shed any tears because Aron’s is gone. Unless you grew up in L.A. as I did, you’ve probably never even heard of it. Aron’s was this used record and CD store that I discovered 30 years ago. It was a quirky place, an audiophile heaven where […]

Terrorists should think, not vent just vent

By Tibot Machan: Syndicated Columnist The Jan. 30 edition of the New Republic contains a fascinating and alarming piece — maybe it’s a parody, but it sounds mighty authentic to my ears — by Ali Salem, “The War of the Hotels,” which appeared in the London-based Al Hayat, a pan-Arab daily. The piece relates — […]

Citizen raises stink over dead animal

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A dog lies along south Prince Street near Kimberly Drive Tuesday as motorists head north into Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hairy, stiff canine lies beside a large, fallen tree branch on south Prince Street. Clovis resident Katherine Medrano travels the south end of Prince Street several […]

Superintendent’s performance reviewed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members convened Tuesday evening to evaluate the performance of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. It was the first formal evaluation of her performance since the board hired her in April. However, because the evaluation is a matter of personnel, it was conducted in a executive session […]