Frail economy sign taxation has reached limit

By Freedom New Mexico For the second time in six years, President Bush proposed a tax rebate program to jump-start the economy. In fact, many analysts believe his plan actually comes too late. They fear people have gotten themselves so deep in debt that instead of using the money to buy stuff, which is the […]

Contract approved for CAFB project

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici today sent out the following news release regarding funding at Cannon Air Force Base: WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici today announced that a $12.1 million contract has been approved to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base, a project first funded before the base was […]

Domenici nominates local student to West Point

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, issued the following announcement today. WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici today announced that he plans to nominate Portales student Kaci Tibbs for potential admission to West Point this fall. Tibbs, a student at Clovis Christian School, is one of 50 students from across the state selected for nomination to one […]

House committee guts governor’s bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the 30-day legislative session at its midpoint, the governor’s health coverage bill started moving — but only after a House committee gutted it. The House Health and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday removed key provisions of Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal coverage plan: requiring New Mexicans to have health […]

Edwards quits Democratic presidential race

By NEDRA PICKLER and BECKY BOHRER NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. “With our convictions and a little […]

Giuliani to bow out of presidential race

By DEVLIN BARRETT ORLANDO, Fla. — Rudy Giuliani was always a long-shot for the Republican presidential nomination, a brash New Yorker who backed gun control, abortion and gay rights in a party dominated by Southern conservatives. The only surprise was that he lasted as long as he did as the national front-runner. The former New […]

Hounds set to ride top hitters

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh figures if the top five hitters in his batting order are successful, a lot of things could fall into place for the Greyhounds. ENMU opens its 2008 season Friday and Saturday with four games in the UT-Permian Basin Classic. […]

Jan. 29 – Puzzle me this

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo George Durhan and Kay Knapp chat Tuesday as they try to put a puzzle together at Friendship Senior Center. Durhan said when he was a child, his older siblings wouldn’t let him help them as they put puzzles together so now he puts them together whenever he gets the chance.

Border security tightens

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Courtesy illustration Residents can apply for a cheaper, wallet-sized alternative to a traditional passport that can be used when entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Those quick trips across the border to Mexico and Canada will soon come with new requirements for travelers. As of […]

Luke AFB dedicates overpass to husband of Clovis native

CNJ staff An overpass was dedicated Friday to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when the plane he was piloting crashed in Iraq, according to 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at Luke. Gilbert was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about […]

Jan. 30, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:37 p.m. Jan. 22, an officer observed a person driving erratically near 9th and Main streets. The driver ran a stop sign and drove onto the curb into the grass. The driver failed field sobriety […]

Military digest: Cooper

Department of the Air Force civilian Kevin W. Cooper has arrived for duty at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. Cooper, an auditor with three years of military service, is assigned to the Air Force Audit Agency. His brother, Jamie Cooper, resides in Clovis. In 1999, Cooper received a bachelor’s degree from the University of […]

Democratic presidential candidates

By Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected.Today we focus on leading Democratic candidates. We’ll look at Republicans on Thursday. Hillary Clinton A Hillary Clinton presidency poses substantive threats to individual freedom. Her […]

We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

By Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and […]

School bond overwhelmingly passes

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CNj staff photo: Tony Bullocks Trudy Cole casts her vote in the Clovis Municipal Schools bond election Tuesday at Mesa Elementary School. The $12-million general obligation bond was approved by 84 percent of the voters. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Voters overwhelming approved a $12 million general obligation bond for four years during Tuesday’s […]

Fire attributed to dry weather, high winds

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Courtesy illustration A grass fire swept across 20,000 acres in Bailey County on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And […]

Three Wildcats 5A first-teamers

Three members of state runnerup Clovis earned first-team honors on the Class 5A all-state football team released today. The team was selected by 5A coaches. Running back Manuel Robles, cornerback Jaden Isler and center Nathan Carver earned first-team honors for the Wildcats, who finished the season 9-4. All three are seniors. Senior defensive end Diondre […]

Ag trumps technology — good for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “Clovis has always been rather insulated from the economic swings that affect the rest of the nation because our local economy is based more on agriculture than technology. But as we grow, so will our business and this will gradually make us more susceptible to those […]

Ag industry solid foundation for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “I am not concerned about the local economy as we don’t rely entirely on the banking industry or the stock market. We tend to forget how much money the farm and ranch industry, which includes the dairies, bring into the local economy, not to mention the […]

John Edwards not exactly the ‘freedom’ candidate

Not sure which presidential candidate is best for America in 2008? Our editorial pages offer brief summaries on where the candidates stand on individual freedom. We’re not thrilled with any of the options, but the extremes range from John Edwards – we think he’s basically wrong on everything – to Ron Paul, whose ideas of […]