Editorial: U.S., British credit ratings bear watching

Freedom New Mexico Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency last week announced a blockbuster piece of news: The British government’s credit outlook was reduced from stable to negative, which could lead to the eventual downgrading of the country’s debt from its premiere triple-A rating. “The outlook revision does not trigger a formal re-evaluation of Britain’s […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, from left to right, Col. Timothy Leahy and Col. Stephen Clark take part in the change of command ceremony Wednesday held on Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders at a press conference Wednesday about an accident at Hotel Clovis injuring Building Inspector Pete Wilt and John Smith of Portales. Both men fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning and remain hospitalized. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Police revealed few details […]

Meetings watch: School board votes for third-party audit of school staff

Highlights from the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday. • The board accepted applications for Title I migrant, state bilingual education, Title III English, Title I federal stimulus and Title I consolidated funding. The $1.4 million in stimulus funding would go toward hiring five language specialists and buying Read 180 • A gift […]

Clovis school board approves preliminary budget

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board heard a long-range suggestion to start its Tuesday meeting, and ended it with approval of a more immediate need — an $82.5 million budget for the 2009-10 year. The budget, down from this year’s adjusted budget of $85.1 million but up from the 2008-09 […]

Thank the Lord we don’t get what’s comin’ to us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t remember exactly when Garrison Keillor told the story, but the tale I find myself recalling today is definitely one of his. The details are fuzzy, and Keillor tells the story much better than I can, but . . . I seem to remember that it was an […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

CNJ staff A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. […]

Meetings watch: Public Works

CNJ staff The city’s public works committee meets at 8:30 a.m. today at City Hall. Agenda items include: • Discussion and recommendation on dumping fees for nonprofit organizations. • Discussion regarding road work in District 1. • Industrial sewer fees discussion.

Special county commission meeting scheduled

The Curry County Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday. Items on the agenda include approval of a bank services contract, a change in fair ticket prices and a resolution for Rodeo Council Funding. The special meeting was scheduled because the first June commission meeting was canceled and the second was postponed […]

Bovina man dies in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications The late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the coercive […]

Politics, movies and T-shirts

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In what was a weekend of LeBron James buzzer-beater replays, bad movies and heartfelt thanks to our veterans, I never really had a thought that could compete verbosely with my new idea for duct tape last week. So here are my three best attempts at such: • In what […]

May 27 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 a.m. May 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Park in reference to arson. A man said his mother’s vehicle was set on fire sometime during the night when someone threw a burning rag in […]

Congress needs to take vacation from meddling

Freedom New Mexico Disney theme parks are known for their thrilling rides, cutting-edge video performances, top-notch fireworks displays and souvenir shops. At least one, Disney World in Florida, has an entire shopping district where visitors can leave with the signature mouse ears, high quality jewelry and anything Disney in between. Among the many articles of […]

May 26, 2009 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Remembering sacrifices

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Darlene Pacheco spends a tearful moment at her husband’s grave Monday after the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. She said Bobby Pacheco, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the Navy and Army, died of a heart attack in 2 By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff […]