Billy Idol not welcome camping

“You? Camping?” My coworker couldn’t believe I was making plans for July. I can’t blame her; I barely believe it myself. I haven’t camped since sixth grade, when my friend Doug and I took the bus route with our friend Kirk. We ventured out to the wilderness, relying on our survival skills to keep us […]

Influencing TRICARE option barred

Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense that […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Day trip: Historical family’s home turned into museum

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Courtesy of Texas Historical Commission The Magoffin Home State Historic Site was home to the Magoffin family for over 100 years. The adobe structure is a museum with a collection of artifacts from the Magoffin family. Place: Magoffin Home State Historic Site Location: 1120 Magoffin Avenue in El Paso, Texas, is 317 miles or 5 […]

July 1 Cannon Community

Trash pickup rescheduled — There will be no trash pickup on Monday. The pickup is rescheduled for Tuesday. Temporary closing — The Frame and Engraving shop will be closed today through July 9. Items will be available for pickup through the auto shop. To make an arrangement for pickup call the auto shop at 784-4735. […]

Clovis man sentenced for attacking fellow inmate

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years for attacking a fellow inmate with a broomstick in November 2008. The most recent sentence brings Guadalupe Urquizo’s sentence to 41 years imprisonment for several violent acts since 2008, according to a Tuesday press release from the district attorney’s office. Urquizo is one […]

Officials: Moisture will help make fireworks season safer

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brad Bender, left, and Marty Bender, center, buy fireworks from Paul Bennett at the Giant Fireworks stand on U.S. 60/70/84 Tuesday afternoon. The Bender brothers said they are using fireworks as part of a car sales promotion where customers who purchase a car get $100 in fireworks. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Press release: Man gets seven years in broom stick attack

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 30, was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Urquizo has now been sentenced to a total of 41-years in prison for several convictions involving numerous […]

Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Cigarette tax hike concerns local merchants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Maggie Cheverez, a clerk at Cigarette Express, rings up a carton of cigarettes Tuesday. Cheverez reminds every incoming customer of the tax increase of 75 cents per pack, which takes effect Thursday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less […]

Press release: City airport receives another $2 million for runway upgrades

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. “These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike,” said Udall, […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

New Freedom boss brings ‘wealth of experience’

By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom Communications Inc. has named Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc., as CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based media company. Freedom owns the Portales News-Tribune, Clovis News Journal and Quay County Sun.“We are very pleased that Mitch has agreed to lead Freedom Communications as its […]

Press release: Freedom names CEO

IRVINE, CA, June 29, 2010 — Freedom Communications announced today that Mitchell Stern has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern, a member of the Freedom Board of Directors, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DirecTV U.S.

Letter to the editor: Public shouldn’t ignore red lights

Has there been a change in law regarding running red lights? Public shouldn’t ignore red lights I ask because quite frequently I see individuals run the light at Prince and 21st streets. Specifically, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, I saw three vehicles run a red light in front of a Clovis police officer who did nothing. […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

Overpass, 21st Street improvements on public works agenda

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Committee merging, updates on the Hull Street Overpass and improvements to 21st Street during Wednesday’s Public Works Committee meeting. Also the agenda for the 8:30 a.m. meeting at City Hall includes a request to present comments on the city’s trial program with polycarts for sanitation instead of dumpsters. The […]