Business Digest: Small businesses must recertify

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New U.S. Small Business Administration regulations require small businesses with federal contracts to recertify their size status, according to an SBA news release. Federal agencies are under congressional directive for small businesses to account for 23 percent of their contracts, the release reads. Recertification is necessary because federal agencies […]

Revamped federal government will attract fresh faces

By Freedom Newspapers Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of […]

Public deserves document disclosure

By Christine Tatum: Guest columnist This week promises to be a big one in the never-ending fight to improve access to federal government records. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007, which stand to be the most comprehensive reform of the Freedom of […]

Hospice holds Senior Fair

By CNJ Staff Senior Fair, hosted by VistaCare Hospice Who: Open to the public, free of charge. Seniors and anyone involved with seniors are encouraged to attend. What: An informational fair providing community resources for seniors. Where: Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Information: 762-7067 Jackie Lara, public relations director […]

Grants bolster first responder coffers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis law enforcers and emergency responders agree the post-9/11 climate has made federal funding more attainable for local agencies. Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said federal funding for responders in the area over the last five years has totaled more than $1.5 million. The terrorist […]

U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

New hospital administrator targets improving patient satisfaction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Police 10-codes dying language

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Radio communication by police and emergency workers has traditionally been done through a number coded system, known as 10-codes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An almost 70-year-old unique American language will be laid to rest as law enforcement works to homogenize communications in an age of disaster preparedness. Earlier this […]

Brochure touts base’s assets

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Col. James Holland, director of the Air Force BRAC Program Management Office in Washington D.C., speaks about the possible options for Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday during an interview at the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was […]

Despite 9/11 spending, citizens not much safer

Freedom Newspapers One of the most frustrating realities about government is that no matter how much money it gets to deal with a problem, that money usually goes to the wrong places, and the problem rarely gets effectively addressed. At the national-security level, the dollar figures are so high and the agencies are so large […]

Combined agencies still haven’t meshed

Freedom Newspapers After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration insisted that, to preclude further attacks, it needed to centralize many agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. The department was established on Nov. 25, 2002, almost three years ago. It consolidated immigration, Customs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. […]

9/15 Letters to the editor

Civilization should coexist with wildlife I just wanted to thank Susan Hubby and her associates for taking the time to save and relocate the prairie dogs. What a wonderful and caring person. Prairie dogs are getting a bad rap, along with coyotes, pigeons and trash-raiding bears. What’s wrong with this picture? We humans are taking […]

Intelligence failure not fully explained by 9/11 report

Freedom Newspaper There is probably still more that we don’t know than we do about the likelihood that a military intelligence unit identified 9/11 highjacker Mohammed Atta a year or so before the World Trade Center was attacked. but didn’t pass on the information to the FBI. What we think we know now is likely […]

Winning war on terror could mean fighting dirty

Freedom Newspapers We need more aggressive, less risk-averse spy agencies. This was the mantra we heard in the wake of our being blindsided by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11, 2001. The CIA’s emphasis on high-tech, spy-in-the-sky gadgetry has led to a withering of the nation’s human intelligence capabilities, critics (ourselves included) said. We must […]

Additional funds needed to resolve border issues

Freedom Newspapers The 16 Texas counties that border Mexico face challenges that the rest of the state — the rest of the nation — might have a hard time understanding. From the intricacies of a border economy in which customers walk to another country for afternoon shopping trips to the irrigation needs of farmers in […]

Press misses point about intelligence

By Mona Charen The President’s Commission on (deep breath) Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction has issued its report. True to predictions, it indicts the CIA and other intelligence agencies for giving the president and Congress information that was “dead wrong” and accompanying this intelligence with a promise that the […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Clovis Housing to receive $32,844

CNJ Staff The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $397,255 in grant funding to New Mexico housing agencies, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Clovis Housing and Redevelopment will receive $32,844 of the money. The grants will allow the various housing agencies to retain their Rental Certification/ Housing […]

Is the Department of Homeland Security effective?

Freedom Newspapers It is probably too much to hope that the resignation of Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security will prompt a rethinking of the wisdom of creating such a department in the first place. As we noted when the department was created by bundling together 22 existing agencies, that kind of reorganization was […]

Lety’s noit rush into intelligence reform bill

Freedom Newspapers The failure to approve an intelligence reform bill in the House of Representatives over the weekend is not necessarily a tragedy. The 9/11 commission, whose recommendations were the basis of a bill passed by the Senate, does not have a monopoly on wisdom when it comes to reforming the “intelligence community,” as the […]