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 […]