ACU sweeps twin bill, takes series from Hounds

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Left fielder J.R. Roland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth and Abilene Christian completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday with an 8-4 win. The Wildcats pulled away in the seven-inning opener, breaking a 1-1 tie with […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Guest columnist: Bill’s passage would ensure water supply

On Friday, the New Mexico State Legislature passed an important bill, SB 209, which is now on its way to the governor’s desk. SB 209 is a significant step forward in assuring continued municipal water supply for Clovis. Once signed by the governor and after the promulgation of related regulation by the New Mexico Public […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Press release: Bingaman discusses spending bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today discussed a variety of issues with New Mexico radio reporters, including negotiations on a spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman030111.mp3 0:00 Bingaman discusses two […]

Zias break through with twin bill sweep

CNJ staff HOBBS — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team got well in a hurry on Tuesday. Junior Erin Roufosse and sophomore Brittany Widner threw complete games and the Zias pounded out 24 hits in a 12-2, 9-0 waxing of University of the Southwest, their first wins of the season. The Zias (2-8) had only […]

Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among […]

Bill would change schools’ measure of success

Liliana Castillo A bill that would change the way student success is measured in New Mexico’s schools is headed to state legislators this session. Bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, an assistant superintendent with Texico schools, said under the bill, House Bill 355, each school in the state would be rated by a letter grade, A, […]

Press release: Bingaman talks FAA bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill currently pending before the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman020711m.mp3

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private […]

Letter to the editor: Dems putting freedom in danger

Dems putting freedom in danger It is not good to have a super majority in Washington. That is what we have now, held by the Democrats. Because they had this great majority, they passed a government health care (one payee) bill involving 2,500 unread pages and passed behind closed doors. This bill forces the American […]

Bill includes funds for Cannon

The Associated Press The 2011 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes millions of dollars in projects for Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, including an operations and training complex, a squadron operations facility, a new hangar and a new 96-room dormitory. The measure also authorizes funds for projects at New Mexico’s two other Air Force Bases, Holloman […]

Debate would expose myths behind bill

Freedom New Mexico A fter his climate agenda was dealt a major setback by Republican victories in November, President Barack Obama said, “Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.” Now his administration has announced its intention to skin the cat another way, despite questionable underlying science and […]

Press release: Bingaman talks tax bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about why he vote against a tax package the country cannot afford. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman121410m.mp3

Bill infringes some rights to protect others

Freedom New Mexico Reason and prudence are needed to untangle the digital-age Gordian knots posed by Internet technology. Unfortunately, Congress can be short of reason and prudence. A bill to protect online property rights of owners’ copyrighted material sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this month, 19-0. We urge the Senate to rethink this approach, […]

Weekly update — Oct. 31

Baseball club meeting postponed A meeting about the Clovis Pioneers baseball club is being pushed to later on Wednesday. Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, sent an e-mail to Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell requesting a 3 p.m. Wednesday information meeting. The meeting was originally set for 11 a.m., […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]