Task force tackles city’s proposed meth ordinance

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed city ordinance that would put cold medicines and other drugs with pseudoephedrine behind the counter at local stores is being inspected and amended by a task force. The point of the ordinance, according to the district attorney, is to make it more difficult for methamphetamine manufacturers to […]

Vietnam not fully attractive as trade partner

Freedom Newspapers The visit to the United States of Phan Van Khai, prime minister of Vietnam, who is scheduled to meet with President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday, has been controversial, and not without reason. But it could represent opportunity as well. To many Vietnamese-Americans, Khai, who began his revolutionary activism in […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Board looking at string music program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ school board on Tuesday voted to take steps toward implementing a string instrument program for the district. But first the district needs to identify concrete sources of funding and find a string instrument teacher to get the program off the ground. “This program would be something special for […]

Secrecy won’t make Americans safe

By Danielle Brian: Guest Columnist Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress and the Bush Administration have expanded the kinds of information that are withheld from the public. A more careful approach to handling sensitive information was surely needed after the attacks, given the new terrorist threats against the American people. However, government agencies have […]

Theater expansion nears completion

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Willie Flowers mixes varnish in one of the three new auditoriums in the new addition Monday at the North Plains Cinema 4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by weather is nearing […]

He’s got the gov’s ear

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Andrew Moralez doesn’t mind complaints. It’s part of his job. As the ears and eyes of Gov. Bill Richardson, the Anthony native travels the state listening to the problems and concerns of constituents for the state’s top boss. Moralez, the southern New Mexico representative for the governor, visited Clovis […]

School board addresses salary discrepancy issue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board on Tuesday passed a motion allowing it to rectify salary discrepancies that may have occurred in the calculation of the employee pay schedule this year. “One of the school board members said an employee came to him and said his salary was lower this year […]

Unregulated water usage a concern to citizens

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee at Clovis Community College to explain the concerns of local residents over the […]

Concerns about water project addressed

TV Hagenah TV Hagenah FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS tv_hagenah@link.freedom.com SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aide had a handful of concerns about the proposed legislation concerning the Ute Lake Pipeline Project, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the […]

New deportation policy raises some concerns

Freedom Newspapers T here’s been a change in U.S. deportation pol- icy for illegal immigrants from Mexico — instead of dropping undocumented persons off at the border, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to return them to their hometowns. Although U.S. officials like the idea, it does raise concerns. Last month, the United […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]

School board votes down survey aimed at studying student home life

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis School Board voted Tuesday to reject a survey previously approved that would have questioned students regarding their sexual activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and guns in parents’ homes. The 3-2 vote rescinded a Sept. 9 vote to conduct the survey at Yucca Junior High and Clovis High School. Board member […]

Amendments not palpable alternatives

Mary Southard I oppose both Constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. Amendment 1, designed to “transfer the state department of education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education who shall serve in the executive cabinet and create an elected public education commission,” raises several significant questions. First, how accessible would the governor […]

Muleshoe debates racial allegations

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Muleshoe City Council, responding to allegations of police abuse and racism raised by a council member, spent nearly three hours in closed session discussing the topic on Wednesday. “We had healthy debate and healthy discussion with regard to the allegations of racism,” Mayor Victor Leal said. “We came out with […]

Economic secretary touts incentive programs

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]