Motherhood entails all sorts of job skills

Freedom New Mexico Consider this a rhetorical gift to all the moms out there: The term “working mother” is redundant. Please understand we mean no disrespect to anyone. Women who have to balance children and careers face formidable challenges. It’s just that the combination of the words “working” and “mother” sort of implies that a […]

ENMU regents consider further infrastructure improvement

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents voted Friday to seek general obligation bonds to complete $11 million in infrastructure repairs. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for business affairs, described the repairs as “very urgent projects” as he reported the university’s five-year capital projects list. “Each of these infrastructure […]

Firefighters preparing for height of fire season

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A sign outside Portales indicates the level of fire danger each day. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area fire departments are preparing for what they consider the height of fire season. High winds and low precipitation are contributing to the high fire danger in Roosevelt and Curry counties, officials […]

Sans writers, TV going down tubes

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Over the last few months, I thought nothing could be more boring than what the writers’ strike had done — old episodes of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” covering weeks-old news. I found out Monday night I was wrong. I was more bored by new episodes of “The […]

Jurors deciding on death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford addresses jurors during the penalty phase of his trial at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, […]

Check your ROI often

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business In previous columns, I’ve discussed how business owners can use financial ratios to assist in making management decisions. Another important financial ratio in determining success is the return on investment ratio. Business owners should set an ROI goal and review the ratio regularly. A business owner’s desire is to make […]

Hollywood weighs in on Mel Gibson

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson’s thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those […]

3/3 City Commission meeting

The following is a report on Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting: Saying goodbye The Clovis City Commission recognized Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Duncan and Commissioner Catherine J. Haynes for their service. Fire safety Clovis Mayor David Lansford asked commissioners to consider banning sales of fireworks until it rains because of safety concerns. Fire Chief Ray […]

Risk-takers like Disney great part of American story

Freedom Newspapers As Disneyland launches its 50th birthday celebration, it seems appropriate to consider the founding father who turned his last name into an enduring brand and created a media giant that bestrides the planet. Walt Disney, as many have noted with varying degrees of accuracy, was not always the kindly, genial Uncle Walt who […]

Celebs should remember past courage

By Leonard Pitts To understand the world that produced Raiford Chatman Davis, it is perhaps enough to understand how he got his name changed. It happened when his mother went to register his birth certificate. She told the man at the counter that her son was known as R.C. Davis. The clerk misheard her, but […]

Private space invaders take big hit

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You might have missed it amid other headlines, but the Supreme Court came down on your side last week. Granted, it’s not your side if you’re one of those folks who spend the day on the phone pestering people to change their long-distance service or buy vacation timeshares. If you are […]

County considers tax hike to compensate for budget deficit

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with a $1.3 million shortfall in their 2004-2005 budget, Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to consider increasing county gross receipts taxes by 3/16 of a percent. That’s about 18 cents extra per $100 sale on merchandise. Commissioners said most of the shortfall is the result of growing expenses […]

Commission considers tax hike

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission will consider a resolution to put a one-quarter percent gross receipt tax increase on the ballot in March 2004 at its regular meeting Thursday. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. If passed, the gross receipt tax increase would be […]

City to consider industrial proposal

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission will consider a proposal to issue $250 million in industrial development bonds to defray the cost of Southwest Cheese Co. moving to Curry County. The bonds will be paid off by the company, through revenues from the project, and not by the city, according to commission documents. The commission […]

Local Briefs 10/21

County commission to consider loans The Curry County Commission will consider authorizing loans for two volunteer fire departments at its regular meeting today. The commission will consider a $102,000 loan agreement with the Field Volunteer Fire Department and a $175,000 loan agreement with the Broadview Volunteer Department. In other business, the commission will consider designating […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]

City to consider costs of water authority

By Jack King At its regular meeting tonight, Clovis’ city commission will consider whether or not the city will provide some services in lieu of cash payments to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Library. According to commission documents, the services […]