Payroll tax cut should be made permanent

On the payroll tax cut, Republicans are playing tiddlywinks. Democrats are playing poker. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress want to extend the 2 percentage-point cut in the payroll tax — the Social Security tax most workers pay — that was enacted in December 2010. The tax cut expired in December 2011, but […]

City landmarks set to change

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File photo The Hotel Clovis, opened in 1931, was once the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It will be converted into an apartment complex, with a ceremonial groundbreaking set for 11 a.m. Friday. Kevin Wilson A shovel will hit the ground Friday morning, and a gate will be locked Friday evening. The Hotel Clovis […]

Totsy offers a 10 percent discount code on top of their already great deals for back-to-school shoppers

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MCT Totsy.com is a member-only website that offers limited-time sales on high-quality items for parents and kids. McClatchy-Tribune Right now, parents across the country are trying to stretch their back-to-school budgets to get all the necessities for their kids. The members-only website Totsy is here to help with a special deal for readers. Totsy says […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

Federal debt must be cut smart way

Freedom New Mexico President Obama said Monday during a White House press conference that he would not consider stopgap measures to temporarily avert the debt-ceiling crisis, saying “that is just not an acceptable approach.” Speaker John Boehner says he agrees with President Obama that the nation’s borrowing limit must be raised, to avoid a government […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Friday morning briefing: Uh-oh it’s the 13th, cut a ribbon and donate food

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. It’s also Friday the 13th, for those of you who might be superstitious. It’s official The first YMCA for Clovis in more than 30 years officially opens with a ribbon cutting 2 p.m. today at the newly renovated building, 2300 N. Main St. It’s […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 a.m. Feb. 19 an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Gidding Street for a report of a domestic in progress. A man told dispatch a female at the home cut him with a utility knife. Officers […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

First NFL cutdown today

Tuesday is the first of two cut-down days this week for NFL teams. Clovis native Hank Baskett, who rejoined the Eagles after spending a season with the Indianapolis Colts, is competing with five receivers for the final two receiver spots on the Philadelphia roster. He has one catch for 5 yards in two preseason games. […]

EPCOG approves budget, cuts staff

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Interim Director Richard Arguello of Union County, center, directs the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. The board adopted a reduced budget that will eliminate almost a third of its staff. By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost […]

Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – In advance of Tax Day, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Sorghum hay options for limited irrigation, rain-fed conditions in New Mexico

By Leonard Lauriault: AgSense Sorghum forages are an integral part of livestock systems in New Mexico and other semiarid subtropical environments. Currently, three types of annual sorghum forages are available. Forage sorghum is typically planted as a row crop and harvested for single-cut silage, but occasionally it is drilled in closer rows and harvested for […]

Officials hope new MVD site will cut down on wait times

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer State officials were in Clovis and Portales Wednesday announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division website designed to streamline services. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, said the site, which debuted about two weeks ago, will help cut down on wait times at local MVD offices. […]

Schools waiting for governor’s signature on education cut package

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Clovis Municipal Schools leaders are collecting ideas and looking into ways of cutting corners without hurting education programs. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said nothing […]

Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]

Special session: Richardson proposes education cut

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson on Saturday proposed a 1.5 percent cut in education spending as New Mexico lawmakers during a special legislative session decide how to backfill a $650 million hole in this year’s state budget. The proposal to cut public schools and colleges by at least $40 million was a turnabout […]

Clovis’ Baskett makes first cut

CNJ staff PHILADELPHIA — Clovis native Hank Baskett III made the first cut of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, as the team reduced its roster to 75 players Tuesday. The Eagles released safety Brandon Harrison, waived linebacker Charleston Hughes and placed linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Cornelius Ingram on injured reserve for the […]

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]