Bills seek to shore up interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Airwave auction might actually benefit consumers

By Freedom New Mexico An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has […]

Business Feature: Bigger bang can be bought

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Paul Bennett, owner of Wholesale Fireworks Stand on U.S. Highway 60/84, examines some of the new fireworks Wednesday that are for sale. Bennett said patrons must be at least 16 years old to buy fireworks. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Dee Wieland, owner of Road Runner Fireworks north of […]

Suggested testing of weapons beyond weird

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s one of those incidents that should leave Americans uneasy, unsure whether to get angry or laugh. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said last week that the United States should use high-power microwave devices and other nonlethal weapons on American citizens to test them before using them on foreign enemies, according to […]

Fireworks spark concern

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Clovis residents Kathy Martinez and daughter Brittaney Bruhn buy fireworks on Saturday at the Phantom Fireworks booth outside Lowe’s supermarket on 14th Street. The booth is manned by Jeff Cahall and his son Sierra. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer The array at the Phantom Fireworks booth includes monikers such as […]

Detention center budget focus of commission meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s continued financial drain on the county budget once again dominated discussions at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. According to Curry County Manager Dick Smith, 65 to 75 percent of the county’s budget is already being poured into the detention system because of continued […]

Airmen enjoy explosive vocation

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Staff Sgt. Wes Leaverton likes to blow things up. Or, perhaps more important — he likes making sure things don’t blow up when they’re not supposed to. “It’s a little different from the normal everyday Air Force,” he said. “Our mission is so […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]