Creating paper trails : Having quick access to important life documents is crucial in the event of a disaster or emergency

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By Theresa Walker : Freedom News Service When it comes to life’s emergencies and disasters, we all need to start thinking like Boy Scouts. You know, always be prepared. Maybe you’ve got 10 gallons of water stored away, along with extra food and hygiene supplies. That’s a good start. But what about important documents? If […]

Escape plan fizzles for embezzlement suspect

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A Portales man accused of embezzling more than $600,000 in early March paid two accomplices $20,000 each to help him go into hiding, according to court documents. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis told investigators in a March 7 interview he and a friend drove Scott Kirby to Lubbock the […]

Leaving Iraq would embolden terroists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of “lying” about weapons of mass destruction and about ties […]

Compensation reviews cause more stress

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Ronald Nesler of Las Cruces, a Vietnam veteran rated 100-percent disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder, learned this month that his case, as decided in 1997 by the Department of Veterans Affairs, lacked documents to support the finding of service-connected PTSD. The VA regional office in Albuquerque advised Nesler in an […]

Roosevelt County deputy arrested

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday following accusations he took a prisoner out of the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had sex with her. Gary Adkins faces a second-degree charge of criminal sexual penetration. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Adkins could face a maximum […]

BRAC documents still under review

The Associated Press Aides for New Mexico’s congressional delegation and others concerned with the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base say it may be next week before they’re able to tell much about documents released to justify the recommendation. “The materials from the Pentagon are very complex and it’s going to take a […]

State reps going over released documents

The Associated Press Military aides for New Mexico’s U.S. senators and Rep. Tom Udall were analyzing information released Tuesday by the Pentagon to back up its recommendations to close military installations across the nation, including Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis. Glen Loveland, spokesman for Udall, D-N.M., said he didn’t expect comments on the documents […]

3/1 Business Digest

Local construction firm recognized Local construction firm Nick Griego & Sons was recognized this year with an Air Combat Command Construction Excellence Award for work done at Cannon Air Force Base, according to documents from an awards ceremony Feb. 17 in Virginia. The ACC Design and Construction Awards were established to recognize contributions to improvements […]

Competitive zeal no excuse for bad reporting

CNJ staff CBS News fired three executives and one other employee Monday, after releasing the results of an independent investigation of the network’s airing of a debunked story critical of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. It wasn’t just the story that proved fateful for the network, but its poor handling of criticisms that […]

CBS fires 4 after report is released on National Guard story

By David Bauder NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and that […]

Portales native in middle of CBS controversy

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The man at the center of CBS’ reports questioning President Bush’s National Guard service is a native of Portales. Bill Burkett of Baird, Texas, near Abilene, graduated from Portales High School in 1967 and was student-body president at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970-71. Burkett also served as commander […]

Edmonds’ case may help new intelligence chief

Freedom Newspapers The story of Sibel Edmonds is one that should not be overlooked amid the news flurry of naming a new CIA chief, the 9/11 Commission report and other ideas to remake the U.S. intelligence community. Edmonds is a former FBI translator who handled wiretaps and documents in various Middle Eastern languages. She complained […]

County turns to legal jargon for defense

Clovis’ public schools, the city of Clovis and Clovis Community College have all taken action in recent weeks that shows they’re beginning to understand the importance of open government. We wish we could say the same for Curry County where County Manager Geneva Cooper, attorney Steve Doerr and county commissioners are still fighting hard to […]

Accusations get more attention than retractions

Freedom Newspapers Army Capt. James “Yousef” Yee and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill might seem to have little in common. But both have recently felt the sting of high-profile accusations from high government officials — only to have the accusations turn out to be nothing but hot air or headline-hunting. Unfortunately, while the accusations generally […]

County’s change of heart is encouraging

David Stevens Welcome to the new Curry County, where government officials say they have nothing to hide. We’ve heard the words before. Now those words have been backed up with some action in the past 10 days. Last month, the Clovis News Journal requested salary records from Clovis’ public schools, Clovis Community College, the city […]

Straight answers about CNJ’s lawsuit against Curry County

Freedom Newspapers Some Curry County public servants are twisting the law to prevent daylight from shining on public records. The Clovis News Journal sued Curry County last week over the refusal of its attorney to release pay information on county workers. We had asked the county for names of employees, their positions, their annual salaries […]

CNJ sues county over pay records

By Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county […]

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 […]