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 […]