Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

Sumner Lake reopening

CNJ staff State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 minutes. […]

Report shows war on drugs not effective

Defenders of the war on drugs say it’s a matter of simple morality that the United States continue a full range of anti-drug efforts; it’s an expression of opposition to drug use. Drug war defenders fear that use of now-illicit drugs would skyrocket were these drugs declared legal. But, a growing number of people are […]

Military pay increases guaranteed

Military members are guaranteed at least a 1.4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1, even if a bitterly divided Congress can’t pass a defense authorization bill. What almost certainly will end, however, is an 11-year string of annual military pay increases that exceeded private sector wage growth by at least a half percentage point. The […]

Education digest: School board holding reception

School board holding reception The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be holding a reception Tuesday to honor of board member Lora Harlan. Harlan has resigned effective May 28 after 19 years in the District 3 seat. The reception is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district board room prior to […]

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Press release: Seidenwurm tenders resignation effective June 30

Dr. Rhonda Seidenwurm, Superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, has tendered her resignation to the Board of Education effective June 30, 2010. The Board wishes to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and difficult situations Dr. Seidenwurm has led the district through. She came to Clovis just as the Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) Commission was attempting to […]

CMS superintendent will resign in June

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm resigned Wednesday effective June 30. Board of Education President Lora Harlan said this traditionally is the time of year when the superintendent’s contract is up for renewal. Seidenwurm signed a two-year, $138,700-a-year contract in June 2008. Harlan said Seidenwurm had indicated to the board as early as last summer […]

County jail administrator fired

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Bean By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Nine months into her tenure, Lois Bean has been released from duties as the Curry County detention administrator. The change, effective immediately, was announced in a press release sent at the close of business Wednesday. Bean, contacted Wednesday night, said she was “still digesting” her dismissal and there […]