OSHA probes silo death

By Darrell Todd Maurina The general manager of AGP Grain Marketing’s elevator operations in Texas said the man who died Thursday in a Farwell grain elevator perished in wheat only 8 to 12 feet deep. Ben Brandvik said much of his time over the last few days has been spent trying to make sure employees […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]

Civic center money should go for city pay raises

Letters to the editor The answer to giving our city employees raises and bringing them up with other communities on a better pay scale is simple. It’s right before our eyes, only the city commission does not want the citizens to see it or talk about it. Take the $1.2 million designated for a civic […]

Police Blotter 8/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis police met Monday morning with a business owner who had a surveillance tape of her employees taking cash for purchases, putting the money beside the cash register, but not putting it in the register. The owner estimated a total loss of […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]

Patriot Act gives government too much power

Give the government additional power and government officials will use and abuse it. That’s the nature of government, and a key reason the nation’s founders believed in strictly limiting the size and scope of government and separating powers so that different branches of government would check and balance other branches. Unfortunately, that lesson often is […]

Commission adjusts budget to fund pay increase

By Jack King Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a line item budget change that will make it possible to fund a 1 percent pay increase for county employees for one year. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Pete Hulder and Kathrynn Tate voted against the budget cut, following a debate that highlighted an on-going debate about […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]