Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

Energy costs killing southwest industries

Jim Constantopoulos: Guest Columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 percent […]

Good idea gets stopped in favor of handouts

CNJ staff Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Energy demands reshaping global marketplace

by Freedom Newspapers Attendees of a major symposium in Houston last week heard some thought-provoking prognostications about the global energy outlook. Some of the observations come from representatives of the oil industry, and must be taken in context. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid, or shouldn’t give Americans something to think about as Congress […]

Board votes to reduce energy costs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted unanimously Tuesday to contract with a firm that specializes in reducing energy costs in school districts. Energy Education, Inc. said the projected savings to the school district is $1.6 million in the next seven years. The program focuses on correcting the habits of faculty, […]

President can’t put brakes on rising gas prices

Editorial P retending the president can somehow wave a wand and magically reduce soaring gasoline prices is a typical Washington conceit, little different from the equally misleading idea that he controls the economy or the distribution of jobs. Encouraging such fantasies isn’t unheard of in a presidential campaign season, as candidates attempt to woo the […]

Water board ups project cost by $10 million

By Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]

New energy bill needs to lose pounds of pork

Freedom Newspapers In what could be the last chance for Congress to pass an energy bill before election-year politics paralyze the nation’s capital, Senate Republicans have been hacking away at some of the tax breaks, subsidies and other government giveaways that led to accusations the measure had much more to do with pork barrel than […]

Power outages reported

By Darrell Todd Maurina Electricity went out Thursday at two Clovis locations and one in Muleshoe, cutting power to an unknown number of customers. Xcel Energy spokesman Bill Crenshaw said Thursday evening utility repair crews hadn’t determined the cause of the outages. Crenshaw said the Clovis outages began about 6 p.m. and an outage at […]

Republicans praise Bush vision after State of the Union address

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House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, applauds President Bush as Bush’s State of the Union speech is on television at Radio Shack Tuesday at the North Plains Mall. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Robert Gehrke WASHINGTON (AP) — New Mexico’s congressional delegation praised President Bush’s strong stance on national security and terrorism during his […]

Ute project gets cash from U.S. government

By Jack King A bill signed Monday by President George W. Bush includes $175,000 for the Ute Reservoir Pipeline project, said Chris Gallegos, press representative for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill funds energy and water projects nationwide. Domenici is chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Eastern […]

Oil and gas provisions yes … Hooters no

Ned Cantwell New Mexico writers come to realize they don’t want to mess with Pete Domenici. The Republican Senator of three decades is revered by folks all across I-40, up and down I-25, along the byways of 285. Some years back I wrote some funny stuff about how Pete’s campaign ads showing him reading to […]

Conservation and windmills can’t power growth

Jim Constantopolous If we want to avoid a serious national energy crisis, we need to move beyond temporary fixes and focus on workable long-term solutions. Congress is about to make that choice. Let’s hope it doesn’t settle for politically popular steps that would have no impact on the real energy problems we face. In considering […]

When picking your fight, make it worthwhile

Judy Brandon I have vivid childhood memories from years spent in Kansas City during my parents’ seminary days. The family budget was tight so my parents were very frugal and very inventive in making ends meet. On one occasion, my mother purchased an old sofa from a thrift store. The sofa’s wood trim was in […]

Police pay problem can solve jail issue

Letters to the editor It was not until I read the insightful comments of your readers in last Sunday’s paper that the solution to the city/county dilemma of police office pay and prisoner housing became clear. Step 1: We can fire any of the cops who want money for their work. Right away this eliminates […]

Cole, Joe

Joe Cole Services: Have been held. Mr. Joseph “Joe” Jackson Cole, 58, a lineman with Xcel Energy, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Ripple Mead, Va., to Sam and Christine Cole. He married Hazel Tivis on Dec. 27, 1964, in Juarez, Mexico. […]

Crow causes power outage

By Jack king A crow caught in equipment in at Xcel Energy substation west of Clovis caused the substation to shut down Thursday, depriving 2,400 homes and businesses of power for a brief period, a company spokesman said. Xcel spokesman Bill Crenshaw said safety equipment at the substation stopped the flow of energy from the […]

Resource rules should affect all

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman should be lauded for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy […]