Pension system would benefit from competition

Freedom Newspapers A House labor subcommittee has taken the first steps toward reforming the way private companies handle pensions. The issue has come increasingly to the fore in the wake of defaults in the troubled airline industry. United Airlines is scheduled to default on about $10 billion in pension obligations, of which $6.6 billion is […]

United Way surpasses 2003 donation total

Staff reports Curry County United Way has added nearly $40,000 to its pledges in the past week, bringing the tally to $367,557. The late surge puts the organization above the 2003 total, but about 7 percent short of its 2004 goal of $392,500. “I doubt we’ll reach the goal, but we are very happy to […]

Water board member says funding option may change

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A member of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority believes there is a 50 percent chance the funding formula for the estimated $307 million Ute Water Project will change. ENMRWA board member Catherine Haynes, who was in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying for federal funding of the project […]

Yucca to get new roof: Reporter’s Notebook

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Folks at a Clovis junior high school are getting ready for a bona fide roof raising, courtesy of the state’s Public School Capitol Outlay Council. “I am pleased to announce that Yucca Junior High in Clovis has been selected to receive a new million-dollar roof,” said Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa […]

County nixed for overpass special grant

By Jack King In a process a Clovis official called “blatant favoritism,” and which may have violated its own regulations, the state Community Development Council failed to award key funding to a project to build an overpass over State Road 467 in Curry County. The council — whose members were replaced last year by Gov. […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]