Cops and courts: Tear gas puts end to standoff

By CNJ STAFF A standoff Wednesday night at a Clovis home ended when police used tear gas to flush out the occupants, resulting in three arrests, according to Clovis police. Around 7:30 p.m. officers attempting to serve a search warrant began trying to get occupants to come out of a home in the 1120 block […]

Intervening in free market won’t help prices

By Freedom Newspapers Former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev once noted, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” He wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was referring to the bad habit politicians have of spending taxpayers’ money on programs that have little or no real […]

Shooting victim’s family awaits sentencing

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Joseph “J.J.” Phillips was remembered by family members as a man with plenty of interests and a great love for family and friends. The man convicted of killing Phillips, Jimmy Lloyd Bentley, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost a year has passed since their loved one […]

Government incapable of controlling gas prices

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Socialism failed because the governments that embraced it couldn’t solve the basic problem of economics: what to produce and how much. In the old Soviet bloc, warehouses filled up with things people wouldn’t buy, while consumers stood in long lines in the hope of getting what they wanted. Thanks to […]

Gas line broken along U.S. 70

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksJohnny Torres, left, and Fred Segura of PNM observe a gas leak on U.S. Highway 70 and Kimberly Drive Wednesday afternoon. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to […]

Auto official: Gas prices going up

CNJ Staff Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Fuel duel: Fire marshal ends gas war on Prince

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Gas prices dropped to 49.9 cents a gallon Wednesday at the Allsup’s at the corner of Prince Street and Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshal Allan […]

Fueling frenzy hits Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDale Bone of Bard fills his vehicle at Allsup’s on North Prince Street. Bone waited in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to purchase gasoline at $2.29 per gallon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded […]

St. Vrain robbery shocked many

By Don McAlvy: CNJ Columnist Back when this robbery happened, it was the talk of Curry County. The New Mexico State Police were phoned at their headquarters in Clovis at 5:15 p.m., and all law enforcement agencies in the county were quickly alerted. Three armed robbers, unknown and unidentified at the time of the robbery, […]

Gas tax repeal good first step for New Mexico

By Ned Cantwell About every third day some well-intentioned soul sends me an e-mail forward, the intent of which is to suggest I should be thankful it costs only $67.87 to fill up my small pickup. Well, I am not grateful, so stick that in your tank. The idea, I think, is to remind me […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

4/16 Letters to the editor

DWI stops catch more than drunken drivers Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter (“DWI checkpoints waste of time, money,” in Wednesday’s CNJ): The Texico Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the west city limits on April 8. For the record, there were four off-duty Curry County deputies and four sheriff’s reserve officers. The deputies were paid […]

4/12 Local roundup

Man struck by vehicle listed as stable A 22-year-old Clovis man who was hit by a vehicle while walking Monday night was in stable condition Tuesday at a Lubbock hospital, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Gary Pacheco was struck about 8:20 p.m. while walking on Elm Street by a vehicle driven by […]

3/26 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On Thursday morning, officers were called to a residence in the 2000 block of Jonquil Park in response to a report of a burglarized vehicle. They met with the owner who said the vehicle’s plastic cover was cut and several items were […]

Removing tax credit will drive up prices

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist In recognition of higher home heating and fuel costs nationwide, the New Mexico Legislature recently approved a small tax relief package intended to help — at least a little bit — with offsetting those higher energy costs. As your representative, I was proud to support the effort. But the fight […]

2/22 Letters to the editor

Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities Whenever I read a news story in which a New Mexico sheriff is whining about lack of funding or support (“Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident,” Sunday CNJ), I have to laugh. I laugh because the sheriff either: (a) doesn’t understand the level of his or her authority (b) […]

House passes gas tax increase

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The House did a quick about-face Tuesday on a proposal that would increase the state tax on gasoline by 2-cents-a-gallon to help finance improvements to roads used by school buses. The bill initially failed on a tie vote, 31-31, but a short time later the House […]

Federal programs roadblock to recovery

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist What lessons should we have learned from last summer’s deadly and destructive hurricanes? The primary lesson is that we shouldn’t have much faith in a federal bureaucracy like the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They amply demonstrated their incompetence, but what’s our response? We’ll give them more money and more authority. […]

Russian gas cutoff shrewd political move

Freedom Newspapers To some people the decision by Russia last week to cut off natural gas to Ukraine for what ended up being 48 hours was simply mysterious. To others it was essentially a commercial transaction, with Russia (or its 51-percent state-owned natural gas monopoly) simply getting more money from the Ukraine. Still others saw […]

High gas prices helped avoid shortages

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist With all the recent hype and demagoguery about gasoline price-gouging, maybe it’s time to talk about the basics of exchange. First, what is exchange? Exchange occurs when an owner transfers property rights or title to that which is his. Here’s the essence of what transpires when I purchase a gallon […]