Railway’s profits surge

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Three Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines head west toward Clovis as the approach the Prince Street overpass Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Burlington Northern Santa Fe profits surged in the last three months due to a strong demand for freight shipping brought on by inflated fuel prices, heightened […]

County brings in extra revenue

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a little more spending money this year, according to official reports. County Assessor Randy Williams reported Tuesday that the overall taxable property value increased by 4.73 percent from last year. He said the bulk of the increase can be traced to new housing and residential additions […]

Top leaders see Iraq war’s reality, add more troops

Freedom editorial The announcement that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be increased to 150,000 during the prelude to Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 is a bow to realism. It would probably be too much for this administration to acknowledge what the move tacitly admits: that previous troop levels have been insufficient […]

Water rate plan receives mixed reviews

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for commentary related to New Mexico American Water company’s plan to raise water rates. Some responses: “IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. The rates will be raised because the (Public Regulation) Commission will see the figures submitted and determine the company needs the raise to make money. We need the […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

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A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]

Schools report budget gaps

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Clovis school district and districts across New Mexico are facing budget gaps between increased costs and projected revenue, forcing superintendents to scramble for money. Clovis Municipal Schools let 22 employees go in the last two years, at least half of them teachers, in an effort to fund state mandates that […]

Abuse cases rising

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Victimization of N.M. children up by about 11 percent. SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of […]

Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

Report: Crime rising

By Darrell Todd Maurina While national and regional statistics show an across-the-board drop in violent crime reported to the FBI for each of the last four years, crime statistics reported by the Clovis Police Department show an increase over the same period. FBI statistics report murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults as subcategories of violent […]

Voters can secure educational future

Ned Cantwell Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman don’t normally agree on much. They’ve been known to argue about where to have lunch. So why do the two United States Senators stand shoulder to shoulder in their solid support of a proposed amendment to the New Mexico state Constitution to invest more money in education? Because […]