With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains […]

Drought conditions blamed for cattle sell-off

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Broadview rancher Pat Woods in one of his pastures north of Clovis. He said he’s already sold half of his cattle and may have to sell the rest if rain doesn’t come because the cattle won’t have anything to eat. Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at […]

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthose commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary […]

Lawmakers proposing tax hikes

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Letters to the editor

Increasing need for firearms On Jan. 30, two males kicked in the door of our home and were approximately 4 1/2 feet from my daughter. (“Clovis woman fires on intruders,” Feb. 6 CNJ) I am extremely grateful the police arrived within three to four minutes. Unfortunately crime is escalating and we cannot expect them to […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Price increased for Sunday paper

CNJ staff The price for Sunday editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune is going up by 25 cents. Freedom New Mexico, which publishes both papers, is increasing the price from $1 to $1.25 effective Sunday to offset production costs, according to Publisher Ray Sullivan. Sullivan said the rising cost of utilities, labor […]

Feb. 9, 1920

Long Bell Lumber Co. (telephone number 15) pledged to provide its customers with quality lumber and “sound business counsel.” … Miller-Nash Motor Co. of Clovis reported tractor use was rapidly increasing across the nation – from 132,000 produced in 1919 to an estimated 315,000 in 1920. … Clovis Police Chief Dick Moye was being credited […]

Security troop surge may provide not worth costs

Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years — 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional […]