Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Base closure criteria raises cheers and concerns for Cannon backers

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Business Digest 12/9

Some state land open for tree cutting Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick H. Lyons has announced he is opening state trust lands for the cutting of Christmas trees during the holiday season, at no cost to the public. Ten parcels of state trust land will be opened for tree cutting through Christmas Eve. Beginning Friday, […]

Heine and Huber defended Colorado

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could […]

Leaving a lasting impression

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Republic of Singapore Air Force 2nd Warrant Officer Chris Chua and his wife Rachel will leave Clovis to go home to Singapore, but not without memories of the people, religion, and nature. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Republic of Singapore Air Force 2nd Warrant Officer Chris Chua and his wife, Rachel, have served […]

Fair board chided over purchasing

By Jack King The Curry County commission and County Manager Geneva Cooper said Wednesday the county fair board spent more than $18,373 this year without following proper county procurement procedures. Commissioners took fair board President Buddy Vaughn and treasurer Peggy Burns to task at the commission’s board meeting for making 16 purchases alleged to have […]

Amendment a raid on the state’s future

By Brian Moore Many of you have seen a letter published in the Albuquerque Journal from Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, about education reform and the Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. I thought perhaps your readers might appreciate a different view. Let me start by saying that I agree about the need for true […]

Sections support schools, hospitals

By Don McAlavy I had a request from June Edwards Locknane who wanted a column on school sections. Unless you live in the country and farm or ranch you probably wouldn’t know much about them. A school section is land owned by the state and leased to private individuals, with the funds used for public […]

Traffic concerns, character lead P&Z to deny zone change

By Jack King Twenty-eight residents of an east-Clovis neighborhood appeared at the city’s planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday to oppose a request to build four duplexes in the 2400 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. Commissioners present at the meeting — Chairman Jim Wilkerson, Bill Bollinger, Juan Garza, Tom Martin, Richard Vela — voted […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]