City commission denies religious procession request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city commission tabled a request for a religious procession in its July 23 meeting, citing concerns over noise levels, traffic disruptions and a lack of public input. The commission unanimously denied Sean Ferreira’s request Thursday for all of those reasons, in addition to a lack of visible public [...]

Doing business differently should become norm

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist As America begins a new chapter after the historical election of Barack Obama, doing business differently is not an option but the norm. A regular review of financial data, keeping abreast of changes in the industry, economy, and local environment will be a necessary task for business owners. The support [...]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel [...]

Officials express varied concerns about water supply

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The operations manager for New Mexico American Water Co. said the company is adding new wells to stay ahead of the growth the city is expected to experience from the transition of Cannon Air Force Base to a Special Operations Command and new industries settling in Clovis. Jim Bonner [...]

Energy market doesn’t need Congress’ help

By Freedom Newspapers Always in search of a gimmicky way to mass market lousy ideas, some members of Congress have been lining up behind something called the 25 X 25 plan. The plan would set the country on the course of getting 25 percent of its electricity and motor fuels from so-called renewables by 2025. [...]

Gore’s global warming warning goes to extremes

By Freedom Newspapers Former Vice President Al Gore returned to Washington on Wednesday to whip up global warming hysteria, calling on Congress to cut greenhouse gases 90 percent by 2050 and impose new taxes on carbon emissions. “I know the phrase sounds shrill,” was Gore’s own understated assessment of his testimony before the House Energy [...]

Government secretiveness not acceptable

Editorial All levels of government need to be more open with the public they serve. So says a national survey the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University conducted earlier this year for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. The survey’s results are part of how those of us wanting government to be more open [...]

Web site tracks water quality

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than half of the public drinking water systems in Curry County have been cited by the New Mexico Environment Department for drinking water violations, according to a new online drinking water database. Fifteen public water providers were cited by the state since 1993 for higher than established contaminant [...]

Toxic rocket fuel component at center of water-safety debate

David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent An environmental group reported last week that a new study suggests young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel. The study by the Environmental Working Group comes as California and federal regulators consider setting [...]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or [...]