Preliminary list for education secretary formed

By Jack King A committee charged with picking “approximately five” candidates for the state Secretary of Education has prepared a preliminary list, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday. Catherine Miller, Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, said the committee has not yet presented the five names to the governor because it is still […]

Wife’s list secret to successful column

Bob Huber I spent time recently reading my wife’s daily journals, a set of diaries dating back more than 50 years to the day we married. Without going into detail, I have to say we award-winning journalists must occasionally resort to this type of devious activity in order to capture more prizes and get a […]

Private solutions more effective than do not call list

Freedom Newspapers The lead sentence from a news story on Friday should have turned a few heads: “Congress moved at lightning speed Thursday to keep telemarketers at bay.” Lightning speed? Congress may be a lot of things, but lightning fast it is not. Yet when it comes to “protecting” residents from intrusions of telemarketers peddling […]

Obituaries present unique problems

David Stevens Obituary reports are well read in our newspaper. We know this because they generate more feedback than any other regular reports. They also present a number of unique challenges. Most obituaries are not compiled in the same manner we compile other news. For most news stories, we gather the information first-hand, direct from […]

Taxes, water highlight ACI Issues Roundtable

By Gary Mitchell The shortage of physicians, the depletion of water resources and the need for better roads topped the list of concerns during the annual ACI Issues Roundtable breakfast Friday at the Clovis Holiday Inn. Approximately 30 business and community leaders attended the event, sponsored by the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and […]

Brack’s seat may remain open for some time

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get […]

HR 207 could limit access to supplements

Those who want to use government to protect us from ourselves are often well-intentioned, but in the process they can pose dangers to personal liberties and the freedom to make one’s own choices. A current example that seems almost designed to lead to overbroad restrictions is HR 207, which would give the U.S. attorney general […]

Some random thoughts and one-liners to ponder

By Bob Huber I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to stay up late and take notes from TV shows like Jay Leno and David Letterman. Now I just log […]

Lake dropped from Superfund list

By Jack King The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Co. will hold an open house Thursday at Santa Fe Lake to celebrate the removal of the lake from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the lake site on South Main Street across […]