Press release: Udall’s measures advance to president

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) reported today that his legislation to help prevent drunk driving and dangerous “air rage” will now be sent to the president’s desk as a part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that passed the Senate. Udall, whodiscussed the accomplishment on his weekly radio call, has been fighting […]

Park going to dogs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Golden retrievers Maya, left, and Rio wait for Wes Robertson of Clovis to throw them a tennis ball Friday afternoon at the city’s new dog park. Kevin Wilson The city of Clovis is holding a ribbon cutting 12:30 p.m. Monday at its new dog park at Hillcrest Park. The park […]

Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Commission approves job measures

Kevin Wilson The City Commission dipped into economic development funds to bring more than 60 new jobs into the city, and looked into just how far it could reach to aid developers with reductions in sewer and permit fees. In a two-hour meeting that included numerous topics, the commission approved measures dealing with 108 jobs […]

Texico institutes water conservation measures

CNJ staff The city of Texico has initiated water conservation measures. Watering of lawns and landscape is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and a car may only be washed if a bucket or shut-off hose is used. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with even-numbered […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Sept. 18, 2008 Education Digest

Energy manager recognized for energy saving measures Clovis Municipal Schools District Energy Manager Mike Thomson was honored Wednesday as the 2008 Energy Manager of the Year Award. The award was given the New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers. Joel Shirley of CMS said that Thomson has saved the district $880,000 in energy costs over the […]

Neighborhood watch program unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico The capital city is facing a wave of violence that calls for drastic measures. The government has proposed a radical change in tactics, a “surge” if you will, to control it: Entire neighborhoods will be sealed off and designated as “Neighborhood Safety Zones,” patrolled by armed officers who will have the authority […]

Aviation board discusses safety measures

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Civil Aviation Board discussed during its monthly meeting Tuesday a proposal aimed at safer traffic measures at Clovis Municipal Airport through stricter access to airspace. The proposal would call for an air traffic controller and limit access to the airport’s airspace — a five-mile radius around the airport […]

Consumer confidence plunges and home prices hit record low

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Consumer confidence plunged in February as Americans worried about less-favorable business conditions and job prospects, a business-backed research group said Tuesday. The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 75 this month from a revised 87.3 in January. The reading was the lowest since the index registered […]

Home safety local concern

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Cresap, owner of Crosshair Gun Shop in Clovis, said he recommends anyone who purchases a gun attend a safety course. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There were four incidents reported to Clovis police in August involving residents who confronted suspects on their property. Three ended peacefully. In the […]

Making the rounds

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks at the Roundhouse Review Chamber Breakfast at Clovis Community College on Friday morning. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer State lawmakers gave local business and civic leaders a glimpse into the legislative session that ended March 17 at a Friday breakfast. The gathering was organized […]

Officials say water issues not cause for immediate concern

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water […]

Bill to speed up tax cuts shelved

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Schools take precautionary safety measures

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Campus security was heightened at Clovis schools Thursday after the early-morning shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died on Thursday night. A school press release said preliminary reports indicate the incident is gang-related so precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of the students. Lt. James Schoeffel, public […]

Political correctness undermines security

Walter E. Williams Several airport security screeners have sent me polite letters criticizing some of my comments in my last two columns, prompting this question to you: In managing our personal security, should we guard against possible or probable threats? Consider the measures and the resource expenditures I might take to guard Mrs. Williams and […]

Three candidates vie for the City Commission District 2 post: Fred Van Soelen, Len Vohs and the incumbent, Gloria Wicker

By Jack King Fred Van Soelen Age: 33 Employment: Assistant District Attorney Contact: 762-7611 Political experience: None. Len Vohs Age: 50 Employment: Senior sales executive, KICA-KKYC radio Contact: 762-0550 Political experience: None. Gloria Wicker Age: 73 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the Santa Fe railroad and Cannon Air Force Base. Contact: 762-0029 Political experience: City […]

Water conservation effort draws concern

By Jack King Officials of Clovis’ water policy advisory board and the Curry County Commission are still working out compromise language for a resolution encouraging and supporting water conservation, advisory board Chairman Randy Crowder said Wednesday. The City Commission adopted an emergency drought management plan, with water conservation plans and regulations, on Nov. 6. Crowder […]

Post-Sept. 11 security methods have serious gaps

We could find out eventually that heroic clandestine efforts have thwarted terrorist attacks. Certain non-specific and anonymously sourced stories have suggested as much. But it is also possible that security bureaucrats were overreacting with little to show for the trouble they caused to travelers over the holiday season. Either way, American society has been tied […]

What if water use is restricted?

By Claire Bushey In the Sandia Mountains community of Madrid near Albuquerque, lack of water translates to lack of toilets. The New Mexico town with its population of 149 attracts a number of tourists due to its shops and galleries. But because of extreme water conservation measures, it only has four businesses with toilets available […]