Iraq U.N. Oil for Food program corrupt

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Good morning, and welcome to today’s edition of “What’s News?” A Senate committee has released a report alleging that two prominent European opponents of the Iraq War were paid off by Saddam Hussein as part of the U.N. Oil for Food program. I’ll reveal their names in a moment. You […]

Grass-cutting season back in full swing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A little bit of snow, a little bit of rain over the past few months and you get a green explosion in your yard here on the High Plains. High grass means it’s time to break out the lawn mower. This is the third season for the family grass cutter, […]

Self, Steven

Steven Self Services: Have been held. Stephen Earl “Stuffy” Self, 92, of Clovis, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was born on June 22, 1912, in Boswell, Okla., to Richard and Mary Self. He married Opal Farrar on Nov. 25,1946. He came to Melrose in 1928 and worked […]

Energy demands reshaping global marketplace

by Freedom Newspapers Attendees of a major symposium in Houston last week heard some thought-provoking prognostications about the global energy outlook. Some of the observations come from representatives of the oil industry, and must be taken in context. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid, or shouldn’t give Americans something to think about as Congress […]

Managing budget major balancing act

By Brian Moore Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there … pretty soon you’re talking real money. Even though our budget […]

Earthquakes have even shaken Clovis

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Clovis recorded earthquakes in 1925, 1931 and 1935. At 5:17 a.m., July 30, 1925, Clovis felt a tremor originating from an earthquake which registered 4.2 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was just northeast of Amarillo. Clovis felt two distinct shocks in 30 seconds. Buildings were badly shaken and dishes were […]

U.N.’s Oil for Food program utterly corrupt

Freedom Newspapers The infamous United Nations Oil for Food program is getting some well-deserved, increasingly skeptical attention as a result of congressional hearings and the report from CIA weapons inspector Charles Duelfer’s Iraq Survey Group. Every aspect of this apparently far-reaching and profoundly corrupt program deserves to be exposed. But it should be remembered that […]

Prairie chickens given safe haven

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A nature gorup has purchased a pair of rancxhes near Milesnad in hopes of further protecting the lesser prairie chicken indigenous to the area. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s rare lesser prairie chickens just got 12,000 acres safer. The New Mexico Nature Conservancy recently acquired the Pearce and Creamer ranches […]

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators ruled Wednesday morning that a fire at the China Star restaurant was accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. Westerman said the fire began Sunday morning near a deep fryer where a cook, Zhang Tingfa, had been changing the oil and left the room to make a […]

A.L. Gurley: Pioneer entrepreneur

One of the busier pioneers who helped in the making of Clovis was A. L. Gurley. He made his fortune in broomcorn and oil. Success in oil was the tricky part! This is how it came about: First he married his childhood sweetheart, Myrtle Poor, in Purdy, Mo. That was in 1903. They headed west […]

Terrorist attack on oil facility shows reprisal problems

An attack over the weekend on offices of oil facilities in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 22 people dead, mostly foreign workers. It might have been part of an al-Qaida effort to disrupt world oil supplies and perhaps even to affect the U.S. economy adversely. Or it might have been an attack designed more to weaken […]

Domestic sources of oil could help reduce gas prices

Freedom Newspapers Records are being broken in both the price per barrel of crude oil ($40.77) and the price per gallon of gasoline ($1.90 in Clovis on Wednesday), raising fears of inflation and economic slowdown, as well as grassroots calls for a national gas-buyers boycott. And so the political jousting naturally continues over who or […]

Lovington oil man to push solution for water problem

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico state senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something […]

President can’t put brakes on rising gas prices

Editorial P retending the president can somehow wave a wand and magically reduce soaring gasoline prices is a typical Washington conceit, little different from the equally misleading idea that he controls the economy or the distribution of jobs. Encouraging such fantasies isn’t unheard of in a presidential campaign season, as candidates attempt to woo the […]

New energy bill needs to lose pounds of pork

Freedom Newspapers In what could be the last chance for Congress to pass an energy bill before election-year politics paralyze the nation’s capital, Senate Republicans have been hacking away at some of the tax breaks, subsidies and other government giveaways that led to accusations the measure had much more to do with pork barrel than […]

It’s a gas…

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Ollie Moore of San Jon washes her windshield Monday while purchasing gas at the Texaco/Allsup’s on the corner of Prince and 21st streets. She was headed home after returning from Lubbock on business. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Gas prices are down in the region, some merchants said Monday, mirroring prices across […]

State senate candidate has big plans for future of local area

Question and Answer William V. Palmer is a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor. He has announced he will run as a Republican for State Senate District 42, which covers Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties. The seat is currently occupied by Gay Kernan, also a Republican, from Hobbs. Q: Tell us a […]

Editorial: Venezuelan recall effort doubtful

It could be that California will not be the only place that recalls its chief executive this year. Opponents of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez have presented some 2.7 million signatures — 2.4 million were required — to call a national referendum on Chavez. But the president has questioned the legitimacy of the signatures and vowed […]

Conspiracy of kindness

By Gary Mitchell Faith Christian Family Church is hoping to give back to the seniors citizens who have given so much through its “Conspiracy of Kindness” campaign. Several area businesses have partnered with the Clovis church to provide free oil and filter changes and car washes Aug. 24-25 to all senior citizens ages 60 and […]

God — not medicine — is greatest healer of all

By Judy Brandon The miracles of modern medicine are astonishing. Medical procedures and the latest drugs now cure severe conditions and zap infections that were once fatal. Although now it just seems to be standard procedure, it is all quite different. My mother related to me the story about the time her sister cut herself […]