Letters to the editor: Hotel project vital to community

There has been much talk recently about the Affordable Housing Plan and the ordinance adopted by the city. In 2002, the New Mexico Legislature passed Constitutional Amendment 6. This amendment allows counties and municipalities to donate land, existing buildings, infrastructure, etc. to the development of affordable housing. This allowed the city of Clovis to donate […]

Patriots submit petition signatures to city

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon numbers petitions filed Monday by the High Plains Patriots. If 456 signatures are verified, the petitions will force a special election for an area Affordable Housing Plan. Melancon said verification should be complete by Wednesday. Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots Citizens group turned in […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Unpatriotic to renew Patriot Act

Freedom New Mexico W hen are Americans going to insist that their government start following the Constitution? Last Friday, Congress passed an extension of the misnamed USA Patriot Act, which severely breaches Americans’ Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” President […]

Patriot Act needs to be reassessed

C rucial votes on extending the USA Patriot Act could happen soon in both houses of Congress. The current extension of the act, passed three months ago, expires May 27. The act originally was passed by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks almost 10 years ago. It greatly expanded government surveillance powers. This […]

Don’t let bureaucrats set premiums

Freedom New Mexico State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem […]

Guest columnist: Bill’s passage would ensure water supply

On Friday, the New Mexico State Legislature passed an important bill, SB 209, which is now on its way to the governor’s desk. SB 209 is a significant step forward in assuring continued municipal water supply for Clovis. Once signed by the governor and after the promulgation of related regulation by the New Mexico Public […]

Letter to the editor: Dems putting freedom in danger

Dems putting freedom in danger It is not good to have a super majority in Washington. That is what we have now, held by the Democrats. Because they had this great majority, they passed a government health care (one payee) bill involving 2,500 unread pages and passed behind closed doors. This bill forces the American […]

Weekly update — Nov. 7

San Juan County resolves to support LATN People are still talking about Cannon’s LATN proposal. The San Juan County Commission passed a resolution Thursday night in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposal to establish a low altitude tactical navigation area, or LATN, in northwest New Mexico and southern Colorado. San Juan is the second […]

Base commander: Communication key in low-altitude training issue

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Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark said communication is going to be the key to the Air Force creating a low-altitude tactical navigation area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Cannon hosted eight public meetings within the proposed 94,000 square mile area that Cannon would train its MC-130 and […]

Couple’s mishap should serve as warning

Freedom Newspapers More than a week has passed since Tiffany Young-Hartley reported her husband was fatally shot as they rode personal watercraft on International Falcon Reservoir, southeast of Laredo, Texas. She has made the rounds of national news shows describing the attack on the two of them, and demanding that her husband’s body be turned […]

Lawmakers right to refuse federal funding

Gov. Rick Perry, Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Texas representatives are enduring criticism to their opposition to the $26.1 billion federal education funding package passed last week that probably will leave Texas out of the mix. The state could receive up to $830 million, but requires Perry to make promises he […]

Officials say now best time to build judicial complex

Sharna Johnson Curry County could have a new jail and courthouse within two years if a $33 million bond to bankroll a new judicial complex is passed by voters. Albuquerque architect Don May said detailed designing of the facilities would take about a year with a little more than a year for construction. “In our […]

Police blotter — May 30

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon May 13 an officer responded to the 500 block of Thornton Street for a report of battery. A man told dispatch he had followed a man who had hit him. Officers met with the 20-year-old, who said he was driving […]

Prepare to pay higher costs for health care

Freedom New Mexico Proponents of the recently passed health care bill often stated that the United States should have universal health care “like Canada,” “like Europe,” “like other advanced nations.” Opponents were quick to point out that like all those other nations, nationalized health care in this country would lead to long waits and worse […]

God’s miracles surround us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist On that first Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the crowd hailed him as their king. As he passed by, they cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and they spread palm branches on the road to carpet the path of […]

After taxes, little money left to save

Freedom New Mexico America Saves Week passed a couple of weeks ago. It was intended to raise awareness of the importance of putting a little money away for emergencies. The week went by with little notice, and it’s not surprising. Few people are saving money, and most say they aren’t able to. January’s personal savings […]

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Halfway through session, only one bill passed

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With the halfway point of the legislative session coming Wednesday — and with nearly 500 bills in the hopper — lawmakers have passed only one bill. But a couple of tax increase bills that would raise sales tax for everyone and impose a surtax on upper income […]

United Way still taking donations

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo United Way volunteer Betty Wagner processes donations Tuesday at the United Way office on Main Street. Wagner said she’s a four-year volunteer for United Way. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of […]