Teens can tell fantasy from reality

By Steve Chapman Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill banning the sale of violent or raunchy video games to minors, after a debate that reached its high point when one member said, “I am going to vote for this bill knowing it’s unconstitutional.” Score a point for truth in government. The […]

Pair wins school-board spots

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Roy Woodard casts his vote Tuesday at Yucca Junior High School in District 1 for the school board election. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Attorney R. Max Best and business owner Lola Bryant were elected to four-year terms on the Clovis school board Tuesday. A mill levy to fund […]

Levy renewal sought

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A mill levy to be voted on Feb. 1 would prolong a property tax to fund maintenance and building around area school districts. If passed, a tax of $2 for every $1,000 of property would be assessed to fund school capital improvements in Clovis, Grady and Melrose. The tax […]

County proposing tax hike

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is poised to increase gross receipts taxes for next fiscal year. The Commission on Tuesday passed a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that would raise gross receipts tax by .125 percent. The increase falls under a “negative referendum,” meaning the Commission does not […]

Vixens roll to Region B championship

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Fort Sumner senior Tobea Patterson blocks the shot of Cimarron senior Mandi Trujillo Friday. By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior Fort Sumner setter almost always put the ball in the right position […]

Kerry’s bills were hardly core issues of liberty

Freedom Newspapers O ne factor voters should consider in the presidential race is John Kerry’s record as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the issues that were important enough to him to bring to the Senate floor. In the third debate, President Bush charged, “I think it’s important, since he talked about the Medicare plan […]

Corporate tax bill will be good for businesses, jobs

Freedom Newspapers Although it isn’t perfect, the corporate tax bill Congress passed earlier this month is a winner. It will aid business expansion and job creation. This is the best way to help companies — much preferred in our view to government subsidies and other pork-barrel spending on companies. (We say that with the caveat […]

County considers new events center plan

By David Irvin Curry County’s proposed events center was back in the spotlight on Tuesday with a new plan. The latest proposal, from Schlegel Lewis Architects of Albuquerque, is to build a facility next to the county fairgrounds’ Mounted Patrol Arena, which could share some of the outdoor rodeo arena’s infrastructure. One element that might […]

School issue passes

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Vivian Lake, right, a retired Clovis school teacher, signs up to cast her vote during Tuesday’s bond election. Election Judge Jerrie Lou Franse, left, watches at Yucca Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich A special school bond issue passed easily Tuesday, paving the way for Clovis Public Schools to receive […]

States are right on drug reform

Freedom Newspapers While the federal government in recent years has approached illicit drug policy along the lines of the classic definition of a fanatic — if it isn’t working, redouble your efforts — there has been a quiet rethinking of drug policy at the state level, beginning with the decision by California voters in 1996 […]