Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Jail officials compiling inmate costs for state reimbursement

Sharna Johnson The state is paying less than the costs its inmates incur at the Curry County jail based on recent calculations by jail administrators, who are trying to compile data to get reimbursed. In one quarter last year — from January to April 2010 — the cost of housing 19 inmates locally for the […]

Military mama: Paying my parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

Deep in debt paying parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t fund private pensions

Freedom New Mexico For years another potential multibillion fiscal catastrophe has been brewing, obscured by higher-profile storms created by taxpayer bailouts of Detroit and Wall Street and the looming crash of underfunded public employee pension plans. For the first time, taxpayers may become responsible for the nongovernmental pension liabilities of union collective bargaining contracts in […]

Year in review: Major crimes down

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CNJ file photo An investigator holds up homicide victim Clifford Webber’s New Mexico driver’s identification card found in his wallet by collecting evidence at a house on west 14th Street. The case was one of three homicides in Clovis and Curry County during 2009. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement focused on […]

Paying attention may be easiest from computer

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican So you’ve heard politicians pontificating about the need for citizens to participate in government and being the responsible, civic-minded citizen you are, you’ve decided to take them up for it and go to the state Legislature this week to push for new laws you support or try […]

3-13-08 Education digest

By Gabriel Monte Mesalands offering wind technology class Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari will be offering Wind Energy Technology classes in the fall semester. The class will use a 400-foot, 1.5 megawatt wind turbine the college purchased from the General Electric Corp. for more than $2 million. Information: www.mesalands.edu/wind Student test fee funds available New […]

Nov. 5, 1944

Curry County youths Robert Stephen Hockenhull, Bill James Riggan and Paul Randol Call were inducted into the Navy. … The Clovis Floral Co., 501 E. Fifth St., claimed “It Isn’t a Date Without a Corsage” in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A Marlow, Okla., visitor in Clovis was arrested for drunkenness and was released after […]

Feb. 18, 1919

A.B. Austin & Son was paying 18 cents per pound for hens and 21 cents per pound for turkeys. … Russell Smith had been discharged from the Navy and returned to Clovis. … The Clovis Broom Factory was producing “excellent brooms which can be found on sale with every first class grocerman in Clovis.” … […]

Task force yet to tackle main ethics issue

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They have to feel like David staring ashen-faced up at Goliath. It’s like someone handed them a teacup after Katrina and said, “go clean her up.” They are trying to row a kayak through gunk. Working diligently toward its October deadline to submit recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson is the […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]

Recording industry fights wrong battle

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes an industry can be so obnoxious it’s hard to know what to say. Citing a 31 percent drop in sales of recorded music, the Recording Industry Association of America has decided to sue those individuals who share music files over the Internet. A big “win” came recently when the RIAA gained a […]