Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

Officials working to secure funds to close county road

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County officials say they are working diligently to get enough money to re-situate a road causing problems for Cannon Air Force Base. Manager Lance Pyle said his office is pursuing grant money to cover the expense of closing Curry Road R and paving a neighboring road to serve as […]

Melrose water temporarily shut off

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said the city water system will temporarily be shut down as a crew works on line problems. Pyle said around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there was a call of a water break at the corner of Missouri and Third streets. In the process of repairing the line, Pyle said, another […]

Rains flood county jail

Weekend storms created a stink at the Curry County Detention Center. Administrator Lois Bean said the problems began Friday night and got worse as rains poured and the city’s main sewer line began flooding in the annex of the center. Bean said the inmates simply kept out of the way of the detention center’s maintenance […]

Private jail would mean less county control

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Most counties that hire private companies to run their jails find they have the same problems, but less control with the same

Frugality easier than you think

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tough economic times require tough action. A check of the daily headlines or your 401K statement will tell the time for that action is now. Sales are down in lots of businesses, wage freezes or layoffs are occurring and the job market is tight. One of the best […]

11/30 Letters to the editor

Law officers deserve better pay Many jobs come with stress. Sometimes these jobs cause severe family problems, alcoholism, drug problems, divorces, and abuses of all kinds. One of our most stressful jobs is that of law officer — a job with few thank-yous that produces old men and women before their time. Most citizens wouldn’t […]

Boring is good

Small towns have a lot of problems. So do big towns.

Patience difficult, but virtuous

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be […]

Candidates overlook power of pets

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico The presidential race is becoming so competitive candidates are asking for their children’s help. John Edwards, for example, has been bringing his two kids, Jack, 7, and Emma Claire, 9, on the campaign trail with him. Hillary Clinton persuaded her daughter, Chelsea, 27, to accompany her while campaigning in […]