Including women in draft would be counterproductive

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes you wonder if people in government have any sense at all. “The chief of the Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft,” reported Hearst Newspapers last week. We oppose a draft — for women or men — on the grounds that the state should not have the power […]

Concerns about water project addressed

TV Hagenah TV Hagenah FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS tv_hagenah@link.freedom.com SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aide had a handful of concerns about the proposed legislation concerning the Ute Lake Pipeline Project, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the […]

Cannon defends sonic booms

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An F-16 from Cannon’s 522 Fighter Squadron fires a dummy missile during a training exercise. Courtesy photo. By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials […]

Lawmaker seeks $400,000 for center

David Arkin Curry County’s highly controversial proposed convention center could receive $400,000 if a Clovis lawmakers’ request holds up. Rep. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, submitted several capital outlay requests this week, one of which included thousands of dollars for the proposed special events center. Harden asked for $400,000 to “plan, design and construct a special events […]

Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Cannon discusses expansion

By Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base […]

Exotic animal ordinance pastured

By Jack King City Planning and Zoning Commissioners indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance governing the keeping of exotic animals Wednesday after hearing from several Clovis residents who opposed the ordinance. However, they said the ordinance is not dead and can be resurrected later. The commissioners said they will recommend camels and llamas be added to […]

New regulations aimed at store safety

By Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]