Taser bill stalled in House

CNJ staff A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

County exploring home-monitoring system for nonviolent inmates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Wednesday approved a proposed policy to monitor nonviolent inmates outside detention center walls. The Community Custody Program would use a 24-hour electronic monitoring system attached to the ankle to track inmates activities in their home and around the community. The Commission unanimously approved the […]

USAF report released

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The […]

Legislative breakfast yields requests

by Eric Butler Local city and county officials are requesting hundreds of thousands of state dollars to go toward projects ranging from expansion of the county jail to a proposed regional firearms range. Officials presented the proposed projects to local state legislators at a breakfast Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Bank in Clovis. Local legislators […]

Proposed residential water rate drops

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed 18 percent rate hike by the New Mexico-American Water Company has been somewhat blunted after objections were raised by Clovis schools, the city and local residents. While the schools and city made modest progress toward reducing the hike, residents in the area will see a substantial reduction […]

Governor touts tougher DWI initiative

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Gov. Bill Richardson announces his public safety plan Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 […]

Water-rate compromise discussed

By David Stevens: CNJ editor New Mexico-American Water Company officials are still looking for a rate increase. But they’re discussing a proposal that would be less than the 18 percent requested for the average customer, officials said Wednesday. New Mexico-American and Public Regulation Commission officials confirmed they’re negotiating a compromise to the water company’s original […]

City, schools protest water hike

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ city attorney plans to attend a Public Regulation Commission meeting on Nov. 8 in Santa Fe in hopes of blocking a proposed hike in water rates for Clovis residents. City Attorney Dave Richards is drafting a letter on behalf of the city and Clovis schools protesting New Mexico-American Water’s […]

Commission votes to contest proposed water rate hike

By Rayn Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to intervene on a proposed rate hike by New Mexico American Water Company. The local water provider filed a rate increase request May 24 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, water rates for Clovis residents would raise by an […]

Water company proposing rate hike for Clovis

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Officials with the local water company plan to increase water rates by an average of almost 19 percent for Clovis residents within the next seven months. New Mexico American Water Company Vice President Kathy Wright said reasons for the proposed increase — between 7 and 27 percent depending on […]

Proposed civic center appears within budget

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A proposed Clovis civic center may be smaller than some might like, but it fits in a $5 million budget, officials said Thursday. An Albuquerque-based architectural firm presented conceptual drawings of a proposed civic center to Clovis city commissioners and to a steering committee on Thursday. No action was taken, […]

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 […]