Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Handling complaints

By David Stevens I received a complaint on Sunday from a Clovis High School band parent. She wanted to see a news report about the band’s recent success in a California competition. We knew about the band’s success and a reporter was assigned to write a feature on that topic for last Thursday’s education page. […]

Cannon families, friends await arrival of deployed troops

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 200 Cannon “lethal warfighters” deployed at various locations for several months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom will return home to Cannon on Monday and Tuesday. Family members, colleagues and friends will be waving flags and cheering as the Cannon service members come back home, […]

Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September […]

Public does have a right to know — and should push it

By Bob Johnson The state Taxation and Revenue Department wanted to make a profit — and compete with private business — by charging whatever it pleased for electronically stored public records of its Motor Vehicle Division. So the department came up with a bill to make that possible. The scheme almost made it through the […]