Robbery sign of personal dark times

By Grant McGee: local columnist Some guy with a bad idea created a bad day for a bunch of people two weeks ago. I’m talking about that bank robbery here in Clovis. I think I may have an idea how those bank employees felt that day. On my first day as a New Mexican I […]

School to fight for water rights

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Municipal Schools and the city of Clovis are mounting a joint defense against a water-rate hike proposed by the New Mexico-American Water Co. Their rates would increase by 30 percent under the proposal, according to New Mexico-American officials. City and school officials said they will file a motion […]

City weighs in on water issues

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Water was at the top of the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting, as commissioners took action on three water-related issues: • Private landowners were offered $13,560 and a “compromise” to construct a drainage channel on their property. • A motion was approved to file an intervention opposing […]

Child welfare ratings lagging

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press o Study shows N.M. ranks 48th out of 50 when it comes to well-being of children. By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s child death rate has increased 45 percent over a three-year period, but New Mexico Voices for Children says that’s not as bad as […]

Water company rate increase draws ire

Letters to the Editor In reading about New Mexico American Water Company’s proposed rate increase of 25 percent, I was not a happy camper. The Clovis News Journal article mentions the 11- percent rate increase of (2005). That may have been a needed increase, but as it is with gasoline and other current natural resources […]

6/17 Local roundup

CNJ staff Clovis Juneteenth celebration Saturday The Clovis Juneteenth celebration will be filled with food and fun, according to event coordinator William Hall. Upsilon Street at Potter Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the all-day event. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in […]

Water costs causing concern

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Phyllis Wallace lives in a humble home with sparse furnishings. However, her back yard is an oasis filled with plants. A retired teacher, Wallace, 72, said the possibility of an increase in her water bill has her nervously eyeing her budget and wondering if she can maintain […]

Water company raising rates in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico-American Water Co. has petitioned the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to raise rates for water utilities in Clovis. According to the petition, the water company is requesting an increase of 25 percent from its Clovis customers. New Mexico-American serves more than 14,000 customers in the Clovis area. The reason cited in […]

4/23 Reunions

USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association 2006 reunion is in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10-17 at the Ramada Inn, 1721 N. LaCrosse Street. Call (605) 342-1300 for reservations. Ask for the USS Long Beach reunion rate before Aug. 10. For information contact Don Shade, 299 Kiantone Road Lot 92, Jamestown, NY […]

French protesters have wrong idea

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist French students and unions have been protesting for weeks now over a law making it easier for companies to get rid of employees. Under the measure recently signed by President Jacques Chirac, they may fire workers younger than 26 during their first two years on the job — for no […]

Tax increases no solution to budget deficit

Freedom Newspapers Federal deficits finally are getting action in Washington this year. President Bush attacked them in his State of the Union speech Jan. 31, calling for spending restraint. And Democrats are upset that President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts supposedly are not producing enough revenue and will mandate spending cuts in favored programs. “Democrats will […]

Lawmaker pensions in bill going to governor

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, lawmakers sent the governor something to sweeten their pensions. Tucked into a bill dealing with mileage rates for state workers is a provision that would change the formula for calculating the pensions of members of the Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Bill […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

Promoting dependency won’t help poor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, President Bush gave America’s poverty pimps and race hustlers new ammunition. The president said, “As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a […]

Q&A: Santa Fe physician to run for governor

Dr. J.R. Damron is president of Santa Fe Radiology. The Santa Fe Republican plans to run in the 2006 state gubernatorial race. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara, an oncology nurse, and two children. Q. How would you align yourself politically? A. I’m conservative and moderate on some issues. I feel people […]

County unemployment rate increases

By Ryn Gagulinski: CNJ staff writer The state’s unemployment rate has been steadily increasing — up to 5.9 percent in March, higher than February’s 5.6 percent and January’s 5.3, according to state officials. In Curry County, February saw a jobless jump up to 5 percent in February from last year’s 4.5. State Department of Labor […]

West Texas gas prices skyrocket

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Linda Porter put six months of her time and effort starting up Box Office Video Copper Cove n’ More in Farwell. But when she received her January gas bill, she just couldn’t go on, she said. It was the final straw, and on Sunday she officially closed her doors. […]

Silence not an option in AIDS fight

By Leonard Pitts Makgatho Mandela died last week of illnesses related to AIDS. We know this because his father, Nelson, announced it to the world Thursday. As you surely know, Nelson Mandela won a Nobel Prize and international acclaim for a struggle against South African apartheid that included 27 years of incarceration. He is a […]

New Mexico tops in pedestrian deaths

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a report released Thursday from the Surface Transportation Policy Project, New Mexico was shown to top the nation for number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents. STPP reported the state’s fatality rate at 3.01 pedestrian traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. The national rate is 1.68 per 100,000, according […]

Federal taxes: Preserve cuts, pursue reforms

Freedom Newspapers We’re heartened that President Bush is determined to reform the nation’s complicated and maddening tax code. Since the election, he has continued to tout such reforms, such as at his Nov. 4 victory press conference. We can only encourage such moves. We believe there are two actions he should pursue. The first is […]