Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Dairy regulations still up in air

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson New federal bank regulations designed to cap fees to merchants could mean new or increased fees to consumers. Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think […]

Farmer says dairy regulations bad for industry

Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Residents voice emissions regulation opposition

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County resident Hoyt Pattison was one of numerous residents who spoke against state proposed greenhouse gas regulations during a hearing held at the Civic Center Thursday. Sharna Johnson Emissions regulations proposed by the state environmental department brought out strong opposition from area residents and leaders during a Thursday hearing […]

Regulations won’t benefit U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico America’s jobless recovery was dealt another body slam Thursday when the Senate passed the financial “reform” bill. Also passed by the U.S. House last month, the bill is supposed to prevent another financial meltdown such as the one that struck the country in the fall of 2008. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman […]

Dairy farmers say proposed regulations could put them out of business

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File photo Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions include a resolution opposing proposed regulations for maintaining groundwater quality under dairies. A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state […]

Discrepancies discredit global warming data

Freedom New Mexico The rush to impose Draconian, costly regulations to fight global warming is based on allegedly “settled science” showing manmade greenhouse gases increase temperatures. This belief system’s high priests at the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have issued successive reports trumpeting the danger, concluding that we must act immediately. But the science […]

Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

Letters to the Editor: Federal market regulations needed

Federal market regulations needed Regarding your Dec. 8 editorial “Government in the way of job creation:” The writer says government does not have a clue of how the economy works and its policies keeps small business from creating jobs. This ideology says markets are always right and need no controls. The article reads, “Reduce taxes, […]

China proves federal Internet regulations fail

Freedom New Mexico Why is it important to condemn government regulation of the Internet? You don’t have to look much further for an answer than China’s latest battle to preside over the “World of Warcraft” computer game. In a power struggle of galactic proportions, two bureaucratic Chinese government agencies are squabbling as to which is […]

Gubernatorial candidate pledges end to corruption

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Allen Weh, Republican candidate for governor, said he plans to bring integrity back to state government. Allen Weh said unraveling corruption and doing away with unnecessary or irrational regulations are top priorities for him if he should become governor. Weh spoke to a group of more than 75 during a […]

Colorado board right to nix pot proposals

Congratulations to the Colorado Board of Health, which did the right thing by rejecting proposed regulations that would have put medical marijuana dealers out of business and deprived thousands of Coloradans the drug they need. One major component of the regulations would have limited medical marijuana dispensaries to five clients. The proposals alone have held […]

State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to the New Mexico Environment Department. According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap of Ranchvale on Nov. […]

Hotel Clovis remediation agreement

New Mexico Environment Department Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the New Mexico Voluntary Remediation Regulations, the following proposed Voluntary Remediation Agreement has been submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department.

March 8, Letters to the Editor

Open burning needs to be addressed The Clovis News Journal recently published two stories regarding grass fires.Both articles missed great opportunities to do something to curb the occurrence of grass/wild fires in our area.Open burning of refuse has been banned by state regulations since 2004. Why? Because a major portion of today’s wastes contain plastic. […]

Aquatic Center fails to meet safety regulations

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After being closed for nearly a month, the city’s year-round indoor pool will be reopened for a limited time to only the Clovis High School Swim team, according to city officials. A waiver to allow the swim team to use the pool until March 1 will be approved, according […]

New cabinet can cut faulty regulations

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama is reportedly committed to signing a massive “stimulus” plan of government spending — some estimates are as high as $850 billion — almost as soon as he takes office Jan. 20. Yet even Vice President-elect Joe Biden has expressed fear the package will be “Christmas-treed” with all sorts of […]

Regulations treat people as animals

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist A recent New York Times carried an item that is of some political-philosophical interest on the nature of a free society’s system of laws. In particular, it related to the discussion of whether public policy ought to be addressed pragmatically — that is, issue by issue, with no […]

Government spending costly for taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico In the midst of a campaign in which both major-party candidates are merrily promising more things the government is going to do for you and solemnly delineating the real and (mostly) imagined threats from which government is going to protect you, it might be useful to step back and develop a little […]