Investigators rule fire accidental

CNJ staff A fire that gutted Clovis Apartments and displaced 12 families Feb. 1 was ruled accidental by the Clovis fire marshal. “The fire originated in the attic space above apartments 93 and 95 of Building 8 and was not intentionally set,” Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said in a press release. Silvers said the purpose […]

Parking signs should have had public’s input

Surprise, Clovis. We have a new rule, and it affects everyone who shops downtown on Main Street. As of Tuesday, there’s a two-hour parking limit. The new traffic regulation was not publicly debated. Most of us didn’t even know a problem existed that needed to be fixed. And most of us includes some of the […]

Influencing TRICARE option barred

Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense that […]

Monday morning briefing: Honors, finals and an old jockey guys rule

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Website of the day The Clovis News Journal is on Facebook. Friend us: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/cnjonlinecom/54982313944?ref=ts With honors Today, Clovis High School is honoring students with a 3.5 or higher grade point average. There’s a banquet 6 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria. Video game of the week Take off […]

Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

Sweatpants rule ruins opportunity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “You know, Kevin, I bet you that column gets you in trouble quite a bit.” Those are the words of somebody we’ll call Really Awesome Reader, because A) he’s a reader who appreciates me sacrificing my pride for a good column and B) he’s probably reading right now and would […]

Department seeks comments on proposed fishing rule changes

Rule of three easy to forget

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I’ve got two things on my mind, and each one weakens if I spread it out to 500 words. So here’s a 1-2 punch of sports and dating … or maybe “dating.” • So in 2007, Mitt Romney was one of 30 candidates, give or take 20, for the Republican […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]

Inmate escape short-lived

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INVESTIGATES TB IN NEW MEXICO HEALTHCARE WORKER

The New Mexico Department of Health is screening approximately 250 individuals in Albuquerque and Clovis to rule out the spread of tuberculosis (TB) from a health-care worker who was recently diagnosed with the disease. The Department of Health and other agencies have already tested 73 individuals who have been in close contact with the worker. […]

New Canadian border rules take time to implement

By Freedom New Mexico The Department of Homeland Security has announced it plans to tighten the identification requirements along the U.S.-Canadian border as of Thursday when it will no longer simply allow either Americans or Canadians to come into the country by presenting a driver’s license and declaring their citizenship. Not only would this new […]

Playoff beards let them know you’re out there

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But […]

Hounds gear up for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night […]

No-knock ruling will lead to abuse

Freedom Newspapers In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes […]

Supreme Court supports right to say ‘no’

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The other day, the Supreme Court did something surprising. It said that if a man stands at the threshold of his own house and tells the police they may not enter without a warrant, then — get a load of this, willya? — they may not enter without a warrant. […]

Democracy another form of tyranny

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist High up on my list of annoyances are references to the United States as a democracy and the suggestion that Iraq should become a democracy. The word “democracy” appears in neither of our founding documents — the Declaration of Independence nor the U.S. Constitution. Our nation’s founders had disdain for […]

American eliminated at state meet

CNJ staff TAOS — Clovis’ American All-Stars were ousted from the double-elimination 11-year-old state tournament on Monday in a 15-1 los to Los Lunas Enchantment. The game ended in four innings on the 10-run rule. American’s only run was scored by Scott Lyberger, who singled, reached third on a single by Ethan Dennie and was […]

Jose Padilla case not good model for liberty lovers

Freedom Newspapers T he Bush administration continues to defend, in the case of Jose Padilla, a legal theory more suited to an absolute monarchy or dictatorship than to a society operating under the rule of law. Continuing to maintain such a stance materially weakens the case that the current struggle with terrorists is one between […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]