Security officer withdraws from mayor’s race

CNJ staff The upcoming Clovis mayoral election is down to two candidates. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said Clovis security officer Rick Tenorio filed paperwork on Friday, formally withdrawing his name from the March 6 election. “He just said it’s not the right timing. That’s all he told me,” Melancon said. Attempts to reach Tenorio for […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

Commission votes down contract negotiations with security firm

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A divided Curry County Commission voted Tuesday against entering into contract negotiations with a security consulting firm for security improvements at the Curry County Courthouse. The 3-2 vote during the meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library covered a recommendation from the county’s courthouse security citizens committee to negotiate with […]

Commission votes to look into automated security

Argen Duncan The Curry County Commission has voted 4-1 to request proposals for an automated security system at the county courthouse. At their meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Frank Blackburn voted against the measure, and commissioners Daniel Stoddard, Caleb Chandler, Wendell Bostwick and Robert Sandoval voted for it. The vote came after a presentation by David Barnes […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This […]

TSA security pat downs going too far

Freedom New Mexico Americans have been upset at the extreme security measures imposed at airports by the Transportation Security Administration. YouTube videos show passenger pat-downs — with touching that appears far too intrusive — have been done on children and a former Miss USA. The latest controversy involves 95-year-old Lena Reppert, suffering from leukemia. June […]

Cannon increases security

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In one stroke, a new Obama national security team

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Barack Obama announced a major remake of his national security team Thursday aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a perilous time. His own re-election approaching, Obama turned to a cast of familiar and respected officials for the most sweeping […]

Advisory system replaces color-coded terror alerts

CNJ staff The Department of Homeland Security has implemented a terror alert system which incorporates the growing trend of social networking. The National Terrorism Advisory System replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The new system is intended to give Americans more specific information on an alert, rather than the vague dread brought on by […]

TSA needs privatization, not union

Freedom New Mexico If you think the Transportation Security Administration is pushy and intrusive, just wait until they unionize. Tuesday was the last day 44,000 TSA workers vote on whether they will join a union. The results will be announced today. A ‘yea’ vote widely is expected. Workers also are voting on whether to join […]

Commissioners hear jail, courthouse proposal

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler, left, and Wendell Bostwick listen Tuesday as County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk gives a presentation on options for the courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday heard a new and far less expensive plan to address jail and courthouse issues using existing county facilities. Under […]

Commissioners discuss inmate housing, reimbursement

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File photo Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners discussed ways to recoup inmate housing costs along with other issues surrounding jail costs. Sharna Johnson Discussions among Curry County commissioners about the jail Tuesday centered on housing inmates out of county as well as options for getting reimbursed for inmate costs. Reimbursements for housing state Department of Corrections […]

U.S. Homeland Security’s 10 most wanted

Our sister paper the Orange County Register recently posted a slideshow by immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo on U.S. Homeland Security’s 10 most wanted. Click here to view the slideshow.

Sea crew tries to stem human-smuggling tide

As security at the border tightens, smugglers find new ways to move people into the U.S. One is along the Arizona border and the other is by boat. We’ve had several boats with Mexican nationals apprehended in south Orange County, Calif. Click here to read the story from our sister paper, the Orange County Register.

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Russia should reconsider security policies

Freedom New Mexico The suicide bombing Monday in Moscow’s busy Domodedovo Airport is a reminder that terrorists of various stripes are still active and that societies with only a few open areas can be assaulted readily. Sadly, there is no such thing as 100 percent security in this or any feasible world. Our hearts are […]

Roosevelt County jail security chief talks future plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova, left, and Chief of Security Dent McGill are training their officers to be better prepared to deal with inmates, both mentally and physically. Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Chief of Security Dent McGill took over the post less than three weeks ago. […]

Convicted Clovis native killed in Hobbs prison

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Paul Lasner, 31, died Monday in a Hobbs prison while serving a life sentence for a 1997 shooting. Police are investigating the death as a homicide. Sharna Johnson A 30-year-old Clovis man serving a life sentence in prison for a 1997 murder was killed Monday at a Hobbs facility. Paul Lasner was transported from the […]

Press Release: New Mexico to receive over $9 million in homeland security grants

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) today announced nine million in Homeland Security grant awards to cities and counties throughout the state. “We are pleased to help New Mexico’s communities enhance their law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies as they continue to protect the state and […]