Fire restrictions lifted

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the […]

Herding Squirrels: Pretty table? Yes I can

Traci Arbios When it comes to hosting a family event in my world, let it be known: the bar has been set. I believe it all began 60 years ago, when my incredibly charming grandmother, Mimi, would have our extended family over for any type of get together. Imagine: children crawling on the carpet and […]

Counties placed on fire restriction

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restriction Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Editorial: Keep lookout for more ‘sin’ tax on smoking

There’s enough medical evidence about the harmful effects of smoking to give anyone pause before lighting up, but deciding what’s good for you and what’s bad for you is your job, not that of the government. A group of North Carolina Democrats introduced last week a bill that would increase the state’s tax on a […]

Lap quilts, salmon featured on show

Information on using a Design-a-Doll kit, making lap quilts and smoking salmon will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Mary Mertens is with Ticche & Bea in Chicago, Ill., and she will show how to learn to sew with the Design-a-Doll kit. It provides a quick project […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Letters to the Editor: Pollution worse than cigarette smoke

The “legislative bull” Curry County Commissioner Albin Smith referenced regarding smoking at the fair was right on target. (“Commission considers smoking code,” Sept. 6 CNJ) Commissioners propose to ban smoking within 25 feet of the gate. Why? To protect people from secondhand smoke. If every man, woman and animal at the fair lit a cigarette […]

Letters to the Editor: Local funds could be better spent

Congratulations Clovis on the new “mobile command center” (“Vehicle gives CPD on-scene capabilities,” Wednesday’s CNJ). We should park it alongside the new snorkel truck for the fire department at the Civic Center and soon at that other white elephant — the “Special Events Center” at the fairgrounds — and we can have our own “Cadillac […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]