Wednesday morning briefing: A reunion, World Cup soccer and the first roller coaster

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Upward Bound Reunion A July 10 reunion is scheduled for all current and former Eastern new Mexico University Upward Bound students and staff. A barbecue by Sodexho is on the menu, and games including a dunk tank and an inflatable jumping horse and obstacle course […]

Auto industry doesn’t deserve federal bailout

Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers have been running on empty for years. Now they want American taxpayers to fill up their tank. Detroit’s Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — are seeking a slice of the $700 billion federal bailout pie to help them meet payroll and fund pension obligations. And they have […]

Cannon doing its part to conserve fuel

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Most drivers remember the first time filling up their vehicle cost $50. Drivers of larger vehicles wince when the price at the pump breaks $100. Now imagine filling your tank takes $12.7 billion. That’s what Defense Energy Support Center statistics say the U.S. military spent on fuel costs in 2007, […]

Full tank not needed for fun

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist School has been out — the Clovis public schools, that is — for two entire weeks. Two weeks doesn’t seem like a long time, unless you are trying to find ways to entertain children already showing signs of restlessness. To begin with, for children who are athletically oriented, the Clovis […]

Two men killed in grain elevator accident

By Don McAlvy: Columnist In 1950 I graduated from Clovis High School. In the middle of July that year, after plowing wheat stubble, I came into town and I saw the bold headlines on the left front side of the Clovis News Journal of Friday, July 14, 1950. It said “Two Killed In 133-Foot Fall.” […]

National Gas-Out Day theory big bust

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction […]

New state septic tank regulations presented

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Revamped state regulations guiding the inspection, maintenance and installation of septic tanks were “expected” by County Manager Dick Smith. But he was nonetheless “stunned” by the scope of the initiative when it was presented at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Chairman Ed Perales called the stipulations “extreme.” But state officials […]

New septic tank rules could cost home builders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New state septic tanks standards may increase the cost of building a home in rural areas. That is the unsettling reality of stricter septic tank regulations, according to one septic tank installer. “Every ranch house, farm house, (and) anytime you see a house in the country, it’s got a […]

Derailed train car killed worker

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The cause of death of a Clovis railroad worker moving a tank car is still under investigation, according to city and railroad officials. Glen A. “Skip” York II, 26, an employee with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail yard, was killed Thursday afternoon by a derailed rail car, according […]

Cannon jet drops fuel tanks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release […]