Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Letters to the editor: Golf course waste of our dollars

Golf course waste of our dollars I was in the audience the night Clovis city commissioners voted to purchase Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. The city took control of the golf course May 1. Not that much has improved since. The city has proven in the past it won’t spend the money necessary to […]

Washington no stranger to whine, waste

Freedom New Mexico I t’s difficult to take Washington seriously when politicians bemoan the federal deficit, whine about underfunded agencies and whimper about budget woes. It’s all the more galling when we’re reminded how Washington uses taxpayers’ money. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released, “The Wastebook 2010: A guide to some of the most wasteful […]

America Recycles Day marked for Nov. 15

By 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron November is New Mexico Recycling Awareness Month, a statewide annual event created to promote recycling, waste reduction, composting and buying recycled products. It is held in conjunction with the nationwide America Recycles Day campaign on November 15. “I Recycle” is the theme of Keep America Beautiful 2010. Millions […]

Committee postpones vote on sanitation fees

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguards Morris Sharp and Evie Fisher watch over Wednesday afternoon’s “When the Bell Rings” after-school program at the Clovis Wellness Center. The center is one of a many areas where city departments looking for fee increase approvals. If the city commission approves fee increases next Thursday, individual open swims will […]

Food at the speed of life: Don't let excess go to waste

A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, I poured […]

Officials: Change in landfill fees designed to encourage cleanup

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City residents will be able to take small loads of solid waste to the landfill free of charge under guidelines clarified Wednesday by the Public Works Committee. The change is effective immediately and is designed, in part, to encourage cleanup in the community. The committee decided city residents may […]

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 […]

Hospital waste removed from landfill

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Plains Regional Medical Center hired Stericycle Medical Waste Disposal to remove infectious waste found at the Clovis landfill. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A crew with a medical waste disposal company spent Wednesday cleaning up infectious waste found at the Clovis Landfill on Saturday. Justin Howalt, city engineer, confirmed […]

Infectious waste from hospital found at landfill for fourth time in three years

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

DTV transistion plan waste of federal funds

Freedom New Mexico More than 3 million American households don’t have digital TVs and haven’t prepared for the upcoming demise of analog broadcasting. A converter box that would allow each of these households to keep tuning in after Friday’s deadline usually costs $50 or more. Based on those numbers, we can conclude that closing the […]

Naming state songs waste of officials’ time

Freedom New Mexico As if we need another means to measure how far government has strayed from the narrow intent of our nation’s founders, we give you the current flap in Oklahoma. A collection of conservative lawmakers became outraged that the song “Do You Realize??” by native sons Flaming Lips was poised to become the […]

Cut back on holiday waste by recycling

By Jake Madril: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron During the holiday season lots of paper goods and boxes are generated, but some have questionable recycling properties. For instance, most wrapping papers and some boxes are not recyclable in our area. The best way to identify those non-recyclable items is that if it is manufactured […]

Prosecuting “Liberty City Seven” waste of taxpayer money

Freedom New Mexico The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were […]

Domenici: Need for economic stimulus

          CARLSBAD, N.M. – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement regarding proposals for an economic stimulus to energize the U.S. economy:             “While there are economic bright spots in New Mexico, there is no doubt that the national economy is in trouble.  I was […]

Recycling does more than reduce waste

By the 27th Special Operations Environmental Flight Our Nation recognizes Nov. 15, 2007, as America Recycles Day. Each of us can help protect the environment by following the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle) in their daily processes. How do the three “Rs” improve our quality of life? They reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, make […]

Trash measure passes despite opposition

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents must bag their garbage before disposing of it for city collection in Polycarts and Dumpsters as a result of an ordinance passed Thursday by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioner Fred Van Soelen opposed the measure because he said the issue is with the city’s collection system and […]

America Recycles Day aims to reduce waste

America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997 to encourage recycling and preserve resources. Jake Madril Wednesday is America Recycles Day – a day set aside to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. First celebrated in 1997, the number of participants has grown each year as communities and individuals renew their commitment to […]

Needle, bloody bandages found in city landfill

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hypodermic needle and two bloody gauze bandages that came from a Plains Regional Medical Center dumpster were recently discovered by employees of the Clovis city landfill, PRMC Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said Tuesday. While both items are considered infectious waste — classified as any substance that has the potential […]

FEMA failures show D.C.’s inefficiencies

Freedom Newspapers The news about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina just keeps getting more and more shocking. As Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins put it, “The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking.” A survey by the New York […]