Citizens vote to ban dual commission service

CNJ staff Clovis citizens overwhelmingly approved a ban on dual commission service, rejecting the process by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In all, 3,742 voted for adding Section 2-6 to the Clovis City Charter, with 784 voting against changing the charter. The section will read, “No elected officer of the City shall be an elected […]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically […]

Burn ban prohibits setting off fireworks in county

File photo Under restrictions imposed by the state forestry department, use of fireworks is banned on private or state lands outside city and federal lands. Sharna Johnson People may still be able to buy fireworks in the state, but if they use them in the county they can be cited for violating a burn ban […]

Fireworks stands open despite restrictions

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Monday was the first day vendors were allowed to sell fireworks in the state. Taylor Vest of Roadrunner Fireworks said the first week or so of fireworks season will be slow but business usually picks up closer to Independence Day. Stands close July 6. Sharna Johnson Despite restrictions, stands opened […]

County approves burn ban ordinance

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday granting them authority to invoke a burn ban during periods of high fire danger. The ordinance, passed on a 4-1 vote, also identifies types of burning allowed during times of low fire risk. Burning of refuse in piles or back yard burn barrels, small fires for […]

Not many food items on ban list

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband. My grandmother once called me her little beet-eater because I liked the red root vegetable that I really only ever got at her table. I don’t think they were fresh beets too often but their sweetness seemed to me a little like […]

Ban against speaking out not far off

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In a series of articles on climate change, the villain is gradually being identified as — you should have guessed it — freedom of thought. Jon Gertner of The New York Times Magazine wrote recently that “What makes CRED’s work (the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions) especially relevant … […]

County enacts burn ban

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All open fires with few exceptions are now banned in Curry County. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to start the burn ban, citing extreme fire danger. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman told commissioners the risk of fire is high, and, “if we don’t get some relief soon it will […]

County commission to vote on burn ban

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners are expected to vote today on a burn ban for Curry County. The ban would prohibit open fires for a period of 45 days, at which time commissioners would reevaluate the ban, according to a resolution distributed to commissioners. Covered propane and charcoal grills would be exempt from […]

Public favors lifting offshore drilling ban

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has lifted the executive ban on oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. The public increasingly sees the reasonableness of such a policy change. But no new drilling will occur as long as the Democratic congressional leadership remains opposed. Meanwhile, gasoline prices climb. Even the pioneer Get Oil Out! (GOO) […]

Burn ban violaters could see tough penalties

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Violating an open flames ban in the county could lead to jail time if the Curry County Commission approves a proposed ordinance next month. The ordinance would punish offenders with a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail. County commissioners initiated procedure to adopt […]

Got glowsticks?

A county-wide burn ban will prevent Relay For Life organizers from lighting up luminarias with candles this weekend.

County passes open flames ban

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County commissioners unanimously approved an open flames ban Tuesday in a regular meeting. The commission will vote on keeping the countywide ban in place on a monthly basis. “I believe about 18 counties around Amarillo have enacted burn bans,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval said. “And we know fires are not […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Internet service tax will hinder online growth

By Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding […]

Business Feature: Vendors say fireworks sales booming

Monica Ortiz, manager of Mr. W fireworks stand, shows fireworks to Alexis Lopez, 8, front, Marisol Lopez, 11, and Jacob Dominguez, 3. The children said they were saving their fireworks for the holiday, but their mother doubts they will last that long. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Planet Fireworks manager Rick Fry said he […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper: First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human. As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what […]

Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence

Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is needed, […]

Smoking ban poses patron problems

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]