Medicare not good enough for Congressmen

In a glaring example of Congressional hypocrisy, federal lawmakers are working to ensure that when they retire they won’t have to live under the Medicare drug reforms they’re attempting to enact for mere commoners. The House recently passed legislation to guarantee that federal retirees — future retired members of Congress included — receive comparable health […]

Future assured through heritage

Evelyn Rising, second vice president for the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, speaks on Saturday about adults being role models for children during the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Conference. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina While she was a child growing up in New Mexico, Evelyn Rising’s family didn’t […]

Congress should repeal unclear federal RAVE act

Remember the federal RAVE Act, which was controversial when introduced last fall, then added to the popular Amber Alert bill without hearings? It was designed to crack down on promoters of all-night music parties at which, according to drug enforcement authorities, young people like to use the drug MDMA, or “ecstasy.” Critics claimed the RAVE […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]

Drug raid nets three for state police

The New Mexico State Police Narcotics Bureau raided a suspected drug house on Wednesday on the 1100 block of West 10th Street, arresting two men on drug charges and a woman on outstanding municipal warrants. Vernon Dickson of Lubbock and George “Blue” Foster of Clovis are in custody on charges of possession of crack cocaine […]

Texas woman seeks childhood

Margaret E. Moore-Scoggin, of Odessa, Texas, is searching for information about her childhood in Clovis — and would love to talk to anyone who might have lived here at the same time. Scoggin was born Margaret E. Moore in Clovis in July 1927 in a house in the three hundred block of Prince Street. The […]

Editorial: Supreme Court discount drug ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s confused decision on an effort by the state of Maine to use the federal Medicaid program as leverage to force drug manufacturers to give other Maine residents a discount on prescription drug prices makes one wonder why the high court took the case. The decision was so fractured, with four separate […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]

Suspects swallowing drugs commonplace

By Darrell Todd Maurina Swallowing methamphetamine to keep law enforcement from finding it is common, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We have that happen almost every time we come into a house where we are doing a raid,” Hatcher said. “If people think they can get it down before we notice, that’s what […]

Curry County jail inmate dies after swallowing meth

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]