Public, press can keep our leaders accountable

Editorial The independent commission investigating intelligence shortcomings before the 9/11 terror attacks said Thursday it will seek public testimony from President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and also from former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. It’s most unlikely to happen, but it’s a delightful idea. As aficionados of C-SPAN know, the British […]

Big problem with pay raise is timing

C lovis faces a few financial challenges this year – along with a monkey wrench its commissioners created. Among the city’s priorities are staff raises, particularly police and firefighters seeking wage hikes they say better meet what other cities and agencies pay. Then there’s a proposed pipeline to pump water from Ute Lake near Logan […]

Pipeline cost could increase before completion

By Mike Linn PORTALES — With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. Consequently, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member public information committee at Wednesday’s monthly meeting in Portales. “This program […]

Sierra Club was overrun long ago by militant activists

Freedom Newspapers A newspaper headline recently took us aback; then it made us laugh. “Sierra Club under siege by militant activists,” it read, topping a news account of how a cadre of animal-rights, anti-immigration and zero-population-growth radicals are attempting to seize control of one of the nation’s oldest, most venerable environmental groups. But this is […]

Local Briefs 1/18

Offices to close for M.L. King Day The following city offices will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: City Hall, the Clovis Area Transit System, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Baxter-Curren and Friendship citizens’ centers and Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sanitation division will pick up the commercial and poly-cart routes and the […]

CAFB fighter jets set for deployment

CNJ Staff Cannon Air Force Base has released additional information about the upcoming deployment of the 522nd Fighter Squadron to the Arabian Gulf. Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, who heads up the 27th Fighter Wing, will lead the deployment of six F-16 fighters and more than 155 support personnel to a four-week joint allied […]

Advances in education are not difficult

Mona Charen Though the news from the education world is gloomy, dismal and sad, I do believe that in 2004 things will improve. Eventually, in America, when things get bad enough, a reforming impulse pushes through the muck and begins to set things right. The following education follies from 2003 are offered in hopes of […]

Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]

Firearm ban in national parks leaves America vulnerable to drug gangs

A ban on the carrying of firearms in U.S. national parks is based on a dangerous delusion, given that visitors to these often remote areas aren’t somehow magically immunized against criminals or attacks by animals. Americans shouldn’t have to surrender their Second Amendment rights or an effective means of self-defense when visiting their own “public” […]

Texico teacher announces candidacy for education commission

CNJ STAFF A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

We want more readers’ reactions in 2004

From the Editor’s Desk One of our newspaper’s goals for 2004 is to increase participation in Project: Reader Reaction. That’s what we call the reader participation feature in which I ask questions via e-mail on topics that range from favorite movies to war in Iraq. Participants respond by e-mail, usually in 100 words or less. […]

Amarillo man injured after crashing plane

The Associated Press AMARILLO — A pilot returning from Tucumcari crash-landed his small plane Saturday at an airport south of Amarillo. Robert Lea, 79, of Amarillo, was the only person on board the 1953 model Cessna 195-B. He was taken to a local hospital for a possible hip injury, according to the Texas Department of […]

Clovis Christian School gains accreditation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Christian School reached a long-sought prize this month: accreditation. “It gives us more legitimacy in our community because now we are accredited,” said Superintendent Steve Medeiros. “People who may have hesitated to send their children to our school because of this no longer have that stumbling block. We felt that […]

Two CCS employees commended

By Darrell Todd Maurina Kenya Heap, now in her fifth year as librarian at Clovis Christian School, said she loved working at the school even before the Association of Christian Schools International commended her work when the school received accreditation this year. “I worked at other schools and helped out before, but this is my […]

Gore may be setting Dean up to take fall

Tibor Machan What is one to make of Al Gore’s brazen act of endorsing Howard Dean for the presidency? Certainly it is a slap in the face of Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gore’s 2000 running mate. But what is its substance? Is Gore really someone who considers Howard Dean’s opposition to the war with Iraq so […]

Holiday Closings

The following city of Clovis offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday: City Hall, Public Works, Parks, Clovis Area Transit Service, Friendship Senior Center, Baxter-Curran Senior Center, the Alice Converse meal site, and Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library also will be closed Saturday. The city will pick up commercial and polycart […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

Commission considers tax hike

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission will consider a resolution to put a one-quarter percent gross receipt tax increase on the ballot in March 2004 at its regular meeting Thursday. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. If passed, the gross receipt tax increase would be […]

Lions and tigers and bears … in Clovis?

By Jack King The city of Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed ordinance that would regulate the keeping of exotic animals in Clovis’ city limits. Commission members tabled consideration of the ordinance Wednesday, saying they need more input from the public on the proposal. Under the ordinance, “wild or […]

Richardson’s zeal could negatively impact his future

Freedom Newspapers It should surprise few New Mexicans that Gov. Bill Richardson admits he goofed in handling tax legislation rejected by the state Legislature during the just-completed special session. He clearly did misjudge lawmakers’ level of cooperation. Admitting his error is important for him if he expects to get anywhere with them when the regular […]