Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Knowledge key to Ute Lake safety

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER When it comes to safety at Ute Lake in Logan, Park Manager Rodney Paris said flooding the water and banks with security personnel is the best way to prevent problems. “We try to use visibility as a deterrent, whether it is boat patrol or land patrol,” Paris said. The […]

CIA anonymity at presentation a faulty premise

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

Garcia pushing for starting spot

By Rick White As a high school free safety, Joey Garcia was known for his bone-crushing hits, leaving a trail of woozy players in his wake. In his freshman year at Texas Tech, about the hardest thing the former Clovis standout has hit is the books — so far. His grade-point average for the fall […]

Col. Robert Yates reflects on his two-year stint as Cannon commander

By Darrell Todd Maurina Meeting with local media for a press conference on his last full day commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates said the last two years have been the best of his life. That ends at 3 p.m. today with a change of command ceremony at Cannon, after which Yates […]

Lethal fighting team boasts safety

Lt. Col. Dave Kossler, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing Safety Office, talks about winning the Colombian Award, given to the office with the best flying safety program in the United States Air Force. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Fighter Wing added another award […]

Anti-business attitude hurting California

Thomas Sowell If you wonder what has gotten California in such an economic mess, here is a recent sample: The state legislature has passed a law requiring landlords to give tenants 60 days’ notice, instead of 30 days, before evicting them. In other words, if you are renting to a tenant who refuses to pay […]

OSHA probes silo death

By Darrell Todd Maurina The general manager of AGP Grain Marketing’s elevator operations in Texas said the man who died Thursday in a Farwell grain elevator perished in wheat only 8 to 12 feet deep. Ben Brandvik said much of his time over the last few days has been spent trying to make sure employees […]

Clovis man arrested in school after police chase

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man fleeing police was arrested inside Barry Elementary School on Tuesday morning. Authorities said no one was injured at the school and students were safely locked behind classroom doors as officers chased the man through the hallways. The New Mexico State Police said the incident began about 8:05 a.m. […]

There’s a hot new house in Clovis

Capt. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department demonstrates new features on the stove in the fire safety house on Tuesday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department has a new and improved version of one of its more popular pieces of equipment — a “fire safety house” used by […]

New regulations aimed at store safety

By Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and […]

The rules on the bus…

Clovis school district buses line up to wait for students Wednesday afternoon to depart Clovis High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Transportation officials for Clovis schools and Adair Inc. will observe “School Bus Safety Week” from Sunday through Oct. 25. Gov. Richardson encouraged citizens “to exercise courtesy and caution concerning school […]

Seatbelt law jeopardizes civil liberties

Walter Williams Imagine you’re having a backyard barbecue. A cop walks in and announces, “This is a random health and safety check to see whether you’ve removed the skin from the chicken before you served it.” Though delicious in taste, we all know that chicken skin contains considerable unhealthy fat. If you’re caught serving chicken […]

Think carefully on armed pilots

Freedom Newspapers After the hijackings of four airliners as the opening act of the terrorist attacks on the United States nearly two years ago, air safety and thwarting further hijackings were a priority for nearly all Americans. From the lofty halls of Congress to the person on the street, folks voiced the opinion that “we” […]

Nuttall facing season-ending surgery

By Rick White Former Clovis standout Nathan Nuttall is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery today, according to the New Mexico State coaching staff. A 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt freshman, Nuttall was battling for a starting spot at strong safety for the Aggies until he was injured Aug. 15 during practice. “It’s a tough deal for […]

Back-To-School fair to help kids stay healthy, safe

By Janet Bresenham Before area students head back to school, they will have an opportunity this week to play streetball, receive free dental, vision and scoliosis screenings and immunizations, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about go-kart safety and fire safety. All the activities, which are free, will take place at this year’s […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]

Tornado safety tips

CNJ Staff The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. […]