Business Briefs 2/17

Industry association to hold biz review The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico will hold a session of its 2004 Roundhouse Review in Clovis on March 12 at the Holiday Inn. The meetings will feature local legislators and include a briefing on how key business issues were addressed during the 2004 Legislative session. […]

Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

Transportation bill weakens state’s future

State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton I want to tell your readers why I did not support Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) plan for transportation in this past special session. The way this transportation bill was written allows the state to borrow money from expected future federal revenues to pay for roads now. We want to […]

Online polls: The great American opinion bowl

Ned Cantwell To stay alive in this business, cable news has taught us, you need to be trendy. CNN, for instance, intersperses in its coverage of hard news stories with online polls so viewers can express their opinions. A story about how Americans feel about their lifestyles, then, might include the following question: What do […]

Local officials not impressed with special session

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. Sen. Stuart […]

Legislature wraps up

SANTA FE (AP) — The Legislature finished its work when the House gave final approval to a measure financing nearly $1.6 billion in highway and transportation projects over the next seven years. Before lawmakers headed home Wednesday, Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed the Legislature and other state leaders. The highway legislation, which Gov. Bill Richardson […]

Politicians make for quotable quotations

Ned Cantwell Kids say the darndest things. So do politicians. I am inspired by Billy McKibben, the colorful former state senator from Hobbs. That southeastern New Mexico community, its economy once pumped flush by oil production and supply companies, is drilling for new economic vitality in the fertile fields of the gambling industry. At a […]

Sex crimes to be target in special session

By Jack King The special session of the state Legislature is likely to pass a significant new law or laws on sexual predators, but its results on the other two issues announced by Gov. Bill Richardson — roads and taxes — may be less significant and less satisfying for area voters, local legislators said this […]

Financial Peace University offers series of biblically-based personal finance lessons

By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — Through Financial Peace University, the average family eliminates $5,300 in debt while saving $2,700, according to its founder, Dave Ramsey. “Financial Peace University is a series of 13 biblically based, life-changing personal finance lessons,” Ramsey said. “The course shows people how to apply proven, common-sense principles in their ‘real world’ […]

Muleshoe debates racial allegations

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Muleshoe City Council, responding to allegations of police abuse and racism raised by a council member, spent nearly three hours in closed session discussing the topic on Wednesday. “We had healthy debate and healthy discussion with regard to the allegations of racism,” Mayor Victor Leal said. “We came out with […]

City Commission will discuss budget

CNJ Staff The Clovis City Commission will hold a study session to discuss the city’s 2003-2004 preliminary budget from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the assembly room of the Bert Cabiness City Government Center at 321 Connelly Street. During the session the commissioners will discuss the budget’s contents with city staff. Following the […]