Mayor, commissioners get a raise

By Jack King On a 5-3 vote Thursday, the City Commission approved raising pay for the mayor and commissioners a total of $18,000 a year. Under the measure, commissioners pay would increase from $5,000 a year to $7,000 and the mayor’s pay would go from $6,000 to $8,000 a year. The pay increase will go […]

Senate Democrats use same old plays to hinder candidate

Freedom Newspapers Miguel Estrada meet Mike Leavitt: Utah’s governor is the latest political football to be kicked around Capitol Hill by Senate Democrats hoping to score a few points with their key constituencies, and chip away at the president’s policies and popularity. Estrada, as readers will recall, was a Bush administration selection for the federal […]

Freedom board begins to decide fate of company

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — The board of Freedom Communications Inc. met all day Wednesday to discuss bids from potential buyers but did not decide what to recommend to the shareholders for a vote, the company said in a statement. Irvine, California-based Freedom, parent of the Clovis News Journal, said the board told its […]

Funding race tightens as counties tally more votes

By Gary Mitchell Curry County election officials have determined they have four ballots not counted from Tuesday’s special election and those will be turned over to the canvassing board today. Still up in the air is the outcome of a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the yearly amount paid out of the so-called Land Grant […]

Sandoval County vote totals flip

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – The Associated Press questioned a vote reversal in Sandoval County’s end-of-night results reported for the election on a constitutional amendment that would increase school funding. Statewide, the AP tally showed the amendment leading by fewer than 900 votes and the race was too close to call early Wednesday. Sandoval […]

School board votes down survey aimed at studying student home life

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis School Board voted Tuesday to reject a survey previously approved that would have questioned students regarding their sexual activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and guns in parents’ homes. The 3-2 vote rescinded a Sept. 9 vote to conduct the survey at Yucca Junior High and Clovis High School. Board member […]

Teacher asks for ‘yes’ vote on amendments

Wendy Hubby By now, most citizens of Curry County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teacher of 17 years in Clovis, and as a parent of one child in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens to please pass the two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 […]

Voters can secure educational future

Ned Cantwell Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman don’t normally agree on much. They’ve been known to argue about where to have lunch. So why do the two United States Senators stand shoulder to shoulder in their solid support of a proposed amendment to the New Mexico state Constitution to invest more money in education? Because […]

Candidate can’t stay ‘Mr. Both Ways’

Mona Charen Sen. John Kerry announced his run for the presidency surrounded by no fewer than eight American flags and eight veterans of the Vietnam War. The strains of “Anchors Aweigh” (which The New York Times story rendered as ‘Anchors Away’) welcomed the candidate to the podium. Kerry’s Web site likewise emphasizes the senator’s military […]

Beware more control of our schools

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To […]

Democrats feigning shock in California

Thomas Sowell In hip and non-judgmental California, Democrats are suddenly expressing shock over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past sex life, his father’s politics, and the example that his movies may have set for the young. Senator Dianne Feinstein expresses alarm over the fact that Arnold used ugly-looking military weapons in movies about military combat. Democrats are shocked, […]

County approves budget

By Jack King Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a 4-1 vote. They also approved a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in gross receipts taxes that will go before voters in September. Commissioner Pete Hulder voted against the budget, saying he still opposes an additional 1 percent […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]

Quit quibbling; close Wheaton

This Tuesday, Curry County commissioners have a simple vote to cast: Close the Wheaton Road rail crossing on the west edge of Clovis. Doing so means Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s proposed $15 million railyard expansion and 80 high-paying jobs bringing in $6.4 million more in annual payroll will happen and reinvigorate our economy Plus it […]

Runoff may be needed for Combest’s seat

By Jack King The special election to replace U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in Texas, seemed likely to go into a run off at press time Saturday. Although there were clear leaders, none of the 17 candidates in the race had the “50 percent plus one vote” needed to win, according to the Texas Secretary […]