A blizzard to remember

Frank Dalton shares his most memorable cold-weather experience: “I remember a blizzard when I was about 5 (that) covered our ranch in northern New Mexico. When it broke I could walk over a five-wire barbed-wire fence. Dad spent days on horseback looking for cattle. Tractors were the only way to get around for nearly two […]

Rudy Kumar: ‘Transparent government’ needed

If Rudy Kumar is elected mayor, he says he will rarely support meeting in executive session. “Politicians are public servants, so we need to have a transparent government. That’s what democracy is all about,” he wrote in an e-mail. See what else he has to say about public access to government information on Editor David […]

Kingsville sweeps Eastern hoopsters

Texas A&M-Kingsville swept Eastern New Mexico University in a basketball doubleheader Wednesday in Kingsville, Texas. The Kingsville women beat the Zias 66-62 while Javelinas beat the Greyhounds 74-65. Eastern hosts rival West Texas A&M in a doubleheader Saturday in Portales. • • • Ethics reform should be at the top of the list of priorities […]

Senators issue press release on “Air Force Roadmap”

U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are reviewing the mission impact of a new “Air Force Roadmap.” The report indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at New Mexico Air Force bases. The “More Features” section below provides access to the senators’ information. Highlight “Press Releases.” • • • Steve […]

One vote for Sunday alcohol sales

Wendel Sloan has this to say about Clovis’ March 4 election regarding Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants: “I don’t see why Sundays should be treated differently than any other day. What if my religion held Friday nights to be sacred? Would Clovis residents give up Friday night lights for my beliefs?” • • • Want […]

That championship season?

Following a 77-61 win over Eldorado on Tuesday night, the Clovis Wildcats are 15-0 this basketball season. Could this be the city’s best team ever? Clovis has won four New Mexico Activities Association state boys’ basketball championships – in 1930, 1951, 1953 and in 1979. • • • This week’s Web poll asks about the […]

Airwave auction might actually benefit consumers

By Freedom New Mexico An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has […]

Internet service tax will hinder online growth

By Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding […]

Terminally ill deserve chance to try new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how […]

Acute Care Clinic to close

By 27th Medical Group CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Effective May 29, the Acute Care Clinic will close until further notice to better manage access because of reduced staffing due to deployments and permanent changes of station. “Call-in” appointments rather than “walk-in” and wait in queue access will be implemented to meet acute care needs. […]

Press must be government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Cannon Finance Office reminds Airmen of services provided online

1st Lt. Christopher Alexander The Air Force has developed numerous tools for Airmen to access their financial records and military history info. Tools such as myPay, Leave Web and the Virtual Military Personnel Flight allow Airmen to research and correct any errors in their records. The key component of all these systems is user involvement; […]

Forgetfulness sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Decision reminder government funds come with strings

Freedom Newspapers Despite all the legal analysis in Chief Justice John Roberts’ 21-page opinion, announced Monday, in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), it’s hard to resist the notion that it comes down to this: He who pays the piper calls the tune. When the military decided early in the Clinton administration […]

Officials say bank transition smooth

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Access Bank is now officially the First Community Bank and banking officials said customers will notice the transition, but they’re confidentcustomers will only experience minor inconveniences. Linda Wedeen, senior vice president of First Community Bank, said the Access Banks in Portales and Clovis officially became First Community Banks in January. […]

9/9 Local Roundup

Access Anytime acquired by First State Access Anytime Bancorp has been acquired by First State Bancorporation in a tax-free, stock-for-stock trade. According to Access Bank CEO Norm Corzine, First State will be honoring all employee contracts and Access Bank customers won’t “recognize the transition.” Corzine said loan customers can look forward to having access to […]

Other High Court rulings signal change for better

Freedom Newspapers If you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle to […]

Sunshine Week time to trumpet open government

CNJ staff In small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from federal, […]

Tracking hurricane made easy with Internet

By Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari A few months ago, when I started telling folks in Clovis that I was moving to Florida, almost invariably one of the first responses would be “But what about all of the hurricanes?” My response was always “What hurricanes?” For at the time there was nothing brewing in the Gulf […]

It’s easy to access MSN Messenger at a public Internet terminal

Tom DiFrancesca The folks at Yahoo have tried to provide local information in the past. This time, I think they’ve been successful. Go take a peak at local.yahoo.com and then give the updated service a test run for yourself. As you’ll remember, the Google people are attempting to do the same thing at local.google.com That’s […]