United Way wants public more involed in funding choices

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County United Way is changing the way it approves distribution of funds to area agencies, a move designed to get the public more involved in the funding process and make information on fund uses more available to area donors. The new process will allow the United Way […]

Congress should be patient when reforming security

Freedom Editorial So we now have another proposal for reforming the sprawling 15-agency “intelligence community” that missed the signs that 9/11 was in the works and didn’t exactly get it right about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It’s a welcome addition to the ongoing debate, but the very extensiveness of the proposal, coming on […]

Corps, czars replicate federal programs

Freedom Editorial What this country really needs is a moratorium on the creation of any new “corps” or “czars.” That, or a moratorium on the politicians proposing one. It seems that in response to every problem, real or trumped-up, the reflex of the political/bureaucratic class is to lobby for the naming of a new czar […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]

July 4 Closings

CNJ Staff Reports Most government agencies will be closed on Monday in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday. Many local banks are also closed, along with some retail businesses. The Clovis News Journal offices will be closed, but subscribers who do not receive their Monday papers may call 763-3431, extension 1, between 8 a.m. […]

Local agencies train for crises

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Emergency personnel from throughout Curry County met Wednesday to plan for a disaster they hope will never happen. In their scenario, a tornado appeared over the skies of southwest Clovis, touching down and destroying half of Plains Regional Medical Center and half of Sandia Elementary. Curry County Emergency […]

Different era calls for changes in agency operations

Freedom Newspapers Did we hear CIA director George Tenet correctly? Did he really tell the 9/11 commission last week that it will take “another five years of work to have the kind of clandestine service our country needs” to combat al-Qaida and other terrorists? And did he really go on to assert that “the same […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Two charities united may be the only way

By Mike Linn Roosevelt County United Way board members will meet at noon today to discuss joining forces with the Curry County United Way. Many RCUW officials are enthusiastic about the merger. Others are concerned. Board member Leo Lovett of the RCUW said he is for the merger and hopes the board will make a […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

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David Cresap of Crosshair Gun Shop discusses gun safety and how to install cable-style gun locks at his store Monday. CNJ staff photo: Jack King. By Darrell Todd Maurina Three Curry County law enforcement agencies will receive free gun locks today from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The agencies will then offer them for distribution […]

United Way donations up 13 percent

By Glen Seeber lthough this year’s United Way campaign has come to a close in Clovis and Curry County, that doesn’t mean additional money would be turned down if it was offered. “We always take money — that’s never a problem,” said Erinn Burch, executive director of the Curry County United Way. Friday marked the […]

United Way gifts can help change lives in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers F rom July to October, 99 possible child abuse incidents were reported to Oasis Child Advocacy Center in Clovis, compared to 148 possible incidents the previous 12 months. If the trend continues, Oasis could see its caseload – most of which comes from Curry County – double in just one year. It is […]

Emergency management agency to set up exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina In the event of a major hazardous materials disaster, would local police, fire and medical officials be able to work together? Officials met in a series of three meetings this week, Monday through Wednesday, to set up a tabletop exercise to test this question. Organized as the Curry County Local Emergency […]

United Way: 2003 goal is $375,000

By Eric Butler Curry County United Way officials are looking to raise about 20 percent more money than a year ago. “It’s an aggressive goal, but we need to let the community know that this is the bare minimum that we need to raise,” Director Erinn Burch said. “Our groups took a hit three years […]

State oversees water issues

By Claire Bushey In New Mexico, water is such a precious resource it naturally follows that many people and organizations devote their efforts to researching and managing it. The two major state organizations that control water-related matters are the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission. Separate government agencies, they […]