At-risk animal programs need federal overhaul

A fter a process that at times took on the tone of the Spanish Inquisition rather than a scientific inquiry, a panel of experts has declared the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse a bona fide subspecies once again — giving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all the political cover it needs to keep “mighty mouse” […]

Attempted remake of CIA indicates confusion, stasis

Freedom Newspapers They don’t call it cloak and dagger for nothing. Someday, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, a behind-the-scenes history of the Bush administration’s attempts to remake America’s intelligence community will be written. But an early draft of that history, based largely on suppositions, since secrecy shrouds not just the community’s clandestine activities but its […]

United Way honors donors, announces goals

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Laurie Bentley, center, was named the United Way of Eastern New Mexico Volunteer of the Year for 2005 at the organization’s annual banquet Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico hopes to raise almost $43,000 more than in 2005. United Way officials on […]

Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Conference spending wastes taxpayer money

Freedom Newspapers It’s not always easy to get a federal employee on the phone. Now we know a bit more about where they are when we call. Federal spending on out-of-town conferences has increased by nearly 70 percent over the past five years, according to Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, one Republican who is taking on […]

1/15 Letters to the editor

Senatorial candidate clarifies statements I read with interest the review by Andy Jackson of the recent Republican senatorial candidate debate in Clovis. Unfortunately some statements attributed to me are false. While “(Jeff) Bingaman’s stand on the war in Iraq is not consistent with the beliefs of state voters” is certainly a statement with which many […]

Surveillance actions deserve examination

Freedom Newspapers It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

Privatizing pension agency would benefit taxpayers

Freedom Newspapers The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. took another step down the slippery slope last week, according to an Associated Press story. The federal agency announced it has assumed the pension assets and claims of Falcon Products Inc., a manufacturer of commercial furniture. The two plans taken over by the agency cover about 2,300 current […]

Brown e-mails reveal uncaring official

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist As Hurricane Katrina raised a watery fist almost 30 feet high and shook it at Biloxi, as a nightmare of wind and ocean took shape off New Orleans, as millions of people fled for their lives, huddled in fear or made peace with God, Brownie sought fashion advice. “Tie or […]

Area Farm Service Agency offices under consideration for merger

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

Local business closings its doors

CNJ staff All Ways Travel, a local travel agency, will be closing its doors Friday, but the move isn’t expected to affect other businesses under the same ownership. The closing was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by an employee at the travel agency. Efforts to contact All Ways owner Tammy Garner were unsuccessful. Garner also owns The […]

Resident receives new house when old one deemed uninhabitable

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Passionate about jazz music, Victor Carrasco holds his trumpet and reminisces about performing in his youth. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The old “A” frame house on Hinkle Street is no longer standing. Betrayed by a damaged roof and old wiring, the 100-year-old residence was deemed uninhabitable, and burned […]

Press misses point about intelligence

By Mona Charen The President’s Commission on (deep breath) Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction has issued its report. True to predictions, it indicts the CIA and other intelligence agencies for giving the president and Congress information that was “dead wrong” and accompanying this intelligence with a promise that the […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Ability to read important skill in any language

CNJ staff Did you know Dr. Seuss won three Academy Awards, two of them for filming war documentaries during World War II? Did you know he also won two Emmy awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and that his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by 43 publishers […]

Poor planning leads to poor management

CNJ staff It is seldom really shocking to hear that a government agency has wasted large sums of money, or spent it in ways that would be viewed as sloppy or even criminal in the private sector. After a certain number of examples, one is almost beyond being scandalized. How does it happen? A government […]

Bigger-is-better approach not always intelligent

The bigger-is-better mentality is alive and well in Washington, in spite of ample evidence that quantity and quality don’t necessarily correspond, and sometimes even have an inverse relationship. President Bush in an executive order last month required the Central Intelligence Agency to double the number of agents in its clandestine service, that small but critical […]

Lety’s noit rush into intelligence reform bill

Freedom Newspapers The failure to approve an intelligence reform bill in the House of Representatives over the weekend is not necessarily a tragedy. The 9/11 commission, whose recommendations were the basis of a bill passed by the Senate, does not have a monopoly on wisdom when it comes to reforming the “intelligence community,” as the […]

Turmoil within CIA not helped by partisanship

Freedom Editorial You almost need a secret decoder ring to try to figure out what is really going on in the Central Intelligence Agency, which is both highly secretive and resistant to understanding by outsiders and yet fond of publicity and adept (at many levels) in the dark art of the leak. A number of […]

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 […]