Cities should advance citizen freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Public-interest agency becoming tyrannical

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants. Let’s look at their agenda, which seeks greater control over our lives. Last year, CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the […]

GOP pushing for bed tax refund

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Lawmakers brace for busy 30 days

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson called on the Legislature Tuesday to phase in an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. In a state of the state speech on the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, […]

County tax hike tops agenda

CNJ staff Commissioner Tim Ashley will propose an intent to adopt an ordinance to increase the county gross receipts tax at today’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse on Main Street. Ashley said state Legislature authorizes Curry County commissioners to pass a 1/8 percent increase that would take effect in […]

Events center among items on commission’s agenda

CNJ Staff Medical services for the jail and plans for the design of an events center are among a variety of items scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting of the Curry County Commission. The agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting in the county courthouse includes an emergency plan specifying that employees may voluntarily attempt to help extinguish […]

Board members gain more say about agenda

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer With little discussion and a unanimous vote, the Clovis Municipal School Board voted Tuesday night to end a long-standing policy requiring board members to gain the approval of the superintendent before adding items to the agenda. The new procedure states that “any board member shall have an item […]

School official seeks change

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Clovis school district board member is speaking out against early-morning meetings he says don’t give the public a reasonable chance to attend. Mark Lansford said those who work or have children may be unable to attend public school board meetings held at 6:30 a.m. the Tuesday prior to […]

Not supporting base a negative message

Letters to the Editor I was making my way along Prince Street recently when I noticed a sign outside a restaurant that read: “Jet noise is good for the economy.” I am astounded that we have to rely on a restaurant marquee to remind us of what is important to our community and to our […]

Board bans blue jeans

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Judy Kern, a first-grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, discusses the staff dress code, Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Clovis school board member Mark Lansford asked the question bluntly at Tuesday night’s meeting: “Let’s say tomorrow morning somebody at a grade school says it is cold outside and they want to […]

Local Roundup 2/17

Staff reports Texas runoff election takes place today The runoff election in Texas District 31 between Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Kirk Edwards, R-Odessa, is today. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) The election is to fill the vacant seat of resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed ambassador […]

School board considers changes to agenda policy

CNJ STAFF REPORT The Clovis school board will discuss tonight possible changes to the policy of placing items on meetings agendas. The board of education will hold its meeting at 7 tonight at the administration building at 1009 Main St. A meeting will also be held at 6:30 a.m. today at the administration building to […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

Blue denim issue takes spotlight at school meeting

Ryan Lengerich A dress-code issue involving Clovis school teachers reached a public forum on Tuesday night. Clovis Public Schools’ Education Board member Mark Lansford asked that an administrative directive, which prohibits teachers from wearing blue denim at work, be placed on the board’s Feb. 10 meeting agenda for discussion purposes. Lansford said earlier this week […]

Denim blues hit Clovis teachers

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis High School teacher is unhappy about a new policy that prohibits her from wearing blue jeans to class. But Carol Singletary said the issue is not just a dress-code debate with school superintendent Neil Nuttall. “The issue isn’t about jeans, it is about morale and the chain of command being […]

Commissioners have full agenda tonight

By Jack King Several items that have been subject to public discussion are on the city commission’s consent agenda for its regular meeting tonight. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Curry-Carver Public Library. Items are placed on the consent agenda so the commission may vote to pass them […]

Carports must be engineer-stamped before sale

By Jack King New Mexico Construction Industries Division Bureau Chief Fermin Aragon said this week CID will require sellers, rather than buyers, of premanufactured carports to provide an engineer’s stamp, certifying they meet construction standards for the area of the state in which they are sold. But, Aragon added, in the case of prefabricated carports […]