U.S. should halt Pakistan aid until order returns

By Freedom New Mexico Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency, tantamount to martial law, which suspends the constitution, suspends the right to assemble in public, the right to free speech, the right of free movement, and the right of detainees to be informed of their offense and be given access […]

Time on earth shouldn’t be squandered

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In my childhood days, when we would visit relatives, we always went to the general store. At this general store, one could find everything: feed, milk, cereal, lye, garden seed and anything else one might need. Miss Nell always stocked a wide variety of candy and plenty of bottled cokes […]

Education Digest: Congressional act bolsters student aid

Congress will provide more than $17 billion for student financial aid in 2008, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. A new law, named the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, restructuring the college aid program cuts private lender subsidies by about $19 billion and reduces interest on need-based loans to 3.4 […]

Oct. 1, 1940

A call for volunteers to aid in the registration of all young men between the ages of 21 and 35 in compliance with the Selective Service Act was issued by County Clerk Claude Gamble. … The Girl Scouts of Troop Four celebrated their third anniversary at the Methodist Church, with singing and folk dancing. … […]

Anti-drug package will only worsen problem in Mexico

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing […]

Food handouts harm economy in U.S., abroad

By Freedom Newspapers Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of […]

Governor declares disaster area

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Governor frees state money for assistance

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Legal office may face shuttering sentence

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer For 29 years, Lucy Lopez has guided low-income residents in Curry County through the legal system maze. Now, her job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works as a paralegal has been recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez […]

Jan. 26, 1937

Firefighters were called to 405 Sheldon to extinguish a small blaze originating in an awning. No damage was reported. … Residents were being cited for failure to have brake- and light-test certificates on their vehicle windshields. … Local residents had donated $227.50 through the Curry County Red Cross to aid flood victims in Ohio. … […]

Aid necessary in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving big-screen […]

Localizing relief would provide better disaster aid

Editorial I t’s a good thing that, in defiance of most of the predictions and of all the alarmists who tried to link nasty hurricanes to global warming, we had a relatively mild hurricane season this year. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been called upon to deal with a disaster this year, it […]

Call for more aid for Africa will not help

By Walter E. Williams : syndicated columnist British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other G-8 leaders, have called for the doubling of foreign aid to African nations by 2010. The idea that foreign aid is a route out of poverty and political instability is not only bankrupted but a cruel and evil hoax as […]

Former CCC prez talks new position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure bowed down from that position last August to become New Mexico’s first secretary of higher education. The Odessa, Texas, native oversees a staff of 33, which is expected to grow by 13 positions in the next year, she said. In April 2005, […]

Local boy helps raise money for resident’s heart transplant

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First-grader Daniel Claypoole, 6, fills cups with Kool-Aid to raise money for Jim Whary, of Clovis, who is waiting for a heart transplant. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer His white T-shirt covered in pink splotches and splashes, his lips outlined with cherry red stains, a Clovis first-grader spent most of […]

Reforms should streamline, not add bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers After a series of audits and hearings after the 2004 hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency promised it would have its management and accounting systems in better order for 2005. So it is difficult to put much faith in similar promises this year, given the disaster in New Orleans. Perhaps the best […]

Education feature: Officials say timing important when applying for college

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Clovis High School senior Mary Cate Burns, right, receives help Wednesday from senior class councilor Diane Tunnell at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Procrastination and college preparation don’t mix, according to many college officials. The bulk of college deadlines for the fall semester have already passed, college officials […]

8/4 Education Digest

CCC holding aid awareness workshop The Clovis Community College hopes to increase awareness of the world of financial aid through two Aug. 8th workshops, according to a CCC press release. The workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The workshops will outline procedures for […]

Reform would aid Africa more than money

Freedom Newspapers President Bush is likely to have a tough time at the G-8 summit meeting this week. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is president this year of the group of political leaders from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia, wants to focus on global warming and, as […]

Legal help for poor stretched thin

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — One of New Mexico’s largest organizations for getting legal help to the poor plans to lay off up to a fifth of its work force because of budget cuts or shortfalls. Legal Aid of New Mexico has announced it will lay off at least 10 and perhaps as many […]