Education digest —

Parent notification system in place Clovis Municipal Schools have implemented a web-based system that will allow parents phone, email, and text-message access to information on school-related events, according to a news release from the superintendent’s office. The school district will use the Skylert Calling System to notify parents and guardians of time sensitive information such […]

Retired locomotive moving again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A crew from Joe Bennett Movers places steel beams under and though the train car Wednesday in Hillcrest Park. The beams will be uses to lift and support the car onto a truck which will take it to its new home at the train museum. Benna Sayyed The 105-year-old locomotive […]

Suffering, joy result of free will

Curtis Shelburne How can a good and powerful God allow suffering? That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question defies easy and glib answers. Pain is a caustic solvent that melts away easy answers and plastic […]

Protesters fail to see hypocrisy

Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space: • The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and […]

Clovis Christian School going virtual

Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School plans to launch a virtual high school that will allow students to receive a high school diploma by taking nothing but online courses. Superintendent Ladona Clayton said she hopes to have the Truth Seekers Virtual Academy up for a summer session this year and ready for a full launch in […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the Legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

Prisoners relocated to allow for detention officer training

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More than a third of the inmates at the Curry County jail have been relocated to other facilities to allow for training of detention officers. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday the transportation of inmates is complete and there are approximately 165 inmates remaining at the jail, he said. Friday, […]

Raising baby chicks no easy feat

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. It sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Governor signs law to allow guns in some liquor-serving restaurants

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July. However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into […]

Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. […]

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Support grows for advocates of immigrants

Freedom New Mexico As we allow government to cast ever-widening nets over all aspects of our lives, real life-and-death issues — health care, crime and drug use, to name just a few — become little more than political playthings tossed about inside the Washington beltway and state capitals across the country. So forgive us for […]

Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve […]

Society should allow for mistakes

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The story begins in a local mailing center, where a local business person entered and began to tell of his 17-year-old son’s attempt to independently board a flight. Read the story; it may have an all too familiar ring. Like many young adults who have never flown before, this young […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads for […]

Senate to switch on Web camera

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After being taken down before the start of this session, a camera that will broadcast proceedings of the Senate floor over the Internet will return. The Senate voted 37-0 Friday to allow a camera to be installed in the back of the Senate and stream video to the Legislature’s […]