Editorial: Visitor’s center classic case of mismanagement

A new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol — under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2005 — is already telling a more accurate story of Congress than planners had hoped. The underground 580,000-square-foot facility, located on the east side of the Capitol, and intended to share the history of Congress, is symbolizing the […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]

Commission adjusts budget to fund pay increase

By Jack King Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a line item budget change that will make it possible to fund a 1 percent pay increase for county employees for one year. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Pete Hulder and Kathrynn Tate voted against the budget cut, following a debate that highlighted an on-going debate about […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

Farwell begins construction for new county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Builders broke ground last week on the new Parmer County jail. County Sheriff Randy Geries said replacing the existing 18-bed jail is critical. “We are constantly fighting capacity issues,” Geries said. “In our current little bitty jail we run out of room real quick.” Parmer County’s problems aren’t limited to the […]

Jail overcrowding cuts into county coffers.

Jack King State financial woes and increased mandatory sentences for some offenses are contributing to overcrowding in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, said Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine and County Manager Geneva Cooper. In turn, overcrowding at the jail is contributing to a county budget shortfall and cutting into its indigent care fund, they […]

Hoping to reach a compromise on Wheaton

Jack King The railroad crossing at Wheaton Street may close after all. Local officials and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway were unable to reach agreement on a contract last month in connection with BNSF’s planned expansion project. But last week, representatives from the county, city of Clovis and railroad met with Department of Economic Development […]