Kerry’s amendment wins out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Inmate numbers dropping

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The jail overcrowding that has taxed the county budget for the past few years may be starting to ebb, according to jail administrator Don Burdine. There are nearly a hundred fewer Curry County inmates today than just two months ago, the jail administrator reported at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. […]

Reactions mixed at Cannon airspace expansion hearing

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area ranchers’ dissent toward the Air Force’s proposed air-space expansion surrounding Cannon Air Force Base was countered by support from Clovis residents’ at a town hall meeting Friday evening. About 100 people attended the final of four public forums to discuss concerns or voice support about a proposal to […]

Education feature: Clovis Christian outgrows current facility

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Clovis Christian seventh-graders exit Sherill Wofford’s class on the left and Max Kralicek’s on the right after class Wednesday at school. Increased enrollment has allowed the school to have two seventh-grade classes. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis Christian School are narrow. Lockers don’t face each […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]

Proposed chamber center hinges of outside state, federal funding

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Officials of the Clovis/ Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. are working to secure roughly $1.5 million to fund a new business enterprise center in Clovis. A grant was submitted to the federal Economic Development Administration asking for roughly $1 million for the project, money […]

CCC increases budget to raise teachers’ salaries

CNJ STAFF In a meeting lasting less than 10 minutes, the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday morning to approve a series of budget adjustments for the current fiscal year and adopt a proposed 2004-2005 operating budget of $14.8 million. In a summary statement on the proposed budget, CCC President Beverlee McClure wrote […]

U.S. in danger of losing already modest tax cuts

Freedom Newspapers T he House Budget Committee recently rejected legislation that would have prevented future tax cuts unless they are “paid for” by spending cuts or increases in other taxes. If the proposal had passed, it would have made it almost impossible to extend or make permanent the modest tax cuts the administration pushed through […]

Kitchen could cause Lighthouse Mission to close

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Susan Armijo, kitchen manager at the Lighthouse Mission, prepares a meal for mission administrator Richard Gomez. (staff photo by Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis ministry that feeds up to 80 people a day could close next year unless it replaces its kitchen equipment to comply with state regulations. The expected cost […]

Commission to decide on military pay

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Given the rising demands on U.S. forces from a global war on terror, including long, arduous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense officials will ask an independent commission to assess whether current pays and benefits are right for attracting and retaining a quality force. The Department of Defense plans to […]

Editorial: U.S. applies double standard to its neighbors

As debate continues over the federal government’s proposed border-crossing program, one aspect of the current policy deserves closer scrutiny — different treatment of our neighbors, depending on whether they come from north or south of the U.S. border. Under the current system, guests from Canada with proof of Canadian citizenship are allowed to remain in […]

Amendments not palpable alternatives

Mary Southard I oppose both Constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. Amendment 1, designed to “transfer the state department of education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education who shall serve in the executive cabinet and create an elected public education commission,” raises several significant questions. First, how accessible would the governor […]

Carports covered on commission agenda

Jack King Clovis’ city commissioners will consider an ordinance establishing new criteria for carports and amending current code sections at its meeting at 5:15 tonight in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main. The new criteria are based on recommendations from city staff who have been surveying carports in the city. Under […]

Proposal could legalize carports under P&Z plan

By Darrell Todd Maurina About 90 percent of the 165 carports violating Clovis zoning ordinances could be legalized under a proposal discussed Monday night by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Under the proposal, owners of pre-manufactured, portable and flat-roof carports that don’t meet city standards would be allowed to apply for rezoning that would […]

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 […]