Bush, House make tax rebate deal to stimulate spending

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With unprecedented speed and cooperation, Congress and the White House forged a deal Thursday to begin rushing tax rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most tax filers by spring, hoping they will spend the money just as quickly and jolt the ailing economy to life. Rebates would be even higher […]

Area prep scores

Freedom Newspapers Clovis 33, Palo Duro, TX 0 Slaton, TX 21, Portales 6 Texico 44, Loving 0 New Deal 10, Bovina 0 Smyer 28, Farwell 14 Fort Sumner 27, Capitan 14 Dora 52, Foothill 6 Tucumcari 39, Estancia 6 Menaul 38, Clovis Christian 28

Network stoops low to raise profits

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s been a few weeks since former NBA player John Amaechi announced he was gay, and I’ve stood on the sidelines until today. Some call his admission courageous, and others call it a money grab. I’ll call it a post-career statement from a below-average NBA player, and a story […]

There is no shame in seeking therapy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I see a psychologist. Perhaps, I see nothing unusual about this because of my background. My mother, sister, aunt and cousin are psychologists, and most of my extended family saw a therapist at one time or another. I grew up thinking that going to a psychologist was just like going […]

Orediggers top ENMU in finale

CNJ statt PORTALES — Thanks primarily to Mike Deal, Colorado School of Mines ended Eastern New Mexico University’s school-record start on Sunday. Deal, the Oredigggers’ junior first baseman, slammed a pair of three-run homers and Mines held on to win a 16-12 slugfest at Greyhound Field, salvaging the finale of the teams’ four-game series. Senior […]

Aviation deal fails to take off

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A local business owner said a $2 million proposal to purchase an aviation company and hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport has been grounded. Ted Stallings, owner of the local aviation firm Aero Tech, said he submitted the proposal Sept. 20 to the members of the city of Clovis Civil […]

AREA PREP FOOTBALL: Santa Rosa rides big plays to beat Fort Sumner

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — The Santa Rosa Lions used a mix of Daniel Zamora and big special teams plays in posting a rout of the homestandings Foxes. The Lions (4-0) lost four fumbles and only outgained Fort Sumner 223-170, but they scored ona 5-yard fumble return, a 55-yard punt return and a 70-yard kickoff […]

More money, fewer duties; sign me up

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear editors, Just a heads up here that I probably will be quitting the column. Let’s keep it just between us. If word leaks to the readers, I am going to be flooded with e-mails saying … “Promise?” Let me take this opportunity to apologize for having recently exposed the […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

New Deal interpretation pure distortion

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman has been a steady defender, via all his scholarly and semi-scholarly works, of America’s growing welfare state. He has volunteered umpteen times to step up to the plate with yet another bag full of sophistries with which to give pseudo-legal justifications for expanding the power […]

Port deal should be scrutinized, not dismissed

Freedom Newspapers At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to […]

Poor procedures waste tax dollars

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the main difference between government employment and private industry, as I see it: Let’s take a fictional company. We’ll call it Gadgets Inc. No, that’s boring. Let’s call it gadget.com. We’ll locate it in Deming because Deming needs some economic stimulation, its Duck Race not withstanding. So gadget.com is doing pretty […]

City accepts storm-water deal

1106293351-web-copper-manner.jpg

Chad Lydick, with Lydick engineers, explains the four different solution possibilities to the Clovis City Commission Thursday for storm water drainage retention for Copper Manor #2 in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission on Thursday accepted a fee to manage storm-water drainage for an area […]

Kid still raising ruckus after his death

Ned Cantwell: Local columnist Our little state has gone nuts, just plain nuts. Catch this: The mayor of Fort Sumner says he will set up a table outside a supermarket and sell cupcakes if that is what it takes to raise needed money for his community. And for what purpose does Mayor Ray Lopez seek […]

There’s nothing like the day after

Mike Linn Call me a scam artist, if you will. But one of the main reasons I love Christmas is the day-after sale, when I take back all my presents and get two for one. That’s right. The day after Christmas, many stores have 50-percent off sales. So I take back the fancy shirt my […]

Shareholders overwhelmingly approve Freedom deal

By Gary Gentile LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shareholders of Freedom Communications Inc. overwhelmingly approved a partnership with two investment companies that preserves one of the last family-owned media companies. The deal, announced late Wednesday, allows some family members to cash out their shares. That prospect caused other family members to fear they would lose editorial […]

New plan in works for offset retired pay

Tom Philpott With fewer strings attached this time to avoid the ire of veterans’ groups, House leaders are nearing a new deal with the Bush administration to end for many military retirees the offset in retired pay that occurs when they draw disability pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal would cost an […]

Freedom of association works both ways

Walter Williams Suppose you want to deal with me but I don’t want to deal with you. Should I be forced to? You might ask, “What are you talking about?” Here’s a short list. Suppose you want to marry me, but I don’t want to marry you. Or, suppose you want to play tennis with […]

Lowe’s store almost a done deal

By Jack King A spokeswoman for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse said Thursday the company has closed a deal to buy a site in Clovis. Julie Valeant, the company spokeswoman, said partners in the deal are still completing final paperwork and she could not provide more details about the deal until the paperwork is finished. Developer […]