City rejects demand to remove sign

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A card identifying Clovis People for Progress as the sponsor of a sign hung from Hotel Clovis is affixed to the bottom left corner of the banner encouraging support of an Affordable Housing Plan in an Aug. 2 special election. Sharna Johnson The city has rejected a demand to remove […]

Portales officials: Water demand led to restrictions

Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Obama wants to drill — but only in Brazil

Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward price pressure as […]

Xcel offering credit for lowering energy demand

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Xcel Energy is offering credit to Clovis customers in exchange for using a new tool to help lower peak demands on electric power. Customers in Roswell, Carlsbad and Artesia are also being asked to sign up for the company’s Saver’s Switch program. The voluntary program allows Xcel Energy to […]

Xcel declares energy alert

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Fuzzy Padilla, left, and Joe Barnett of Xcel Energy put a pole extender in place Wednesday on Norris and 14th streets. CNJ staff Unexpected problems had Xcel Energy declaring an energy alert Wednesday in its Texas and New Mexico service territory, urging customers to cut back their use of electricity. […]

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Mission seeking out soles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Rubio with the Lighthouse Mission organizes the shoes already donated during the mission’s third annual shoe drive. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each year before the school year starts, the demand for new shoes depletes the Lighthouse Mission’s stores. To restore their ability to help those in need […]

Indigent care demands jump

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dr. Tracy Arghavani reviews patient charts between appointments at a nurse’s station of La Casa Family Health Center in Portales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for indigent care has jumped almost 40 percent at one local hospital and increased four-fold at area clinics for the poor and under-insured. […]

Xcel Energy upgrades Energy Alert; asks for further reductions in demand

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Study suggests fixed bus routes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A feasibility report recommends the city’s public transportation provider switch to a fixed bus route system because it would reduce operating expenses, expand service and accommodate growth. The report by a Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based mass transit consulting firm recommends the Clovis Area Transit System implement three bus routes snaking through […]

Restricting energy won’t cool global warming problem

By Freedom Newspapers The House of Representatives voted last week to impose $16 billion in new taxes on the oil industry and give away billions of dollars in tax breaks for so-called “renewable” energy schemes. The proposals will only drive energy costs higher, while limiting availability and giving foreign oil producers more sway in the […]

Government-run ‘free’ market not truly free

By Freedom Newspapers You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he […]

4/5 Letters to the editor

Pork’s still pork, even if it’s for Cannon The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And […]

Officials say water issues not cause for immediate concern

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water […]

National security not valid excuse to trample rights

Freedom Newspapers The longer the frustratingly indeterminate “global war on terror” goes on, the more threats to American freedoms present themselves here at home. This is an unfortunate but inevitable byproduct of any war, especially one with such hazy objectives. (Does anyone believe terror as a tactic of the weak in political struggles can be […]

Shoppers hit stores early

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Monica Vigil and her uncle, Leroy Cordova, shop for bargains Friday at Wal-Mart. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a […]

Program aimed at reducing water demands

CNJ staff New Mexican-American Water Co. is teaming up with Clovis’ Water Conservation Advisory Committee on a public awareness program aimed at reducing demands for water over the summer months. The water company is sending letters and running advertisements urging customers to water their lawns on designated days in hopes of reducing peak demand that […]

Energy demands reshaping global marketplace

by Freedom Newspapers Attendees of a major symposium in Houston last week heard some thought-provoking prognostications about the global energy outlook. Some of the observations come from representatives of the oil industry, and must be taken in context. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid, or shouldn’t give Americans something to think about as Congress […]

City asking residents to conserve water

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A scorching summer heat and lack of precipitation prompted city officials and New Mexico American Water personnel on Tuesday to ask Clovis residents to be frugal with their water. Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said water wells that feed kitchen sinks, shower heads […]