Commission going after Prince Street construction funds

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Prince Street reconstruction and the Clovis Industrial Park were at the top of the Clovis City Commission’s agenda Thursday. Commissioners agreed to apply for $1.755 million to the Local Government Transportation Fund (GRIP2) to reconstruct Prince Street between 21st Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard. The grant requires $945,000 in […]

Water funding request cut short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request since […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Formality has place, but not in this column

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist When the reader response message begins “Mr. Cantwell,” I immediately grab a baseball bat and crouch in a corner. What follows is probably not going to be good. You just know the writer is thinking, “Mr. Cantwell, oh you fool.” This is not a “Mr. Cantwell” type of column. Such […]

Naming quarter half-serious business

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Let’s establish something right up front. This is serious business. The state needs a new quarter. To be precise, it will not be a state quarter, but a federal quarter saluting New Mexico. We have not yet begun to mint our own money. But keep your eyes on Gov. Bill. […]

Capital outlay cuts strike CCC, Clovis schools

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some budget and capital outlay measures squashed by Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday have sent ripples through Clovis. His capital outlay cuts totaled about $1.7 million in Clovis and Curry County. The governor vetoed $60 million for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities across the state. He also pulled […]

Private schools let parents choose educational path

Freedom Newspapers The debate over Intelligent Design is the latest in a long-running battle over what public-school children should be taught about the origins of life. In the first half of the 20th century, students often were taught that life sprang from Divine creation. In more recent times, they have been taught that man progressed […]

State teaching mandate precludes intelligent design

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Carl Armstrong is a Christian. He is also a Clovis High School science teacher, and he doesn’t think intelligent design has a place in his, or any other, science classroom, at least for now. There is just not enough evidence to support the theory, Armstrong said. In Pennsylvania, eight […]

Legislative session ends

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was vicious. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues — including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — […]