Portales residents bowling to fight cancer

Alisa Boswell Two Portales residents and coworkers are knocking down bowling pins for dollars — with the money going the fight for cancer. Roger Jones, who works at C&S Inc., and is on its Relay for Life team each year, bowls with the Continental Bowling League Thursday nights in Clovis. Jones came up with a […]

Tres Amigas road dollars a good start

Clovis Media Inc. irst comes the road, then comes the superconductor power station. While development work continues to finance and design the $1.2 billion Tres Amigas plant north of Clovis, the first step of the three-phase electrical project should begin later this year. Curry County will receive $350,000 in capital funds to pay for a […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

Letters to the editor: Golf course waste of our dollars

Golf course waste of our dollars I was in the audience the night Clovis city commissioners voted to purchase Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. The city took control of the golf course May 1. Not that much has improved since. The city has proven in the past it won’t spend the money necessary to […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

Press release: Hull Street overpass ribbon cutting Wednesday

The City of Clovis will be holding a ribbon cutting on the north side of the Hull Street Overpass at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by a reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 108 N. Davis Street when area representatives involved with the reconstruction will comment […]

Ethanol subsidies test of Republicans’ resolve

Congressional Republicans face a test of their newly rediscovered principles. They can save taxpayers billions of dollars and spur the free market simply by allowing to expire at year’s end the subsidies for domestic ethanol production and tariffs on imported ethanol. We soon will know whether the GOP, re-energized by the Tea Party, lives up […]

Clovis Housing Authority to receive grant

CNJ staff The Clovis Housing Authority will receive $10,836 of nearly $200,000 in Housing and Urban Development dollars for rental assistance provided to families. Seven state agencies are part of nearly 600 nationwide to receive $150 million in funding through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program because they had additional leasing or experienced other unforeseen circumstances […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary […]

Loaning tax dollars to fund reactors risky

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has announced that the government will offer an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Atlanta-based Southern Co., one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, build two more nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. The guarantee would cover about 70 percent of the […]

Man accuses state of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to cover up what he called “bribery and kickbacks.” Frank Foy, a former […]

CIDC director touting new “quality of life tax”

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Economic development dollars are available to New Mexico communities for industrial plants that bring in new economies. Chase Gentry and others across the state want those dollars to enhance what’s already there, as well. Gentry has been touting a “quality of life tax” at recent public meetings. It would […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

Bingaman bill would help strengthen Medicaid, save taxpayer dollars

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.

New mandates will only harm auto industry

Freedom New Mexico Even as Washington doles out tens of billions of dollars to rescue unprofitable Detroit automakers, President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday to impose billions of dollars of additional costs on the industry. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting 14 states waivers to set their own more strict regulations […]

Banks owed no privacy when using tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico Can you imagine lending a relative several thousand dollars and then being told it’s none of your business whether that relative spent the money doing as promised (to pay off debts and get his fiscal house in order) or whether he blew the cash on fancy vacations and jewelry? Well, as The […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make […]

Taxpayer dollars don’t belong to automakers

Freedom New Mexico The Big Three U.S. automakers were busy at the political conventions of both major parties this year, lobbying for more gravy from the taxpayers. Specifically, they’re not satisfied with the $25 billion in low-interest loans Congress voted to grant them last year, ostensibly to help them develop new fuel-efficient cars and retool […]

More residents utilizing food banks and thrift stores

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frances Vanderford of Clovis shops at the Goodwill store on Thursday. She said she frequently shops at Goodwill because she can buy more with her money there. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To stretch her dollars, Frances Vanderford said she shops at the Goodwill thrift store about twice a […]

‘Bonus’ forfeits retirement dollars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thousands of military members entering their 15th year of service continue to be enticed by a wily government offer: a $30,000 bonus if they agree to take a deep and permanent cut in future retirement benefits. The offer, called a Career Status Bonus, takes advantage of service people who are […]