Environmental group should return tax dollars

Freedom Newspapers The Natural Resources Defense Council is a left-wing environmental organization that constantly chides the Bush administration, calls for international environmental governance, promotes more regulations, sounds the alarms about “global warming” and the evils of the oil industry and generally takes positions at odds with those supported by President Bush and the GOP Congress […]

Wastewater expansion project cost doubles

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Construction equipment sits in what will be the new lagoon for the Southwest Cheese plant on the property of the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Construction was on hold Wednesday due to the cold weather. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer In the three years since the city agreed to expand its […]

Local hand lends aid to devastation

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer A former Clovis resident has been using his job training in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit in September. Blanton Christesson, a 1971 Clovis High graduate, is a foreman at Environmental Restoration Co. of St. Louis, Mo. The foreman said he and his crew worked seven days a week and […]

Dairy industry has to follow regulations

Guest Columnist: Sharon Lombardi Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

Environmental, fiscal challenges coming into focus

Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday — four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992. As President Bush prepared to speak to the nation from an undisclosed location in […]

Congress should get serious about nuclear energy

Freedom Newspapers Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three Mile […]

Cooperative efforts good for environmentalists

Freedom Newspapers The past two fire seasons have shown the devastating consequences of letting our Southwestern forests become overgrown. Now we’re about to see the fiscal impact of this legacy of mismanagement, including a reduction of services and facilities that the public has come to expect on our national forests. Harv Forsgren, Southwest regional forester […]

Connecticut sub base a ’minefield’ of pollution

By Matt Apuzzo: The Associated Press GROTON, Conn. — For decades, the land around the Navy’s oldest submarine base was a dumping ground for whatever it needed to dispose of: sulfuric acid, torpedo fuel, waste oil and incinerator ash. Now the Pentagon has proposed closing the base, leaving a huge swath of land that contains […]

Lifestyles etc.

Honors Science fair winners Winners from the 2005 science and engineeering fair held at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales include: Senior division — First place, behavioral and social sciences, Kristen Sharp, Gattis Junior High; second place, chemistry, Tiffany Hagler, Texico High; first place, environmental science, Jay Burns, Yucca Jr. High. Junior division — First […]

Bush bumbled by choosing Whitman

Freedom Newspapers Christine Todd Whitman, the abysmally bad first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bush, is poised to publish the gripping, harrowing, nauseatingly self-serving account of her travails as a “moderate” (read: liberal) in a Republican Party dominated by what she calls “antiregulatory lobbyists and extreme antigovernment ideologues.” Antigovernment ideologues! Where do […]

USAF report released

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The […]

Arguments against DDT are outdated

By Walter Williams Ever since Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring,” environmental extremists have sought to ban all DDT use. Using phony studies from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental activist-controlled Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT in 1972. The extremists convinced the nation that DDT was not only unsafe […]

Domestic sources of oil could help reduce gas prices

Freedom Newspapers Records are being broken in both the price per barrel of crude oil ($40.77) and the price per gallon of gasoline ($1.90 in Clovis on Wednesday), raising fears of inflation and economic slowdown, as well as grassroots calls for a national gas-buyers boycott. And so the political jousting naturally continues over who or […]

Pesticides kill bugs, save many lives in Africa

Freedom Newspapers Most political movements and public policies have their good points and bad, so it’s imperative that Americans try to subject everything to hard-headed analysis. Unfortunately, the environmental movement still basks in the glow of unquestioned praise, so some of the ills that have occurred as the result of environmentalist policies go unchecked. Perhaps […]

Water group begins personnel search

By Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations […]

Celebrating a clean slate

By Jack King About 30 area residents, dignitaries, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, state and federal officials gathered at Santa Fe Lake on Thursday. Their purpose was to celebrate the transformation of the lake — a playa about one mile south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad yard in Clovis — from one of […]

Lake dropped from Superfund list

By Jack King The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Co. will hold an open house Thursday at Santa Fe Lake to celebrate the removal of the lake from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the lake site on South Main Street across […]