CCC fall figures down

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Community College enrollment continued a downward descent in fall 2006, according to a CCC memorandum issued to CCC Board of Trustees. Enrollment in the 2006 fall semester declined 9.42 percent when compared with the 2005 fall semester, according to a state formula used to measure enrollment, the memorandum […]

New doctor recruitment method seeks to boost ranks

By Tom Philpott: Military update The number of medical students accepting Army and Navy scholarships has fallen sharply over the last two years, in part because of the mayhem in Iraq as depicted in daily news reports, say service medical leaders. A scholarship program the Army surgeon general calls “our lifeblood, over time, for recruiting […]

GOP sinking in fiscal woes sends an SOS

Freedom Newspapers I t may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, […]

City approves preliminary 2007 budget

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission approved a preliminary budget for the 2007 fiscal year of nearly $35.4 million at a special meeting Thursday. The preliminary budget does not yet include anticipated grant funding as well as such expenditures as the Clovis Civic Center. According to City Manager Joe Thomas, expenditures will likely increase about […]

Number of black recruits down sharply

By Tom Philpott :CNJ columnist The Army’s wartime recruiting challenge is aggravated by a sharp drop in black enlistments over the last four years, which internal Army and Defense Department polls trace to an unpopular war in Iraq and concerns among blacks with Bush administration policies. The Army strains to meet recruiting goals in part […]

Bush’s budget different from actual Fed budget

Freedom Newspapers Monday’s unveiling of the president’s $2.57 trillion budget was the official kickoff of the federal fiscal cycle, which begins each year with this solemn bit of Kabuki theater before rapidly descending into farce. Few Americans have the time or inclination to actually read the budget. But even those who just read news reports […]

Bush, Congress share fiscal irresponsibility

The Bush administration and Pentagon have taken a lot of heat, some of it probably deserved, for an alleged shortage of armored Humvees in Iraq. The issue came to a boil several weeks back, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by a G.I. on the issue during a widely seen press conference in Kuwait. […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Mission funding placed on hold until elections

Freedom Newspapers en. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Tuesday he was simply describing the possible consequences of a possible shortfall or delay in funding next year for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The general was not questioning the judgment of Defense Secretary […]