Government-run health plan step in wrong direction

By Freedom New Mexico President Bush correctly has promised to veto an irresponsible, insidious bill that would provide government-subsidized health care to children of middle-class families earning as much as $83,000 a year under a program originally intended to benefit only the poor. The president Thursday rightly identified the Democrat-controlled Congress’ motive in attempting to […]

Sen. Clinton’s health-care plan no miracle cure

By Freedom Newspapers HillaryCare is back with a promise to make health care more affordable, more available and with more choices for everyone. But if Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care program financed with $110 billion a year in new taxes becomes law, health care will be substantially more expensive, health insurance will be much less […]

Auntie will reap rewards in heaven

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist A former student of mine who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base told me this personal story. I tell it again because many readers have found it to be a story of inspiration. Auntie Mille, a single mother with two children, struggled to make her meager income meet her […]

County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

County toughening policy enforcement at fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Organizations participating in the Curry County Fair in August will have to present proof of liability insurance before they can set up booths. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the policy has been selectively enforced over the years, but the new fairgrounds manager, Justus […]

Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Officials: Choose building contractors carefully

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor With many area residents beginning home improvement projects at this time or fixing damage from the March 23 tornado, city officials advise: Hire licensed contractors. Clovis city building safety director Pete Wilt said New Mexico requires contractors to be licensed and homeowners should ask to see their license when […]

Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]