Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a […]

Lansford takes mayoral win

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis mayor-elect David Lansford listens and takes questions from local and Amarillo media Tuesday at Clovis city hall. Robin Fornoff In the end, newly elected Mayor David Lansford said it seemed to matter less what he thought of the president than some key local issues in Clovis. Lansford breezed to […]

Heather Wilson talks election issues

Tonjia Rolan U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson believes government deregulation is key to a healthy economy and job growth. Wilson called recent Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor and Dodd Frank regulations “Job killing, stifling regulations that are killing people’s way of life.” “This country’s in really deep trouble and it’s not going to be […]

City candidates find common ground

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Moderator Derek Cockrell explains the rules of the candidate forum Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Wilson Clovis City Commission and mayoral candidates found common ground on most issues — including […]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

Robin Fornoff The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the […]

Candidate forum being held

CNJ staff The Clovis Industrial Development Corp., is hosting a municipal election candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Candidates will be available to answer questions regarding business and economic development issues. Questions for candidates should be submitted at clovisnm@clovisnm.org by Friday.

Water, roads top election issues

Kevin Wilson Clovis’ municipal elections are 30 days away, as of Sunday. Here’s a rundown of five of the top issues candidates have, and will, discuss throughout the next four-plus weeks. There’s plenty of intersection on some of these issues. For example, the growth of Cannon Air Force Base has led to a demand for […]

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Issues or causes should not take God’s place in our lives

Curtis Shelburne Tell me, if you please, does the name Wayne B. Wheeler ring any bells for you? It didn’t for me, either, until I read Daniel Okrent’s fascinating book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Wayne Wheeler died in 1927, less than a paltry 100 years ago. At that time, the editors […]

Stop sniping, focus on issues with Hotel Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Much has been written and said about plans for renovating Hotel Clovis. Some of what’s been written and said has even been true. We’d like to see the next few weeks of debate focus on substance, not political rhetoric. Voters will decide Aug. 2 whether Clovis will implement the Affordable Housing Plan […]

Commissioners hear jail, courthouse proposal

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler, left, and Wendell Bostwick listen Tuesday as County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk gives a presentation on options for the courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday heard a new and far less expensive plan to address jail and courthouse issues using existing county facilities. Under […]

Letters to the editor: Social issues have important place

Social issues have important place So, Freedom Newspapers think the issue of Shariah

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Architects to discuss proposed judicial complex at meeting

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File photo Architects will discuss plans for a judicial complex in downtown Clovis during a public meeting today at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. Sharna Johnson Architects are hoping to foster a productive exchange with the community during a meeting to discuss a proposed judicial complex today. Coordinated by Curry […]

Jail, courthouse committee member list

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Commission on Dec. 7, created two committees charged with studying issues facing the jail and courthouse and presenting recommendations to the commission by March 15. As of mid-January, eight members of the committees have resigned, primarily complaining about a lack of transparency and steering by the commission after the committees […]

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]

Lame ducks take advantage of last session

To the surprise of most observers, the lame-duck session of Congress proved to be prolific in passing legislation. Whether it was productive is another question. The existence of lame-duck sessions, that period in which legislators rejected by voters in November get to pass new laws before the winners assume office in January, is one of […]

County forms citizen committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday formed two citizen committees to evaluate and make recommendations on issues with the jail and courthouse security. Commissioners ultimately decided to allow all who volunteered to serve on the committees of their choice, resulting in 13 citizens on the courthouse committee and 11 on the jail committee. By unanimous […]