Letter to the editor: Term limits long overdue in U.S.

As I write this, FOX News is conducting a chat concerning term limits for our leaders in Washington. One might expect such a discussion following an election. I think term limits is a long overdue process in our American political system. I’ve always wondered how Congress was able to slip in a law limiting the […]

Local leaders making plans for bond money

Argen Duncan In the wake of Tuesday’s bond elections, local leaders are making plans to spend the money earmarked for their entities or do without. Voters passed Bonds A, B and C, which provide money to senior centers, libraries and public school, respectively. Bond D, which would have provided money for universities and colleges, failed. […]

Local bond questions spark contention

Sharna Johnson Whether to build a new judicial complex and jail may prove to be the most contentious local questions voters are asked to answer Nov. 2. The first phase of the proposed project is expected to cost $33 million, split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising […]

Fire safety should be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Our leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Officials: Bond election would also provide money for existing schools

Liliana Castillo Leaders at Clovis Municipal Schools say if a special school bond election isn’t approved by voters Aug. 31, it would not only mean no new middle school but no money to expand or repair many existing school buildings. If passed, the $16 million bond issue would leverage almost $57 million in state tax […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

Time for leaders to get serious about jail issues

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure what’s more frustrating of these three problems: • Curry County Manager Lance Pyle’s inability to find a qualified jail administrator the last 2 1/2 years. • Sheriff Matt Murray’s political temper tantrum last week that leaves the jail without an administrator as of Tuesday morning. • Or the county […]

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]