Business digest — Jan. 24

Fundraiser nets nearly $5,000 A fundraiser dinner, dance and silent auction for the Melrose Tire Shop held Jan. 15 in Melrose netted $4,895. The money will help defray rebuilding costs for the tire shop, which was damaged in an October fire. The owner, Dale Bigler, did not have insurance for the property and will likely […]

Citizens’ committees to ask for extension

Sharna Johnson The primary recommendation jail and courthouse citizens’ committees will most likely make Tuesday is that they be given more time — but they also have a backup plan of general recommendations. Tuesday is the deadline the Curry County Commission gave to two citizen committees tasked with coming up with solutions to address crowding […]

Education column: Internet hosts holiday-themed educational opportunities

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools With kids out of school for the holidays, homes are most likely a bit more lively than usual. In case you’re looking for some educational support that’s fun and holiday-oriented, here are some Internet some to try for diversion: • http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml — over 150 free homemade Christmas craft projects, with […]

Teachers, administrators disheartened by retirement proposal

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

Weekly update — Oct. 17

Opening ceremony scheduled for overpass A ceremony for the opening of the Hull Street Overpass will be coming in November, but likely long after the first car passes over the new structure. “We’re hoping to start laying asphalt at the end of next week,” City Engineer Justin Howalt said. The target completion date is Nov. […]

Cannon water advisory still in effect

CNJ staff State environmental officials will likely keep a boil water order in place for Cannon Air Force Base through the weekend. NMED spokeswoman Marissa Bardino said Friday the order will probably be lifted Monday. In the meantime, residents of Cannon and Chavez Manor housing are still advised to boil water for five minutes if […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet exactly which challenges will be included in what is likely to become a final consolidated challenge. But several constitutional arguments […]

Scaled-back health care bill likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

Fathers can provide love and stability

Freedom New Mexico There is little question that in most families the mother is the central unifying person emblematic of unconditional love that can be tough love when necessary. Recent research, however, suggests fathers are more important in the lives of children than had been previously understood. It is still unclear how much this reflects […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]