Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

City Limits closes bar

CNJ staff Effective Tuesday, Clovis City Limits is shutting down its bar. The package store will remain open, said Sandra Starritt, a manager at the package store. Starritt said, “maybe later on down the road,” the bar could open again. She deferred questions about the bar closure to owner Robert Green. Attempts to contact Green […]

DWI patrols planned

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI saturation patrols Saturday, and a DWI checkpoint on Friday, according to a release from the department. The saturation patrols will take place 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, while the checkpoint will follow 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Both measures will take […]

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 […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in mind when those […]

Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. […]

China’s limits on Web will affect trade

Freedom New Mexico The Internet search-engine company Google made quite a splash last week with its decision to stop cooperating with the Chinese government’s campaign of Internet censorship and its suggestion that it might end its operations in China. While some have questioned whether Google’s motivations are entirely noble, the move is welcome, not least […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]

USDA enhances integrity and defensibility of farm programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamlining payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to […]

Voters deserve chance to set terms

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist In the last 12 months, mayors of Clovis and Portales have said it was time to go, even though no term limits existed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was time to stay, even though term limits do exist. Bloomberg is seeking a third term as mayor, despite the […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Ending trash services disappointing Imagine my disappointment upon reading the city is going to terminate dumpster service to 70 residents living within one mile of Clovis city limits.

Certain topics off limits

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist M y husband and I disagree on what I should or shouldn’t say in my column or in other areas of my life for that matter. To clarify, I am talking about my life not his life, but because we are married my actions affect him. To frame this conflict […]

Decision coming soon on ethanol plant permit

CNJ staff The state’s Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to deliberate Monday the fate of an air quality permit for the Clovis Ethanol Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit in May. Several community groups filed an appeal against the permit. They said the food company did not clearly state the location of […]

Commission OKs plans for two subdivisions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners approved plans Thursday for two subdivisions containing 170 houses just north of the city limits. The two housing subdivisions are in the city’s northern extra-territorial zone and have to comply with the city’s subdivision standards, according to Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. According to city plans, […]

Smoking ban poses patron problems

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

CCC board seeking to fill vacant position

CNJ staff Clovis Community College Board of Trustees member Charlton Guthals has resigned from the board after moving into a home outside the city limits. Guthals was appointed in January 2002 and served until Oct. 13. Guthals was secretary and represented District 2. His term was due to expire in 2007. Guthals said he is […]

Debate needed to include more foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Neither stumbled badly, but neither hit one out of the park. Since Sen. John Kerry had the more formidable task confronting him — to change public perception in areas where polls currently show President Bush has the advantage, like leadership — he probably didn’t win Thursday night’s encounter, whatever pundits or debating experts […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]