City approves meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After three hours of debate, the City Commission passed a methamphetamine ordinance with a 6-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance was previously approved by the Portales City Commission, Roosevelt County Commission and Curry County Commission. Commissioners Randy Crowder and Isidro Garcia voted against the ordinance, which will restrict […]

County Commission passes meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission unanimously passed a meth ordinance Wednesday which will restrict the display and sale of cold and sinus medicine used in the production of methamphetamine. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and a key member of the Region Five Drug Task Force told the commission meth […]

Meth ordinance up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An attempt to crack down on methamphetamine production has begun with the passing of an ordinance limiting the sale of pseudophedrine-based cold and sinus products in Portales and Roosevelt County. Commissioners in Curry County and Clovis will vote on the ordinance proposed by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

8/21 Letters to the editor

Meth proposal for good of community The Clovis News Journal’s libertarian, anti-government viewpoint obviously takes precedent over what is best for our city. (Last Sunday’s editorial: “Proposed meth ordinance should not be approved.”) Methamphet-amine is a crisis in our area, as well as our nation. District Attorney Matt Chandler recently reported that 70 percent of […]

Proposed meth ordinance should not be approved

Freedom Newspapers Citizens beware: Our government is trying to save us from ourselves again. Clovis and Portales leaders, spurred by recommendations from the district attorney’s office, are considering ordinances restricting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines. Criminal prosecutor Matt Chandler wants powder and hard-pill form pseudoephedrine products placed behind store counters; he wants sales […]

Meth latest ‘most dangerous’ drug

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist “America’s Most Dangerous Drug,” blares the cover story in Newsweek. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might wonder what drug the magazine has in mind. Tobacco, which kills more than 400,000 people each year? Alcohol, which contributes to thousands of traffic fatalities? Crack, which spawned a wave of violent […]

Q&A: Domenici talks energy bill, save Cannon efforts

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually landed him in the Senate. Q: The energy bill was passed through […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Reader opinion split on meth ordinance

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis city commissioners should approve an ordinance that will put some cold and allergy medicine behind counters and require buyers to provide a name, address and driver’s license prior to purchase in efforts to curb production of methamphetamine. Some responses: “This is one more case of privacy […]

Anti-meth bill advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy counter. […]

Task force clarifies meth ordinance

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Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, right, voices concerns over a proposed ordinance involving the sale of pseudeophedrine-based drugs in the Clovis area during a meeting held Friday at City Hall to discuss the ordinance. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A task force charged with reviewing a proposed city methamphetamine ordinance on Friday hammered more […]