County wasted tax money on investigation

Most of us have disputes at work at one time or another. Sometimes employees complain about the boss — and vice versa. These issues are usually resolved when the adversaries sit down and talk. Or maybe staff meetings are held and policies are reviewed and changed. In some cases, there’s no way to work things […]

Ute water project may receive more money

CNJ staff Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up the […]

Climate change alarmism cooling off

Another frantic effort to redistribute wealth from developed nations to developing nations is under way, this time in Durban, South Africa. The excuse is the same old, tiresome claim that socialism writ large is necessary to save the planet from global warming. Fewer people are fooled every year the United Nations brings together representatives of […]

Lawyer: Couple accused of fraud saved government money

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

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CCC receives grant from Xcel Clovis Community College has received $4,000 in grant money from the Xcel Energy Foundation. The money is part the foundation’s arts and culture focus cycle. The total award of $41,500 was spread to 13 nonprofit groups promoting the arts in eastern and southeastern New Mexico The other cycles are education, […]

Press release: Bingaman talks county money

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a bill he has introduced that would extend the life of two initiatives that direct millions of dollars in payments to New Mexico counties to support local employment in schools, county maintenance programs, forest management, and other critical county programs. Bingaman’s […]

Budget meals featured on show

Information on making tailored and hidden plackets, flower arranging, and preparing nutritious meals for less money will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 13th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 15th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Connie Crawford, President, CEO and Designer for Fashion Patterns by Coni, will […]

It isn’t Amazon that’s acting with greed

Freedom New Mexico How perverse is it when wanting to keep money that you’ve earned is considered being greedy? Amazon, the online retail giant, has been castigated for not collecting sales taxes in states where it has no physical presence, and therefore no legal requirement to do so. Nevertheless, critics would have us believe Amazon […]

Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

ENMU shrimp boil to raise scholarship money

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Jamie Huizenga, left, and Melissa Sena, of the Alumni Affairs Office at Eastern New Mexico University, count how many tickets remain Wednesday afternoon for the ENMU alumni shrimp boil fundraiser. The event raises funds for scholarships for Portales High School seniors who will be attending ENMU. Alisa Boswell Eastern New […]

Printing money won’t further U.S. recovery

“Q E3” sounds like the name of a British cruise ship. It really stands for “Quantitative Easing 3,” a money-expansion scheme the U.S. Federal Reserve Board is considering to jump-start the economy. The Fed should drop the idea. Quantitative easing, in general, means “an unconventional monetary policy tool … to stimulate the national economy.” It […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Roosevelt County allotted federal money

CNJ staff Roosevelt County has been allotted $5,335 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money for non-disaster-related emergency food and shelter programs, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The state government and 24 counties are to receive a total of $544,745 for the programs, according to the release. […]

Savings savvy: Three ways to teach your kids about money

Paula Sirois This morning I implemented a new program with my kids: He or she who yells, pushes or screams has to put $1 into a jar on the shelf. At the end of the week, whoever hasn’t broken the rules gets all the cash. By this afternoon, I had already deposited $5, my son […]

Fireworks display still short on money

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File photo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is $10,000 short of its $25,000 goal. Liliana Castillo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is scheduled to explode over Greene Acres Park on July 4 despite drought and high temperatures. That is, if another $10,000 can be raised. Smoke on the Water […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wenesday briefing. Money for ‘Smoke’ Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year. The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed […]

BNSF helping raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

CNJ staff The BNSF Railway company’s Railway Special car will be in Clovis on Thursday and Friday as part of its 11 city tour, according to a news release. The BNSF Special will provide train rides to BNSF employees and their family members as a thank you for their service. The ride will also raise […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

James Bickley renovation becomes new building project

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools administration has asked that architects incorporate the front of the current James Bickley Elementary School into a new building for the school if the project is approved by the state. Liliana Castillo With cost estimates to renovate James Bickley Elementary School coming in at about $9 million, Clovis schools is […]