Monday morning briefing: Money to blow and an American icon

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Money to blow The Clovis/Curry County Chamber is raising the money for the annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water display solely from private donations again this year. Ditto the Roosevelt County Chamber and its annual Smokin’ Fourth. But time is running out and […]

Disposal dilemma

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker An 80-ton trash compactor flattens a load of garbage into the Clovis landfill Friday. The City of Portales has been hauling it’s trash to Clovis for at least five years, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales has been trucking […]

Clovis Civic Center still losing money

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File photo The Clovis Civic Center draws events the city couldn’t have hosted before, but comes with an annual six-figure loss. Estimated losses for the past year are $284,000. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By all indications, vendors who come to the Clovis Civic Center have been satisfied. By other indications, there just haven’t […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children. Machado, 13, was escorted by New Mexico State Police from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari on Friday afternoon. “It is impressive to see this young man doing such […]

Press release: Witnesses apprehend robbery suspect

A local woman was robbed of a money bag containing an undisclosed amount of money at a Clovis Allsup’s Convenience Store located at Grand and Prince Street today on Friday, June 18, 2010 at approximately 10:00 am when a suspect described as a black male was standing by an ice machine in front of the […]

Big Brother has enough snooping powers already

Freedom Newspapers Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the bill is supposed […]

Area communities receive grant money

CNJ staff Local municipalities are set to receive $1.5 million of allocations in Community Development Block Grant money. The allocations, made Wednesday in Albuquerque, were part of five, granted to entities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, which helped lobby for the monies. Gregg Williams, director of economic development for EPCOG, said he was […]

EPCOG sharing grant money

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government is one of seven New Mexico groups that will share in more than $2 million in economic development grant money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. EPCOG is a consortium of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure […]

Letter to the editor: Obamacare exerts too much control

Obamacare exerts too much control I must respond to the Portales woman who thanked U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., for voting for Obamacare. I fought and will continue to fight against this bill and any move to take America from the Land of Opportunity to the Land of the Dependent. First, if a […]

Government taxation nothing short of theft

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops officially came out in opposition to the health care nationalization bill that passed last week. The bishops, who often advocate that tax money be used for various humanitarian causes, likely supported many if not most provisions of the new law. However, the idea that some tax […]

Clovis housing agency receives federal grant

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received $41,212 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding came from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The program helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Commissioners cut budgets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners unanimously passed department budget cuts Tuesday at the advice of County Manager Lance Pyle, who said the money is needed to cover budget shortfalls. Cuts totaling $140,050 are intended to compensate for the loss of state money the county didn’t qualify for this year because of conflicting population […]

After taxes, little money left to save

Freedom New Mexico America Saves Week passed a couple of weeks ago. It was intended to raise awareness of the importance of putting a little money away for emergencies. The week went by with little notice, and it’s not surprising. Few people are saving money, and most say they aren’t able to. January’s personal savings […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

City targeting money from state euthanasia law change

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A male setter watches and licks his lips in anticipation as Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins fills his bowl with food Friday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. City officials are still waiting for money promised by the state to aid in a forced change from the gas chamber to lethal […]

Budget cuts may push back road projects

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Road Department employee Calvin Davis prepares to shut down a blade at the end of Wednesday’s shift. State budget cuts are cutting into road projects the county had planned for this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County may have to postpone some of its road […]

Bill would reinvest state money in state banks

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Rep. Brian Egolf is taking the `keep it local’ mantra to the extreme. Under a bill he’s carrying this session, the state would pull the roughly $1.4 billion it has in a Bank of America account and invest it in New Mexico banks. Egolf, D-Santa Fe, […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Education feature: Students raise money for one of their own

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Courtesy photo Chase Caron, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. Carson has a tumor on his brain stem. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Rep. Dennis Roch, of Tucumcari, brought comic relief to an otherwise somber legislative breakfast in Clovis Wednesday morning. Legislators told attendees there is no money in state coffers for local projects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as […]