Former jail administrator paid $65,000 in settlement

CNJ staff Another insurance settlement paid out on behalf of Curry County that wasn’t made public was some $65,000 to former jail Administrator Lois Bean. County Attorney Stephen Doerr confirmed the settlement on Thursday during questioning about a $450,000 settlement paid a Clovis man for mistreatment while being held in the jail’s juvenile facility. Bean […]

Firefighting better if privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Press release: NM senators want military paid if government shutdown happens

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown.

Police blotter — March 20

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. March 12 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 3000 block of North Prince Street for a theft of services report. A manager said a group of five men had eaten, ordering more than $180 in food and […]

County treasurer says she has faith in investment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker said she has faith in a $2.3 million investment that, as of the end of December, has lost nearly $20,000 and paid almost $6,000 in management fees. At a special study session scheduled Wednesday, she plans to show the account and its losses have […]

Bank fees will trickle down to consumers

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama is said to be considering a special tax (or fee or levy, as some might prefer to disguise it) on financial institutions, though the calculated leaks from the White House suggest the details are still up for grabs. Before he gets much farther it would be a good idea […]

City approves procession request with restrictions

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Persistence paid off for Sean Ferreira. But it comes with a price. Clovis City Commissioners approved — with strict conditions — an Aug. 28 “Jump Up” religious procession. It will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. along Main and Pile streets between Second and Fifth Streets. Ferreira […]

March 5, 2009 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 a.m. Feb. 18 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of North Prince Street for a report of embezzlement. A manager said an employee had been taking merchandise, his cash drawer had been short and there was […]

Hollywood writers have right idea

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is joining them on the picket […]

Candidates’ plans will cost us big in the long run

By Freedom New Mexico As the primaries near, promises will get thicker than flies in a pigsty. Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton already sets the pace. Consider these, for starters. If you elect her, Sen. Clinton promises to give a $5,000 handout, which she calls a “baby bond,” to every newborn child to help them buy […]

Oct. 3, 1951

Ralph Wright, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Washington D.C., was expected to make a speech at the 28th annual Convention of the New Mexico State Federation of Labor at the Hotel Clovis. … Coffey Texaco Service, located at 700 W. Seventh St., advised readers to “winterize” their cars in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A three-room […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident to appear on paid programming

A CLOVIS RESIDENT will peddle the fertilizing device his grandfather created on television today. Robert Thorn, general manager of Inject-O-Meter Mfg. Co., and his “chemigation” and “fertigation” pumps will be featured on “World Business Review.” The pumps are primarily used to inject fertilizers and other chemicals into agricultural irrigation systems, Thorn said. But the pumps […]

Some teachers’ salaries exceed principals’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Some teachers in Clovis Municipal Schools are being paid more than principals because of a skewed salary system mandated by the state, according to Clovis Schools administration. The highest paid teachers in the district get approximately $7 more an hour than elementary principals, according to a breakdown of salaries […]

Parking preferences can speak volumes

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m halfway through the book “Long Way Round.” It’s about actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s eastward motorcycle journey from London to New York. The two are reminiscing about training for the trip through places where they might be looking down the barrels of several AK-47 machine guns. They described […]

Freedom needs boost nationally, globally in 2007

Editorial I f there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. […]

The Apostle Paul’s critics are still alive and well

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Some things never change. When in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul is relentlessly pounding home to his readers the point of the gospel that salvation comes only “by grace through faith” — indeed, that it cannot come “by law through works,” he faces these two thousand years later […]

Politics brutal, restraint would be nice

David Stevens : CNJ Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

Paid advertisement, shameless propaganda

Letters to the Editor I am writing this letter in response to a paid political advertisement paid for by Dian Forsythe (in last Sunday’s CNJ), which really was just a ridiculous jab at the law enforcement of Clovis and Curry County. I realize this response comes after the election, but I trust the citizens of […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]