Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

Congress eager to pass pocket knife proposal

Freedom New Mexico Fiscal conservatives are always on the lookout for government putting its hands into the pockets of taxpayers. In a new twist to that worry, a federal agency is set to boldly reach into the pockets of millions of Americans and extract their … folding knives. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency […]

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]

Payments coming from your pocket

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It was as if President George Bush became Santa Claus. An MSNBC anchor announced the president signed into law a bill that extends unemployment compensation payments to jobless Americans and said, without flinching, this is “good news.” Only mainstream nonpartisan media can carry this off. For starters, extending […]

Sept. 7, 2008 Cops and Courts

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a 56-year-old Clovis man who was arrested in June for attempted breaking and entering after he tried to retrieve his bank card from an ATM machine with a pocket knife. “The whole situation? Oh man, how should I put this. I guess I would say that justice was served because […]

Clovis man arrested after ATM malfunction

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was charged with a felony Wednesday when he tried to retrieve his ATM card from a bank machine with his pocket knife. Manuel Beltran, 56, said he was trying to withdraw money from an ATM at a retail store to pay bills. “I put the card […]

May 15, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday an officer responded to a school in the 500 block of 14th Street for a student with a knife. The principal said a student turned a knife into a teacher that another student had put in his pocket. […]

Living life afraid more dangerous than what we fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m feeling a bit over-protected. I wrote recently to make fun of some of the “lawyer litter” standing more as a monument to multimillion dollar litigation than to protecting the populace. McDonald’s started it by pawning off dangerously hot coffee on an unsuspecting public, but as I sit writing in a […]

11/11 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clovis police went to a vacant home in the 1200 block of Prince Street after a neighbor to report a possible burglary. Police spoke with another neighbor, who said an unknown male approached her that day asking if […]

Mini bikes ruling roads

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Billy Hernandez, 12, right, and his brother Jesse, 9, ride their mini-chopper bikes in the parking lot Monday at Farwell High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer They’re the trendiest wheels on the road. But yes, you do need a license to operate a pocket bike on Clovis’ streets. And […]

Pocket bikes could be a dangerous fad

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the newest fad in transportation: mini-motorcycles known as pocket bikes. Some responses: “WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT in the afternoons I can always count on at least six to eight mini-motorcycles racing up and down my street with all the kids beeping their horns at […]

Mini bikes trendy way to travel

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By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers They’re only 3 feet high and can travel at 35 mph., and they’re catching on as trendy transportation for children and young adults. But Clovis police warn not just anyone may legally operate “pocket bikes” on Clovis’ city streets. “The pocket bikes are motor vehicles,” Clovis police Lt. Ron Hutchison […]

Welcome: The list of doomed toys

Clyde Davis Things we’d like to see for the holidays {Inspired by the list of unsafe toys}: ° Handsprings Elmo — This one doesn’t do the Hokey Pokey or Tickle Me. He does handsprings into the nearest waste basket. The ultra version even carries himself to the dumpster. ° Nerd Brats — Unlike fashion brats, […]