Curry, Roosevelt holding policy committee meeting

CNJ staff Curry and Roosevelt counties will hold a policy committee meeting 1:30 p.m. Monday in Portales as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study. The public meeting will be held at the Portales City Hall. For information or to get an agenda visit currycounty.org or call 763-6016.

Easier solutions would address health reform

Freedom New Mexico Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the […]

Water board meeting canceled

CNJ staff The Water Policy Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled.

Obama nuke policy echoes Bush doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The most telling thing that can be said about the Nuclear Posture Review, the occasional statement of U.S. doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons updated last week by President Barack Obama, is that it is virtually the same as the Bush administration’s doctrine, announced in 2001. There is a difference in […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Transportation commission approves red-light camera policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Communities with red-light cameras installed on state roads have 60 days to remove them according to a policy passed Thursday by the State Transportation Commission. The commission unanimously voted to approve the policy during a meeting held at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. The commission was meeting in Clovis […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age […]

Water Board seeks members

Freedom New Mexico The city has openings on the Water Policy Advisory Committee for citizens residing within city limits and one resident from Curry County. The committee makes recommendations to the city commission in areas including water conservation and reuse. It meets 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Anyone interested in serving should […]

Water board refining pipeline plan

CNJ staff The Water Policy Committee met Wednesday at City Hall. Here is a report on the meeting. Wednesday’s agenda included no action items. • Board Chairman Randy Crowder presented members with a revised water reuse pipeline plan from engineers Camp Dresser and McKee. The pipeline would allow the city to reuse wastewater for such […]

County commission prohibits jail notary service

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tying the knot behind bars just got a little more difficult in Curry County. Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit county employees at the jail from notarizing documents for non-employees, including marriage licenses for inmates. The policy was proposed by County Manager Lance Pyle, who told commissioners he was, “concerned […]

Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, […]

Mayor on political e-mail: ‘I won’t do that again’

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield said it never occurred to her that asking city officials to forward an e-mail invitation to a political candidate’s fundraising dinner was inappropriate. “I didn’t know that I couldn’t do that. I guess it’s in the personnel policy,” Clovis’ mayor said Tuesday afternoon. “I sent it out. […]

County Commissioners approve ankle bracelet policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a new policy for releasing jail inmates on ankle bracelet monitors. The policy is a direct response to the January escape of 18-year-old Fermin Rodriguez, who cut off his ankle bracelet, fled and remains at large. Then-newly hired jail administrator Lois Bean promised a complete review […]

County to discuss jail’s electronic monitoring program

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission is expected to consider a policy for the jail’s electronic monitoring program. The 14-page policy is expected to be presented to commissioners by County Manager Lance Pyle. It outlines the purpose of the program, intake criteria, rules of conduct for inmates, fees and what constitutes a violation, among other […]

Support grows to eliminate Cuba embargo

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most significant sign that U.S. policy toward Cuba might change beyond the lifting of restrictions on how often Cuban-Americans can travel to Cuba or how much money they can send to relatives there lies not in how enthusiastically President Obama shook somebody’s hand at a Latin-American summit — but in […]

Drug policy desperately needs overhaul

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a minor flurry of criticism last week for acknowledging the United States — or at least some people in the United States — bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug-law-related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The […]

Coffin issue a matter of respect

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist If my husband died in combat, would I want the media to photograph his coffin as his body came home to me? I can’t help getting choked up thinking about this grim scenario. I don’t even want to consider the possibility, let alone worry about whether I would want the […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]

Study: Campaign bucks oil policy wheels

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Changes made to tuition policy for CCC employees

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College employees are going to get a choice when it comes to their tuition waivers. Wednesday, The college Board of Regents approved the change, along with a new way to pay for employee travel. The college pays up to four credit hours a semester in tuition for […]